Three Dog Night
Three Dog Night is an American rock band formed in 1967, with founding members consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. They soon added Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Joe Schermie (bass), Michael Allsup (guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums).
I grew up listening to so many of these songs on local AM radio stations! AM radio, you may ask? For you youngsters, that was before VH1, MTV, and iPods.
Old Fashioned Love Song (1975)
Three Dog Night had 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975, with three reaching number one spots. Three Dog Night recorded many songs written by outside songwriters, and they helped to introduce mainstream audiences to writers such as Paul Williams (“An Old Fashioned Love Song”) and Hoyt Axton (“Joy to the World”).
Joy to the World (1972)
Included in the official commentary for the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1964–1975, is a section describing how vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend, actress June Fairchild (best known as the “Ajax Lady” from the Cheech and Chong movie Up In Smoke) came up with the name. She’d read an article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights, they would sleep with two dogs, and if the night were freezing, it was a “three dog night.”
The album Three Dog Night was a massive success with its hit songs “One,” “Try A Little Tenderness,” and “Nobody.” Its success brought the group recognition, and they quickly became one of the top drawing concert acts of their time.
Great vocals, great voices, great music. What else can you say!
Never Been To Spain (2014)
And one of my personal favorites ….
Mama Told Me Not To Come (1970)
Hope you enjoyed this trip down my musical memory lane! I sure did.