Danny Hutton

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Three Dog Night

Daniel Anthony Hutton (born September 10, 1942, Buncrana, County Donegal), is an Irish-American singer, who was also the head of Hanna Barbera Records from 1965-1966. Best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the seminal band, Three Dog Night; Danny and his family emigrated to the United States when he was four years old. They settled first in Boston before moving to California, where Danny grew up in LA's Beachwood Canyon under the Hollywood sign. In fact, Danny still owns that house he grew up in. 

From 1969-1974, Three Dog Night had twenty-one consecutive Top 40 hits, eighteen straight Top 20s, eleven Top 10s, seven number 1s, seven million-selling singles and twelve straight gold LPs. By late '75, they had sold nearly 50 million records. Danny Hutton formed 3DN with Cory Wells and Chuck Negron in 1968. Prior to that, Hutton was a successful solo artist, scoring a Top 100 hit with "Roses and Rainbows". 

The band took their name from an Australian expression describing low nocturnal temperatures in the outback (the colder the night, the more dogs needed to keep warm while sleeping). Their first "Top Ten" hit was "One," in 1969, while, "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," reached #1 a year later. "Joy to the World" became the group's biggest hit, in 1971, and their final #1, "Black and White," was in 1972; and, their final "Top Ten" song was in 1974, "The Show Must Go On." Danny Hutton and Three Dog Night are associated with such important figures as Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Leo Sayer, Brian Wilson and Neil Young, interpreting and collaborating on many of their compositions. 

3DN officially ended in 1977, however Mr Hutton reunited with his band Three Dog Night in 1981, playing up to sixty concerts a year with many of the original line up on board.  He also writes, arranges and records original music with two of his sons at his recording studio outside Los Angeles, still engaged with contemporary sounds.

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