Floyd Sneed a unique and powerful drummer and more importantly a kind and special human being has passed away unexpectedly. Let’s see what happened to him and Floyd Sneed cause of death in this article.
What happened to Floyd Sneed?
Floyd Sneed’s passing news was confirmed by Three Dog Nightclub on their official FaceBook page and the statement reads the following,
Three Dog Night is saddened to learn of the passing of Floyd Sneed. 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. Rest in Peace Floyd.
Floyd Sneed cause of death
The music world is mourning the loss of one of its own. Floyd Sneed who rose to fame as a member of the pop/rock band, Three Dog Night, has died. Neither any online sources nor his family members did not reveal Floyd Sneed cause of death.
In order to learn more about his death, we are attempting to get in touch with his friends and family. This section will be updated as soon as we learn any new information regarding the tragic event that brought many people to tears. ‘Our deepest condolences go out to Sneed’s family and friends.
Sneed kept the steady beat behind the drums for Three Dog Night during their most successful period. He joined the act in 1968 and performed on the act’s 10 top 10 hits including, their chart-toppers “Black & White”, “One”, and “Mama Told Me Not To Come”. Though he stepped away during the mid-70s, he would return for another stint in 1981.
Other members of Three Dog Night and Sneed came together to form the short-lived act, SS Fools. Sneed also performed with the Ohio Players, among other acts.
Who was Floyd Sneed?
Canadian drummer Floyd Chester Sneed is most known for his work with the group Three Dog Night. Sneed was born on November 22, 1942, in Calgary, Canada. His parents were both musicians at their church, and he developed an early interest in drumming as a result of his musical upbringing.
His older sister Maxine, who at the time was wed to musician-actor Tommy Chong, gave him his first drum set. He played in a group named the “Calgary Shades” with his older brother Bernie Sneed, a pianist (1940–2016). As a member of Chong’s band Little Daddy and the Bachelors, he quickly started playing live around the Vancouver vicinity.
Sneed established his own band and relocated to Los Angeles, California, in 1966. Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells were a trio of vocalists with a contract with Dunhill Records who were looking for supporting musicians in 1968.
In the late 1960s and early to mid-1970s, Three Dog Night, their new band, experienced commercial success. Sneed joined the group. Sneed sang the deep voice on “Joy to the World,” singing the line “I want to tell you,” on just one song with the band.
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He continued to perform with different bands after Three Dog Night disbanded in 1977, including an extensive tour with The Ohio Players. He collaborated with more Three Dog Night supporting players in the short-lived outfit SS Fools.
In the middle of the 1980s, he temporarily returned with the revived Three Dog Night. He played a percussionist in a supporting part in the Chong movie Far Out Man in 1990.
He started his own band, Same Dog New Tricks, and toured and recorded with K.A.T.T. in 2002. In 2000, Sneed and original Three Dog Night bassist Joe Schermie made an appearance on Tom Riehl’s cookery program Food Rules. This was Schermie’s final appearance on television.
Sneed is a descendant of the first black settlers in Alberta’s Amber Valley, who came to Canada as part of Clifford Sifton’s initiative to persuade US farmers to relocate to the prairies.
Floyd is known for his unique style of drumming. Many years ago, he named it “L’African” — a combination of Latino and African.
The story goes that Floyd was playing with his band, Heat Wave, at a club on the Sunset Strip when Joe Schermie was walking by and thought he heard two drummers inside, so went in to see who “they” were.
Once inside, he discovered it was only ONE drummer, and asked Floyd if he would like to join Three Dog Night! Dare we say that Floyd made the right choice?
The rhythm section in Three Dog Night became as well known for its driving force and the beat as the three lead vocals were. Floyd and Joe remained friends up until the day Joe passed away, and they were even in yet another band together at the end!
Tributes paid on social media by Floyd’s Fans
Had the chance to have Floyd play on my Rogers kit at Cozy’s in Sherman Oaks in 1997. He was a huge inspiration to me and music in general. One of the nicest I had crossed paths with. God Bless Floyd.
Oh no! My heart has broken. Out of all of the passing this first month of the year this one hits me HARD. I’ve always been passionate about Three Dog Night and Floyd’s drumming always had a feel and characteristics of his own.
We are losing our musical artists at a rapid speed. I discovered this group as a twelve-year-old and never stopped. Almost fifty- three years.So sorry for your loss, Chuck Rest in Heavenly Peace, Floyd.
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I was just given the very sad news from Floyd Sneed’s dear friend Dawna Sodders that Floyd has passed away…I am so grateful that i had the opportunity to meet and interview this gentle amazing man and incredible drummer..
Floyd was the original drummer with the serious backbeat for the band “Three Dog Night” (Floyd was on all the hits) and then went on to form ” SS FOOLS” with Joe Schermie, Mike Allsup, and Bobby Kimball. Rest Easy my friend !!
Thank you Dawna for making the interview with Floyd happen for the documentary. My condolences to you, the family, and all of Floyd’s friends and fans.
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