Danny Hutton

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Danny Hutton
Hutton, 1969
Hutton, 1969
Background information
Birth nameDaniel Anthony Hutton
Also known asDanny Hutton
Born (1942-09-10) September 10, 1942 (age 79)
Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland
OriginLos Angeles, California, U.S.
GenresRock, pop
Years active1964–present
LabelsDunhill, MGM, MCA, Epic, Columbia
Associated actsThree Dog Night
Beck, Bogert & Appice
Chuck Negron
Cory Wells
Harry Nilsson
Laura Nyro
Randy Newman
Hoyt Axton
Russ Ballard
Leo Sayer
Brian Wilson

Daniel Anthony Hutton (born September 10, 1942) is an Irish-American singer, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band Three Dog Night. Hutton was a songwriter and singer for Hanna-Barbera Records from 1965–66.[1] Hutton had a modest national hit, "Roses and Rainbows", during his tenure as a recording artist for Hanna-Barbera Records. Hutton is the father of Dash Hutton, the former drummer in the American rock band Haim.

Three Dog Night[edit]

Three Dog Night was based around the vocal skills of Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells. In 1967, Hutton conceived the idea of a three-vocalist group, and he and Wells enlisted mutual friend Negron. The official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 states that vocalist Hutton's then-girlfriend June Fairchild suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians,[2] in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground whilst embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night was freezing, it was a "three-dog night".[3]

Their first Top Ten hit was "One", in 1969. "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" reached #1 a year later. "Joy to the World" became the group's biggest hit in 1971. The group's final #1, "Black and White", topped the Hot 100 in 1972. "The Show Must Go On" was their final Top Ten song, in 1974. They had 21 hit singles, including 11 Top Ten hits and 12 consecutive gold albums, from 1969 to 1975. Steve Huey of Allmusic wrote,

While often criticized as commercial, the band was noted for creative arrangements and interpretations, and their cover choices gave exposure to Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, Randy Newman, Hoyt Axton, Russ Ballard and Leo Sayer. Their backing musicians included guitarist Mike Allsup, keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, bassist Joe Schermie and drummer Floyd Sneed.[4]

By 1976 the hits had stopped, there were several member changes (Coming Down Your Way produced only one Top 40 hit and American Pastime failed to produce a charting single), Negron was taking the leads on many of their songs and Hutton left the group; Three Dog Night officially disbanded in 1977. Three Dog Night, an ABC Dunhill Records act, was managed by Reb Foster and Associates of Beverly Hills and the band's concerts were promoted by Concerts West. The band got back together in the early 1980s, and continued with Hutton and Wells along with founding members Allsup and Greenspoon. Greenspoon died on March 11, 2015, and Wells died on October 20, 2015. Hutton continues to lead Three Dog Night along with Michael Allsup and the band, touring regularly throughout the US and Canada.

Other output[edit]

Before the formation of Three Dog Night, Hutton hit #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Roses and Rainbows" in 1965, during his tenure as a recording artist for Hanna-Barbera Records. Hutton also sang vocals with the power trio BBA on their eponymous album released by Epic in 1973.

After Three Dog Night's initial break up, Hutton managed punk rock bands, including Fear. He also fronted Danny Hutton Hitters, whose cover of the Nik Kershaw song "Wouldn't It Be Good" appeared on the soundtrack for the 1986 film Pretty in Pink.


  1. ^ Chris Davidson. "Interview with Danny Hutton". Bubblegum Music.com. Archived from the original on 2009-02-24. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
  2. ^ Chawkins, Steve (2015-02-18). "June Fairchild dies at 68; former actress lived on skid row". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
  3. ^ Three Dog Night Archived 2010-02-10 at the Wayback Machine origins of the band's name
  4. ^ Steve Huey. "Three Dog Night: Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-03-07.


  • Three Dog Nightmare, Chuck Negron. Renaissance Books 1st edition (June 1999); ISBN 1-58063-040-5
  • One Is the Loneliest Number: On the Road and Behind the Scenes With the Legendary Rock Band Three Dog Night, Greenspoon, Jimmy and Bago, Mark. Pharos Books (January 1991); ISBN 0-88687-647-8

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