Longtime – and I mean longtime – Three Dog Night keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon passed away on March 11th at age 67 from cancer. His trademark organ and electric piano styles were an integral part of the group’s sound. After the breakup of The Beatles Three Dog Night became the top-selling group in the world. The band broke up in the mid-’70s and then reunited a few years later. To my knowledge Greenspoon was always a member of the lineup and continued up until October 2014 when he took a leave of absence to deal with his illness. Bass player Joe Schermie died of a heart attack in 2002 but the rest of the original lineup is still alive and well. Guitarist Mike Allsup continues to play with the band, which for years now has featured two of the three lead singers, Cory Wells and Danny Hutton. Chuck Negron, after kicking the heroin addiction that nearly killed him, continues to tour and record as a solo act. Original drummer Floyd Sneed soldiers on after losing his wife and daughter to cancer.
Jimmy Greenspoon’s name can be heard on the Frank Zappa/Mother’s of Invention 1971 Live at the Fillmore album. Singers Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan engage in a dialogue/argument, with Howard playing a “rock star” and Mark playing a “groupie.” Mark wants to know which other big stars Howard has met and Howard says, “Jimmy Greenspoon, once.” Mark is thrilled, gasping that Three Dog Night is his “favorite band.”