Chuck Negron

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Chuck Negron
Negron singing into a microphone onstage
Negron performing live in 2008
Background information
Birth name Charles Negron
Born (1942-06-08) June 8, 1942 (age 74)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • composer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1960–present
Labels Dunhill
Associated acts Three Dog Night

Charles "Chuck" Negron (born June 8, 1942) is an American singer-songwriter, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the rock band Three Dog Night, which he helped to form in 1968.


Charles Negron was born on June 8, 1942, in Manhattan, New York to a Puerto Rican father and a British mother. He grew up in The Bronx, where he sang in local doo-wop groups and played basketball both in schoolyard pick-up games and at William Howard Taft High School. The latter talent led to his being recruited to play basketball at Allan Hancock College, a small community college in Santa Maria, California; later, he played at California State University, Los Angeles.[4]



In 1967, Negron's pal, singer Danny Hutton, invited Negron to join him and Cory Wells; they founded the band Three Dog Night. The group became one of the most successful bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s, having sold approximately 60 million records and earned gold records for such songs as "One", "Easy to be Hard", and "Joy to the World".[5]

The rock and roll lifestyle took its toll on Negron, and by the time Three Dog Night disbanded in 1976, Negron had a serious heroin addiction which began in the early 1970s. In July 1975, the British music magazine, NME, reported that Negron had been arrested for cocaine possession in Kentucky.[6]

He overcame his addiction in September 1991 and embarked on a solo career, recording the albums:


He also wrote his autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare (1999). In the book, Negron attributes his recovery from heroin addiction to his turning to God in desperation, after dropping out from more than 30 drug treatment facilities.[13]

Personal life[edit]

In 2006, Negron was featured in an episode of the A&E reality show, Intervention, about his son Chuckie and grandson Noah Bryan Negron.[14]

Negron also has a stepson, Berry Oakley, Jr., and three daughters: Annabelle Negron, with actress Kate Vernon; and Shaunti Ann Negron and Charlotte Rose Negron,[citation needed], who performed with him at the Key Club.[citation needed] and at the Hollywood Bowl.[citation needed]

Actor, comedian, painter, and playwright Taylor Negron was Negron's cousin.[15]


  • Negron, Chuck; Chris Blatchford (2000). Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story. Renaissance Books. 158063155X. 
  1. ^ George-Warren, Holly; Romanowski, Patricia, eds. (2001). The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock & Roll (3rd ed.). Fireside. p. 990. ISBN 0-7432-9201-4. 
  2. ^ Hoffmann, Frank, ed. (2005). "Soft Rock And Related Styles". Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound. 2. Routledge. pp. 1011–12. ISBN 0-415-93835-X. 
  3. ^ Negron, Chuck (2008). Three Dog Nightmare: The Continuing Chuck Negron Story. Literary Architects. p. 68. ISBN 978-1-9336-6913-7. 
  4. ^ "Chuck Negron biography". 
  5. ^ Freeman, Paul (August 15, 2012). "The dark, one-dog night of Chuck Negron". San Jose Mercury News. 
  6. ^ Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 278. CN 5585. 
  7. ^ Negron, Chuck (1995). Am I Still In Your Heart?. Viceroy. 
  8. ^ Negron, Chuck (1996). Joy to the World. Viceroy. 
  9. ^ Negron, Chuck (1999). Long Road Back. Hip-O. 
  10. ^ Negron, Chuck (2001). Chuck Negron – Live In Concert. Sin-Drome Records. 
  11. ^ Negron, Chuck. Live and In Concert. Delta Distribution. 
  12. ^ Negron, Chuck. The Chuck Negron Story. Delta Distribution. 
  13. ^ Negron, Chuck & Blatchford, Chris (June 1999). Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story (Hardcover, First ed.). Renaissance Books. ISBN 1580630405. 
  14. ^ "Intervention Episode Guide". A&E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  15. ^ Looseleaf, Victoria (April 27, 2001). "For Negron, It's Totally Cool to Be Unhip". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 

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