Joe Schermie

We all know Jeremiah was a bullfrog, however if you came within earshot of an AM radio in the late ‘60’s – early 70s you also know the late Joe Schermie by way of “One,” “Easy To Be Hard,” “Eli’s Comin” “Celebrate,” “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” “Joy to the World,” “Liar,” “Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Never Been To Spain,” and “Black & White,” to name a few. Three Dog Night was America’s premier pop singles band of the era, knocking out 21 Top 40 hits between ‘69 and ’75.

In the process they introduced such important songwriters as Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer to the masses. Note that Three Dog Night recorded and released “Your Song” previous to Elton and Bernie.

Founding bassist Schermie was their soul-inspired harmonic bedrock: always in the pocket, rendering all the right notes with a diversity of rhythmic variations, and allowing space within the songs for their remarkable triumvirate of singers to shine. Joe was a true finesse player with a rock ‘n’ roll edge: a rarity for LA studio cats in those days.

 

And, Three Dog Night’s album tracks where equally as engaging as their singles – check out their awe-inspiring rendition of a Beatles track that was never recorded by the Fab Four “It’s For You” from Captured Live at the LA Forum. Yet another iconic ensemble unjustly overlooked by the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.