Jimmy Greenspoon

James Boyd "Jimmy" Greenspoon (February 7, 1948 – March 11, 2015) was an American keyboard player and composer, best known as a member of the band Three Dog Night.

Jimmy Greenspoon
Three Dog Night keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon
Greenspoon in 2012
Background information
Birth nameJames Boyd Greenspoon
Also known asThe Maestro
BornFebruary 7, 1948
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
DiedMarch 11, 2015 (aged 67)
North Potomac, Maryland, U.S.
GenresRock, pop
InstrumentsKeyboards, vocals
Years active1963–2015
Associated actsThree Dog Night

Early life and education

Greenspoon was born in Los Angeles, California, and raised in Beverly Hills. His musical training began at the age of seven with classical piano lessons encouraged by his mother, Mary O'Brian. O'Brian was a silent screen actress,[1] who had film roles including the wife in Buster Keaton's 1926 movie Battling Butler. Greenspoon attended Beverly Hills High School along with Richard Dreyfuss, Bonnie Franklin and his childhood friend producer, Michael Lloyd. Lloyd and Greenspoon had their first chart success with the surf group The New Dimensions, in 1963. Greenspoon attended the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music and studied with west coast piano instructor, Harry Fields. Greenspoon had one a daughter Heather Greenspoon


Greenspoon performed and recorded with Linda Ronstadt, Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, America, The Beach Boys, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Nils Lofgren, Lowell George, Kim Fowley, Donovan, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, Chris Hillman, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, James Burton, Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, The Wrecking Crew, Osibisa, Shaun Cassidy, Cheech & Chong, and Redbone.[1][2]

Greenspoon worked on the Sunset Strip in the 1960s with the groups Sound of the Seventh Son and The East Side Kids. His bands held residence at The Trip, Stratford on Sunset (now The House Of Blues) Brave New World, Bidos Litos, Ciros, and The Whiskey.

In late 1966, Greenspoon moved to Denver, Colorado, with the members of The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band and formed the group Superband. In 1968, Greenspoon moved back to Los Angeles, where he met Danny Hutton, and subsequently formed Three Dog Night.

Other ventures

Greenspoon served as an Entertainment and Media Consultant with the Murry-Wood Foundation and composed original music for the movies Fragment, produced by Lloyd Levin, United 93, Hellboy, Watchmen, Field of Dreams, Predator, and Die Hard. He collaborated with the composer Neil Argo.


In 2000, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.[3]

Illness and death

In 2014, Greenspoon was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, and stopped touring with Three Dog Night.[4] He died of cancer in North Potomac, Maryland, at the age of 67.[5]


  • Greenspoon, Jimmy; Bego, Mark (1991). One Is the Loneliest Number. Pharos Books. ISBN 978-0886876470.


  1. ^ a b "January to June 2015". The Dead Rock Stars Club. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jimmy Greenspoon Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved March 11, 2015.
  3. ^ "Jimmy Greenspoon" (PDF). Palm Springs Walk of Stars. December 16, 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 13, 2012.
  4. ^ Graff, Gary (October 24, 2014). "Ailing Three Dog Night keyboardist calls for fans' help". The Oakland Press.
  5. ^ "Jimmy Greenspoon, Keyboardist for Three Dog Night, Dies at 67". The New York Times. Associated Press. March 13, 2015. p. D8.

External links

Coming Down Your Way

Coming Down Your Way is the thirteenth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1975.

Cory Wells

Cory Wells (born Emil Lewandowski; February 5, 1941 – October 20, 2015) was an American singer, best known as one of the three lead vocalists in the band Three Dog Night.

Cyan (Three Dog Night album)

Cyan is the tenth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1973.


Greenspoon is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Danny Greenspoon, Canadian record producer

Jimmy Greenspoon (1948–2015), American keyboardist

Hard Labor

Hard Labor is the eleventh album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1974.

Harmony (Three Dog Night album)

Harmony is the seventh album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1971 (see 1971 in music). The album featured two Top 10 hits: "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (U.S. #4) and a cover version of Hoyt Axton's "Never Been to Spain" (U.S. #5).

It's a Jungle

It's a Jungle is an EP by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1983.

It Ain't Easy (Three Dog Night album)

It Ain't Easy is the fourth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1970. According to lead singer Chuck Negron's book Three Dog Nightmare, the album's working title was The Wizards of Orange, with a cover featuring the band's members wearing orange make-up and posing in the nude. The band's record company, ABC/Dunhill, rejected the original album title and cover art, although some configurations of their first "greatest hits" album, 1971's Golden Bisquits, would later be packaged using It Ain't Easy's original cover photo.

Mark Bego

Mark Joseph Bego (born 23 September 1952, in Pontiac, Michigan) is an author of biographies in the rock & roll and show business genres. Bego has written 59 books, two of which have been New York Times Best Sellers. Bego has written biographers about some of entertainment's biggest stars, including: Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Billy Joel, Patsy Cline, Leonardo DiCaprio, Whitney Houston and many more.

From 1978 to 1980 he was the Nightlife Editor for Manhattan’s Cue, covering everything from Studio 54 to all the jazz and cabaret clubs in the city. From 1983 to 1985 he was Editor-In-Chief of Modern Screen. His writing has also appeared in People, US, Billboard, Record World, Cosmopolitan, Star, and National Enquirer.

Mark Bego's book on pop legend Michael Jackson, titled Michael! was released a week after the infamous Pepsi Cola commercial in which Jackson's hair caught fire. The book sold three million copies in the United States alone and landed on the New York Times Best Sellers for six weeks. Bego also got the chance to travel with Jackson and his brothers on the "Victory!" Tour, and subsequently wrote the book entitled On The Road With Michael!

He has also written books with Micky Dolenz of The Monkees (I’m a Believer), Debbie Gibson (Between the Lines), and Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night (One is the Loneliest Number). In addition, Bego has written a book called One Minute Before Midnight with Ruth Mueller. Bego’s book subjects have ranged from Elvis Presley, Linda Ronstadt, Whitney Houston, Bonnie Raitt, Julia Roberts, Joni Mitchell, Billy Joel, and Jackson Browne to Cher and Bette Midler. In 1994, his more general books published included Country Gals (life stories of Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, Tanya Tucker, and other famed women in country music, and Country Hunks (spotlighting Vince Gill, Billy Ray Cyrus, George Strait and others). Bego also authored the reference books TV Rock (The History of Rock & Roll on Television) and The Rock & Roll Almanac. He has also written books about Hollywood in its heyday The Best of “Modern Screen", and Rock Hudson: Public and Private. Bego wrote a memoir with Memphis Mafia member Lamar Fike called An Uncommon Journey: On Elvis Presley Boulevard. He co-wrote a screenplay based on the book called ’57 to ’60: One of the Boys.

At the height of the box-office success of the film Titanic, Bego wrote the biography of the movie’s star Leonardo DiCaprio: Romantic Hero. It spent six weeks on The New York Times best-seller list in 1998.In 2008, Bego published his 51st pop culture book, written with Randy Jones of Village People, entitled Macho Man. Recently, Bego penned his own showbusiness memoir, Paperback Writer. Cindy Adams in The New York Post wrote about the book, "Paperback Writer...a tell-all telling things he couldn't tell in previous books — like Aretha Franklin cooking chicken, and when the chicken was finished, so was the interview." Paperback Writer hit Number Two on The Book Soup paperback Best Seller List. Bego frequently is seen on television speaking about showbusiness, on such shows as Entertainment Tonight, Biography and True Hollywood Story.

Music from Free Creek

Music from Free Creek is an album from a series of 1969 "super session" recordings by Free Creek, a group composed of a number of internationally renowned musical artists of the time, including Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Keith Emerson, Buzz Feiten, Mitch Mitchell and Linda Ronstadt. Joe Viglione from www.allmusic.com has stated that "Music from Free Creek is a super session album, where the musicians are playing for the fun of it, and that comes across. The material doesn't get bogged down in 'names'; it just flows."

Naturally (Three Dog Night album)

Naturally is the fifth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1970. It produced two top ten hits: "Joy to the World" (#1 in February) and "Liar" (#7). "One Man Band" reached the top 20 (#19). The only original by the band is the instrumental "Fire Eater".

Playa Del Rock

Playa Del Rock was the third album and most recent studio album by London, released on December 19, 1990 by Noise Records. Some versions of this album was released under the band name D'Priest. Studio recording included appearances by Jimmy Greenspoon of Three Dog Night, Guy Babylon of Elton John as well as Richard Podolor, a/k/a Richie Allen on Mandolin.

"Hot Child in the City" is a Nick Gilder cover.

Seven Separate Fools

Seven Separate Fools is the eighth album by American rock band Three Dog Night, released in 1972. The LP version of the album was released with seven large playing cards (each nearly 12 inches in height) as an extra bonus.

Suitable for Framing

Suitable for Framing is the second studio album by American rock band Three Dog Night. The album was released on the Dunhill record label on June 11, 1969 and was the first of two albums released by the band that year (see 1969 in music).

The album contains the top 20 hit singles "Easy to Be Hard", "Eli's Coming", and "Celebrate"; the latter of which (along with the album's opening track "Feelin' Alright") featured the Chicago horn section. It is also notable for being the first album by Three Dog Night to include songs written by band members, and for its inclusion of the Elton John / Bernie Taupin song "Lady Samantha," as the duo of John/Taupin would not become widely known in the United States for another year.

The album reached the top 10 on charts in both The United States and Canada and became certified gold by the RIAA at the end of the year.

The Best of 3 Dog Night

The Best of 3 Dog Night is the fifteenth album by the American rock band, Three Dog Night, released in 1982.

The Family of Man (Three Dog Night song)

"The Family of Man" is a song written by Paul Williams and Jack Conrad and most famously performed by Three Dog Night. It was featured on their 1971 album, Harmony. The song was produced by Richard Podolor.In the US, "The Family of Man" reached #12 on the Billboard chart, and #27 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart. Outside of the US, "The Family of Man" peaked at #5 in Canada,

Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night is an American rock band. They formed in 1967 with a line-up consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Joe Schermie (bass), Michael Allsup (guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums). The band registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits (with three hitting number one) between 1969 and 1975. Because Three Dog Night recorded many songs written by outside songwriters, they helped introduce mainstream audiences to writers such as Paul Williams ("An Old Fashioned Love Song") and Hoyt Axton ("Joy to the World").

Three Dog Night (album)

Three Dog Night (also known as One) is the self-titled debut album by American rock band Three Dog Night. The album was originally released by Dunhill Records on October 16, 1968. The album is known for featuring the band's top 5 hit single, "One", although it was not on the original releases of the album.

The album made the Top 20 on the albums charts in the United States and Canada. It has been reissued multiple times by Dunhill, MCA, and Geffen record labels.

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