11 November 2013

Three Dog Night

From left: Chuck Negron, Cory Wells, Danny Hutton, 1969

Three Dog Night is an American rock band, best known for their music recorded between 1968 and 1975.

They formed in 1968 with a line-up of three lead singer consisting of Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron.

The band registered 21 Billboard Top 40 hits (with three hitting number one) between 1969 and 1975. The hits helped introduce mainstream audiences to the work of many songwriters, including Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer.

According to their official site, from 1969-1974, nobody had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets.

As of 2013, they are still recording and making live appearances.

The band's name was explained in the commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965-1975.  Danny Hutton's girlfriend suggested the name after reading a magazine article about indigenous Australians, in which it was explained that on cold nights they would customarily sleep in a hole in the ground using a dingo (a native species of wild dog) to stay warm. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night were freezing, it was a "three dog night." They wanted to include the "3" in the band's name to play off the idea that the band had 3 lead singers.

Some of their hit singles include: Joy To The World, One, Easy To Be Hard, Old Fashion Love Song, Mama Told Me (Not To Come), Out In The Country, Eli's Coming, and Celebrate.

     

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