Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night Succumbs to Cancer

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Submitted by Cashbox Canada

Three Dog Night had an iconic sound of organ and electric piano, and that was Jimmy Greenspoon. He died on March 11 of metastatic melanoma, which he only announced just over five months ago.

On the Three Dog Night Facebook page, the band announced, "We are very saddened at the passing of our dear friend and longtime band mate, Jimmy Greenspoon. Jimmy died peacefully at home today surrounded by his family. Please keep him and his loved ones in your prayers and your hearts."
Named Three Dog Night for the original members of the band Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells they decided to expand the band to seven pieces by hiring four musicians, Greenspoon being one of them.

Greenspoon was raised in Beverly Hills, where his musical training began at the age of seven with piano lessons encouraged by his mother, Mary O’Brien, the former silent screen actress.He recorded with his surf group the New Dimensions while in junior high and high school. After attending the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, he became a fixture at Sunset Strip clubs, playing with a host of bands. For a brief time he lived in Denver, where he was a member of the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band.

Charting started for Three Dog Night in 1969 with hits like ‘One’, ‘Mama Told Me Not to Come’, ‘Eli’s Coming’, ‘Never Been to Spain’, ‘Black and White’ and ‘Joy to the World’ with the opening line of Jeremiah was a bullfrog that identified the song to us all.

After 21 Top 40 hits and 3 # 1’s on the charts,the band  broke up in 1976. He also played with the likes of Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and the Beach Boys. Greenspoon kept busy with a recording career working Shaun Cassidy, Beck, Boger and Appice amongst others. The band reunited in 1981 and Greenspoon once again become a member of Three Dog Night, going out on the road until recently.

He is survived by his wife Susie. Jimmy Greenspoon was 67 years old.