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Negron performing live in 2008
|Birth name||Charles Negron|
|Born||June 8, 1942|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Associated acts||Three Dog Night|
Negron was born on June 8, 1942, in Manhattan to Charles Negron and Elizabeth Rooke. At 5 years old, his father, a nightclub singer, and his mother divorced. Negron and his twin sister, Nancy, were placed in an orphanage by their mother. Two years later, she took them back.
Negron 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.
In 1967, singer Danny Hutton invited Negron to join him and Cory Wells to found 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".
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. He overcame his addiction in September 1991 and embarked on a solo career, recording the albums:
- Am I Still In Your Heart? (1995)
- Joy to the World (1996), a Christmas CD
- Long Road Back (1999)
- Chuck Negron – Live In Concert (2001), a double CD set, recorded at Southern Methodist University (Dallas) and released on Sindrome Records, with sidemen Richard Campbell on bass guitar, Danny Mishkit on guitar, keyboards and saxophone, Frank Reina on drums and Terence Elliott on lead guitar
- Live and In Concert (2005)
- The Chuck Negron Story (2005)
He wrote his autobiography, Three Dog Nightmare (1999), in which he attributes his recovery from heroin addiction to his turning to God in desperation, after dropping out from more than 30 drug treatment facilities. A revised version with several new chapters was released in 2018.
Negron has been married three times. He was married to Paula Louise Ann Goetten from 1970-73. They had one daughter, Shaunti Negron-Levick. In 1976, Negron married Julia Densmore, the former wife of The Doors drummer John Densmore. They divorced in 1985 having a son, Chuckie.
In 1993, Negron married Robin Silna and they divorced in 2001 having a daughter, Charlotte Negron.
Negron has a son, Charles Negron III, a stepson, Berry Oakley, Jr., and three daughters: Annabelle Negron, with actress Kate Vernon; Shaunti Ann Negron and Charlotte Rose Negron. Taylor Negron (an actor, comedian, painter, and playwright) was Negron's cousin.
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