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Cory Wells Obituary

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Cory Wells (Scott Legato / Getty Images)
Cory Wells (Scott Legato / Getty Images)
Cory Wells of Three Dog Night -- one of the biggest rock bands of the early '70s -- died Tuesday, Oct. 20, his bandmates confirmed in a news release, according to Billboard. 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," said Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night. "Cory was an incredible singer -- a great performer, he could sing anything. Cory was like a brother in so many ways. We had been together since 1965 and I am in shock at this sudden loss."

One of the founding members of Three Dog Night, Wells was one of the band's three lead singers. They topped the Billboard Hot 100 three times with classic songs such as "Joy to the World" (which has appeared in numerous films and TV shows), "Mama Told Me (Not To Come)" and "Black and White." The band earned 21 top-40 hits on the Hot 100 chart.

Wells was born Emil Lewandowski in Buffalo, New York, on Feb. 2, 1941. He joined the U.S. Air Force out of high school. After his service ended, he returned to Buffalo and played in several bands before moving to California.

Wells stopped performing in September after developing severe back pain. Wells is survived by Mary, his wife of 50 years, his daughters Coryann and Dawn Marie, and five grandchildren.

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Published online on October 24, 2015 courtesy of Tributes.com
Cory was born on February 2, 1941 and passed away on Tuesday, October 20, 2015. Cory was a resident of London, Ohio at the time of his passing. He joined the U.S. Air Force. He was married to... Read Obituary