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.
Early life and education
Greenspoon was born in Los Angeles, California, United States, and raised in Beverly Hills. His musical training began at the age of seven with classical piano lessons encouraged by his mother, Mary O'Brien. O'Brien was a silent screen actress, who had film roles including the wife in Buster Keaton's 1926 movie, Battling Butler. Greenspoon attendedBeverly Hills High School along with Richard Dreyfuss, Bonnie Franklin and his childhood friend - eventual Academy Award winning 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.
Throughout his career, Greenspoon has performed and recorded with America, The Beach Boys, Beck, Bogert & Appice, Nils Lofgren, Lowell George, Donovan, Eric Clapton, Buddy Miles, Stephen Stills, Jeff Beck, Chris Hillman,Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, James Burton, Hal Blaine, Leon Russell, The Wrecking Crew, Osibisa, Shaun Cassidy,Linda Ronstadt, Cheech & Chong, Redbone, and Jimi Hendrix.
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.
Greenspoon published his autobiography in 1991, titled One Is The Loneliest Number - On The Road And Behind The Scenes With Legendary Rock Band Three Dog Night, (ISBN 0886876478) co-written by Mark Bego, published by Pharos Books and distributed by St. Martin's Press.
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 has also collaborated with the composer Neil Argo.
In 2000, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him.
Illness and death
In 2014, Greenspoon was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma, and was forced to stop touring with Three Dog Night.
He died from cancer in Montgomery County, Maryland, on March 11, 2015.
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