Tagged: Three Dog Night
October 21, 2015 at 11:53 pm #14892Andy BrownParticipant
This belongs on the radio side.
“The radio is blastin’, someone’s knockin’ on the door/I’m lookin’ at my girlfriend, she’s passed out on the floor/I seen so many things I ain’t never seen before”
Cory Wells, one of the three lead singers in Three Dog Night, a signature pop band of the late 1960s and ’70s, died on Tuesday in Dunkirk, N.Y., on Lake Erie. He was 74.
At one point in the early 1970s, Three Dog Night was perhaps the most popular band in the United States. The group had three No. 1 singles — “Mama Told Me (Not to Come),” “Joy to the World” and “Black and White” — and seven other Top 10 hits, Including “One,” “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Never Been to Spain.” “Joy to the World” was Billboard’s No. 1 song of the year in 1971.
The band also had 12 gold albums. Three Dog Night was known for spotlighting then little-known or rising songwriters, including Randy Newman (“Mama Told Me”), Harry Nilsson (“One”), Laura Nyro (“Eli’s Coming”), Hoyt Axton (“Joy to the World”) and Leo Sayer (“The Show Must Go On”).
R.I.P. One is the loneliest number.October 22, 2015 at 12:13 am #14898Chris_TaylorParticipant
One of my favorite pop bands from the 70s.
I love this live version of Eli’s Coming.October 22, 2015 at 12:20 am #14899radiodorkSpectator
I always thought the lead singer was black (for some reason) He had a lot of soul in his voice. Almost a bit of a motown vibe layered with guitars.October 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm #14953skepticalParticipant
Heh, I only saw them 3 times, twice at the MC. 🙂
Historical trivia: KISN had Joy To The World at #1 for 1971 while across town at KGW, it was Indian Reservation by Paul Revere and the Raiders!October 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm #14956Chris_TaylorParticipant
Love both those songs and bands. But I would give the nod to Joy to the World as the bigger hit. Not dissin’ Indian Reservation, great song with an important message.October 25, 2015 at 9:26 pm #14967paulwalkerParticipant
Grew up with Three Dog Night, and always appreciated their music. When I worked at KING-AM in Seattle I remember meeting Chuck Negron in the early 80’s, well past the band’s prime. He was, well, less than pleasant. Don’t recall meeting Cory.
One of my favorites from the band was “Out In The Country” (1970), not their biggest hit, but certainly was environmentally important, whether the band promoted this or not. Great melody and an important lyrical imprint for its time.October 29, 2015 at 1:04 am #15066skepticalParticipant
Another minor 3DN song somewhat related to the themes Paul was talking about: Family of Man, written by Paul Williams:
This tired city was somebody’s dream
Billboard horizons as black as they seem
Four level highways across the land
We’re building a home for the family of man
One man to lead us with so much to say
Moving the mountains that got in our way
Prayer books and meetings to find a plan
Deciding the fate of the family of man
And it’s so hard
Whatever are we coming to
Yes it’s so hard
With so little time and so much to do
Mem’ries replacing the loves that we’ve lost
Burning our bridges as soon as they’re crossed
Factories built where the rivers ran
And time running out for the family of man
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