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Singer Chuck Negron once again living the dream of touring

COURTESY IP CASINO RESORTChuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, is one of several acts on the Happy Together Tour.
COURTESY IP CASINO RESORTChuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night, is one of several acts on the Happy Together Tour.

Chuck Negron had the task of singing arguably the four most well-known words in popular music: "Jeremiah was a bullfrog "

Negron, a former member of the popular rock group Three Dog Night, will be performing the bullfrog's "Joy To The World" and other popular hits from the band Friday at the IP Casino Resort in Biloxi.

He is part of the Happy Together Tour, which also features The Turtles featuring Flo and Eddie, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap, The Cowsills, The Spencer Davis Group and Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere and the Raiders.

It is the third time Negron has been a part of the successful summer package tour.

"It's a fun experience and everyone that I've worked with are real pros and nice people and there's no drama -- we're beyond that," Negron said in an interview with the Sun Herald. "We've all been doing it for so long, that we know how to do it -- it blows my mind at how consistent everyone is, which is not the case when you're younger."

Living the nightmare

Negron is once again living the dream of touring and performing his songs for crowds of people, some almost 25 years after he stopped using drugs and alcohol.

He recounted his experiences as a heroin addict in his book "Three Dog Nightmare," which was published in 1999. A third edition of the book was released in 2013 and the fourth edition should be hitting shelves and digital platforms sometime in the near future.

"I've been writing some more for it, and I have a new publisher," Negron said.

The new edition also will feature some updated passages about some of Negron's former bandmates in Three Dog Night, including singer Cory Wells and longtime keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, both of whom died in 2015.

"We've had some sad news about Cory and Jimmy, so I'm going to add some stories about them and our relationships," he said.

Sweet success

Although Negron has been clean and sober since 1991, he is still active in the world of recovery. The trendy L.A. candy boutique Sweet! Hollywood will be immortalizing the singer in a chocolate bar --the "Three Dog Nightmare" is made of dark chocolate with marshmallow cream, mini marshmallows, pretzels and chocolate chips. The packaging of the candy bar features Negron's mugshot from a drug-related arrest. It retails for $7.99.

"Sweet makes a lot of bars for celebrities and they contacted us, and we just got the first bar in," Negron said. "The proceeds are going to benefit Cri-Help, which is where I went to treatment."

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