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Cory Wells' granddaughter, in the Subaru driver's seat

Cory Wells of Three Dog Night -- my interview with him is running in today's paper -- is a lot of fun to talk to. He was also very patient with me because it became obvious early on that I am more of a Beethoven and Brahms gal than a rock 'n roll gal.

I liked him a lot and I kept him on the phone for quite a while. I mean, how often do you get to someone who reaches that kind of pinnacle of fame? A few weeks ago I was out shopping and "Joy to the World" came onto the store's sound system and everyone was singing along.

One thing Mr. Wells -- that was what I called him -- told me, I could not quite fit it in. It would have taken too much explaining. So here it is:

In the Subaru commercial up above, when you see the guy's daughter grown up, that is Cory Wells' granddaughter. He and his wife have two daughters and a four grandkids. One grandson, Jake, works for a casting company. He told me that.

The Subaru commercial is kind of sweet and Cory Wells' granddaughter is cute. The apple did not fall far from the tree. I mean, check out Cory in this video, singing lead. Adorable. That pantsuit, hahaha! People really had fun with their clothes back then. Also it is interesting how he smiles. Back then it was not stylish for rockers to smile.

I asked Mr. Wells what he thought of his granddaughter going into show business.

He said: "It scares the hell out of me. Because I know what this business can be. It can eat you up really fast." He added: "I hope her father’s diligent about keeping her safe."

He is known for avoiding the pitfalls of the rock lifestyle and for his long marriage. Mr. Wells, I asked, what do you tell up-and-comers in music who come to you for advice?

 "I’d say stay away from drugs," he said. "It does not enhance you nor does it make you better nor does it make you a genius. Stay focused and live for the music. It's the best advice I can give."

-- Mary Kunz Goldman


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