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  • John 12:22 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Chuck Negron In People Magazine, 1995 

    Chuck’s ex, the lovely Julia, who told us some inside info about Wonderland this week is also quoted.

    People Magazine | Oct. 2, 1995

    ON A DRIVE THROUGH DOWNTOWN L.A., Chuck Negron passes the abandoned building where he used to shoot heroin and the bank of pay phones where he once made drug deals. “One night about six years ago,” says Negron, a former singer for the group Three Dog Night, “I was talking to my dealer on the phone when a car cruised around the corner and sprayed a sheet of bullets. I ducked as far as the phone cord allowed, which wasn’t far. But I wasn’t about to let that dealer get away. The bullets didn’t faze me because I was already dead.”

    1995 seems like yesterday.

    1995 seems like yesterday.

    That’s not much of an exaggeration. By 1990, when Negron, now 53, kicked a 23-year heroin habit, he had squandered a multimillion-dollar fortune, ruined two marriages and become an emaciated, 126-pound wraith. Negron’s downward spin was as dizzying as his rise to the top with the popular ’70s band that sold some 50 million albums and scored 10 Top 10 singles, including “Joy to the World” and “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).” It wasn’t until 1990 that Negron finally turned his life around after checking himself into a last-ditch rehab facility. “I’m not religious, but I believe God intervened,” says Negron. “I did everything I was told at the rehab center. This peace came over me, and I decided I wanted to live.” And in August he came full circle, releasing Negron, his first album in 19 years. “Chuck was nervous starting out,” says his wife, attorney Robin Silna, 39, of his comeback. “But confidence took over. He knew exactly what he wanted.” Adds Negron: “This isn’t about having a new CD. It’s about being healthy. It’s a gift.”

    Life hasn’t always been generous to Negron. Born and raised in The Bronx, he was 5 when his father, Charles, a struggling nightclub singer, and his mother, Elizabeth, divorced. Unable to make ends meet, Elizabeth placed Chuck and his twin sister, Nancy, in an orphanage. Two years later she took them back, but by then her son had become a distant, distrustful child. Fortunately, he had a good voice. “I spent every afternoon playing basketball and singing old doo-wop songs,” says Negron. “And that’s what saved me.”

    After graduating from high school, Negron moved to Los Angeles. There, in 1966, he met singer Danny Hutton, who soon recruited Negron along with Cory Wells as colead vocalists for Three Dog Night. Three years later they recorded their first hit, “One (Is the Loneliest Number).” By then, Negron had experimented with LSD and marijuana, which, he believes, collectively fed a predisposition to addiction. “From the get-go, friends told me I had a problem,” says Negron. “I thought I smoked occasionally, but they said, ‘No, you’re a pig.’ ”

    During that time he also shifted to cocaine and downers. “I loved Seconals,” he says. “The week after I first took them, I bought 5,000. For me that was like opening the door to hell.” His addiction to pills derailed his first marriage, to Paula Servietti, a dental assistant. But rather than clean up, Negron, who was living in a Laurel Canyon mansion, turned to a new drug. “I thought it was coke,” he says about his first heroin highs. “I tried it, got sick as a dog, threw up my guts and said, ‘Get me some more.’ I spent the next 23 years chasing the feeling.”

    He wasn’t alone. In 1973, Negron married Julia Densmore, the former wife of Doors drummer John Densmore. “When Chuck is asked if he ever knew anyone worse than him, he usually says me,” admits Julia, a recovering drug addict. “But we had a great marriage because every drug we got was split 50-50.” Negron’s relationship with his bandmates wasn’t as harmonious. By 1977, the year Densmore and Negron had their son Charles, the group had disintegrated, torn apart by drug-inflamed conflicts. Rather than going solo, Negron devoted his life to being a junkie. To pay for his habits, he eventually sold everything he owned, including all of his gold albums. “Bit by bit, everything eroded,” says Densmore. “We took loans against the house, and eventually our telephone and power lines were turned off.”

    Densmore sobered up and left her husband in 1985. A year later, while stoned, Negron attended a party in Santa Monica and met Silna. Thinking she could rescue him, she brought him home. He stole her jewelry and cash, but she stuck with him because “he didn’t have anyplace to go.” Finally, in 1990, when he stole her car to score a fix, Silna, fed up, tracked him to a seedy L.A. motel, then dumped him. The next day, Negron, who says he was hospitalized 35 times for his addiction over a 10-year time, called to tell her he wanted to go into detox. Silna said, “No more hospitals. If you want to leave, go suck pavement.”

    Desperate, Negron turned to Cry Help, a residential rehab clinic for the hopeless. “I wanted to die,” he says. “I wanted my brain to stop. I was kicking heroin, pills, everything.” But after a demanding, nine-month program that included cleaning toilets and baring his soul in group sessions, Negron came out clean and says he has stayed that way. He managed to win back Silna’s trust: They married in 1993 and have a 21-month-old daughter, Charlotte.

    These days, Negron, who lives off his Three Dog Night royalties, spends a lot of time counseling addicts at Cry Help. The experience has given him a new perspective on his life as a rock cliché. “I was a taker, a self-obsessed jerk, and I hurt a lot of people,” he says. “I made millions. But what’s happening to me now is proof that I’ve been blessed more than ever before.”

    PETER CASTRO
    TODD GOLD in Los Angeles

     
    • John W 4:56 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      Chuck’s cousin is the actor Taylor Negron. You may remember him as the pizza guy who delivered to Spicoli in Mr Hand’s class (Fast Times @ Ridgmont High).

    • John W 5:12 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      “Three Dog Night” is an Aussie term to describe a cold night in the outback. Early settlers, hunters etc would dig a hole at night and sleep in it while out there. On cold nights, 2 dogs were needed. On VERY cold ones, it was a Three Dog Night. I had a lot of Three Dog Nights when I was getting divorced!

    • criticextraordinaire 5:26 pm on September 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      In “Three Dog Nightmare”, Negron describes a situation that had to make him sit back and think about his addition. He was so buzzed out on drugs that he frantically had sex with pretty much anything that would move, until his, uh, *thing* literally exploded. (Man, it hurts even telling the story, imagine how he felt). If that don’t drive one to sobriety, nothing would. :-O

    • WillGraham 7:18 am on September 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The book by Nash’s bodyguard discusses the Wonderland murders, too – even though he devotes most sections that discuss Nash to the massive amounts of dirt that little Adel had on the dirty cops and attorneys he had been keeping in his pocket.

    • WillGraham 7:19 am on September 7, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The book by Nash’s bodyguard discusses the Wonderland murders, too – even though he devotes most sections that discuss Nash to the massive amounts of dirt that little Adel had on the crooked cops and attorneys he had been keeping in his pocket.

      • John 9:42 am on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        What is the bodyguard’s name and can you give a link to his book? This is outstanding! I had not heard of this, thanks.

      • localarts 10:57 am on September 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        That’s precisely what I was referring to on an earlier post in regards to why Four On The Floor was never and will never be published.

  • John 10:04 am on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story 

    The part about Chuck and Julia being at the house and the record is out in the open… is eerie to me. If I was famous like Chuck, and was hanging out, I wouldn’t want them to play my records. He probably wanted to hear some Skynrd or Allmans Bros.

    One can be the loneliest number sometimes.

    One can be the loneliest number sometimes.

    You can buy Chuck’s book here. I recommend that you buy the $200 version. I don’t know why it’s so pricey, maybe it has a photo of him hanging out with Billy & Ron…. or, it comes with a lock of his hair or something.

    When I write my bio, I’m just gonna blame everyone else and sugar coat everything bad that I did. None of this was my fault, man.

    Part of a review:

    Other celebrities pass through the book’s pages and, given the pervasiveness of ‎drug abuse and Negron’s sometimes vindictive nature, most of them don’t come ‎off well, either. Sly Stone and his heavies are depicted beating Three Dog Night’s ‎road manager Bob Tomasso nearly to death over refusing to pay for a band ‎member’s cocaine. The legendary porn star, John Holmes, is among the ‎periphery of Negron’s junkie circle, who is ultimately implicated in the ‎Wonderland murders, which take place at the home of a friend where Negron ‎often shot up.

    To his credit, Negron seems to recognize how deplorable his selfishness and self-‎indulgence are, and how serious the consequences have been for everyone in his ‎life. That doesn’t make it any easier to read about his son, Chucky, being born ‎addicted to heroin or his girlfriend deciding between an abortion or giving birth ‎to a second addicted baby. And despite his candor, Negron seems lacking in ‎introspection over what led to this destructive lifestyle, or what he could have ‎done to prevent it. Had he used a Three Dog Night song title for the book, “My ‎Impersonal Life” might have been appropriate.‎

    Read on.

     
    • John 10:20 am on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      The Three Dog Night record had blood on it after the murders. Also, Joy had a crush on Chuck, she was obsessive about him.

      • Bobby 9:27 am on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        So I take it Chuck would’ve been shooting up at the Wonderland house considering they were a drug connection for him? Wonder if he traded that very copy of the Three Dog Night record for some heroin.

        • John W 5:05 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink

          Much of the living room furniture was Chuck’s. He loaned it to Joy. Obviously, he and his wife did not want it back later. Yeeuch!!

      • Bobby 3:12 am on August 31, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Oh c’mon, all that couch would’ve needed was a little scrub down with soapy water and it woulda been fine! ; ) LOL

    • dreamweaverjenn 10:27 am on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I would love to read his book but $200 is out of my range

      • John 10:38 am on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        There’s a cheaper one…but I was glad to find my copy at “Half Price Used Books”.

    • localarts 11:18 am on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      $200 WTF!!! Thats beyond ridiculous. Although I’ve never read Porn King, it’s considered by some to be nothing more than a fairy tale per book reviews.

      • John W 5:04 pm on August 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Well, low end is $30+ but, keep an eye open at used bookstores.

      • John W 5:08 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply

        Another version of his book goes for $300. It has a few extra new chapters. I guess that version gets you dinner with Chuck at the Brown Derby.

        • localarts 9:16 pm on August 30, 2013 Permalink

          Dinner with Chuck so I could grill him about 8763, I would be happy to splurge the extra $300 for that.

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