August 31, 2011
Three Dog Night may have sold millions of albums but they will always be known as a singles band. They produced some of the most memorable and best singles of the late-1960s to mid-1970’s. Their number one hits, “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” “Joy To The World,””Black and White,” plus eight others that made the top ten are eched into the American music consciousness.
The key to their success was the catchy hooks that stayed with you long after the song ended. “Celebrate” was one of those songs. It continued to build until it reached the repeating Celebrate chorus.
Released Feb. 28, 1970, it reached number 15 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart. It is still a great listen over 40 years later.
August 28, 2011
Three Dog Night tended to release up-tempo pop/rock songs. Their first two releases of 1971, “Joy To The World,” and “Liar,” were in that tradition.
“An Old Fashioned Love Song” was released during November of 1971. It was just as the title suggested. It was a gentl lovee song that ran counterpoint to most of their material.
It was another hit as it rose to number four on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
August 20, 2011
Between 1969 and 1975, Three Dog Night was one of the bands that ruled the singles charts and top 40 radio. They had 21 chart hits, 11 that reached the top ten, and three that topped the charts.
“Never Been To Spain” was released Christmas day of 1971 and reached number 5 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart.
It was different from many of their hit singles. It was a song that built to a number of climax’s and the lead vocal was more gritty. A welcome addition to their pop catalogue.
August 1, 2009
Three Dog Night was a singles band. During the late sixties and early seventies they had a string of eighteen consecutive top 20 hits. Such songs as “Mama Told Me Not To Come,” “Eli’s Coming,” “Liar,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song,” “Never Been To Spain,” “Easy To Be Hard,” and many more ruled the radio waves.
The were unique in that they were fronted by three lead singers. Cory Wells, Danny Hutton, and Chuck Negren would share the vocal duties.
Their biggest hit came in early 1971 when “Joy To The World” sat on top of the American singles charts for five weeks. It would be the number one song of the entire year.
“Joy To The World” is just one of those perfect singles. It was upbeat, catchy and memorable. You could even sing along if you were so inclined. It has also had a lasting appeal as it is still instantly recognizable.
“Jeremiah was a bullfrog” is one of the unique beginnings that any song ever had. It remains the lead in to one of the classic singles of all time.