Three Dog Night’s Cory Wells Lets His Light Shine In 1975’s “Shambala”

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How Does Your Light Shine?

Three Dog Night had a pretty fantastic career – not bad for a band who crafted their success from cover songs, updated with a little rock and roll mixed with a little bit of soul to keep it interesting! One of three lead singers in the band, Cory Wells was the definition of blue eyed soul; with a voice as big as the smile he wore every time he set foot onstage with bandmates Danny Hutton and Chuck Negron, Wells turned Three Dog Night shows into something that was equal parts church revival and rock concert.

One cover that showcased Cory Wells’ unique brand of soul was ‘Shambala’; this Soundstage performance of ‘Shambala’ does a great job of highlighting the things that made Cory so special as a lead singer. From his charisma to his genuine excitement to live his dream night after night, Wells engaged with his crowd in a way that other singers simply didn’t that makes you appreciate his gift for entertaining even more.

Fun Fact: Written in 1972 by songwriter Daniel Moore, ‘Shambala’ sold 1.2 million copies when Three Dog Night released their cover in 1973.

‘Shambala’ talks about letting your light shine – and Cory Wells does just that! While there’s nothing particularly rare about Cory giving 100% to this performance, he’s such a dynamic force of nature that it’s impossible to ignore him for even a moment – and with a light that bright, who really wants to?

+ Shambala lyrics +

Wash away my troubles, wash away my pain
With the rain in Shambala
Wash away my sorrow, wash away my shame
With the rain in Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind
On the road to Shambala
Everyone is lucky, everyone is so kind
On the road to Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala

I can tell my sister by the flowers in her eyes
On the road to Shambala
I can tell my brother by the flowers in his eyes
On the road to Shambala

Ah, ooh, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah

How does your light shine, in the halls of Shambala

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