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Floyd Sneed Dies: Three Dog Night Drummer Was 80

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Floyd Sneed, the Canadian drummer who powered a string of 1970s chart-makers with the band Three Dog Night and provided back-up vocals for one of its biggest hits, died Jan.

27. He was 80. His death was announced on the band’s Facebook page. A cause of death was not specified. “Three Dog Night is saddened to learn of the passing of Floyd Sneed,” the band statement reads. “Floyd was an absolutely wonderful human being, a complete original and a sweetheart of a man.

He was also an extraordinarily unique drummer who brought so much to Three Dog Night’s sound. Floyd broke many barriers both musically and culturally; he also influenced countless other drummers with his amazing technique.

He will be greatly missed by all of us in the band and the many musicians, artists and others he inspired throughout his life.

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