If you rocked along to “Joy to the World” at the 170th Annual Lorain County Fair, you were among the very last audiences to see Three Dog Night singer Cory Wells perform.
Wells, who co-founded the iconic group in 1965, died Tuesday in Dunkirk, N.Y. He was 74.
“It is with deep sadness and disbelief that I must report the passing of Cory Wells, my beloved band mate for over 45 years,” announced Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night on the band’s website. “Cory was an incredible singer – a great performer, he could sing anything.”
The band headlined the fair Aug. 24 in Wellington, with Wells crooning on such as “Shambala” and “One (Is the Loneliest Number).”
During the concert, Three Dog Night mourned the the March death of another band mate — longtime keyboardist Jimmy Greespoon to cancer.
Shortly after the fair, in September, Wells’ health took a turn for the worse. Citing severe back pain, he went on hiatus.
No cause of death was mentioned in the announcement by Hutton.
“Cory was like a brother in so many ways,“ said Hutton. “We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss.”
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Jason Hawk | Civitas Media Cory Wells jams during the Three Dog Night concert Aug. 24 in Wellington, which was among his last performances.