Monday, March 31, 2014

Spotlight on Three Dog Night

You'd think that music lovers who purchased more than 50 million records couldn't be wrong about one of the great American rock 'n' roll bands. 

Three Dog Night, behind the powerful and versatile vocals of Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton, and Cory Wells,  recorded 21 consecutive Top 40 hits and 12 straight gold albums. 

From 1969 until 1975, this group had three No. 1 songs ("Mama Told Me Not to Come," "Joy to the World," and "Black & White") as well as eight more tunes that reached the Top 10 ( No. 3 "Shambala," No. 4 "Easy to be Hard," No. 4 "An Old Fashioned Love Song," No. 4 "The Show Must Go On," No. 5 "One,"   No. 5 "Never Been to Spain," No. 7 "Liar" and No. 10 "Eli's Coming"). 

The band in its heyday also featured outstanding musicians including keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, guitarist Michael Allsup, and drummer Floyd Sneed

Three Dog Night struck gold by covering songs by relatively unknown (at the time) but now famous composers such as Randy Newman ("Mama Told Me Not to Come"), Paul Williams ("Out in the Country" and "An Old Fashioned Love Song"), Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming"), Hoyt Axton ("Joy to the World" and "Never Been to Spain"), and Leo Sayer ("The Show Must Go On") as well as "One" from the rock musical "Hair."

Three Dog Night -- minus Chuck Negron -- still tours. And Negron is one the road as well.  I've seen them in concert, and even have one of their live in concert DVDs with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. 

Despite selling 50 million records, this legendary group is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And never been nominated despite being eligible since 1994. 

If you believe Three Dog Night deserves to be in the Rock Hall, you might want to sign this petition. And you might want to "like" the band on Facebook

And I hope those who determine the Rock Hall members will open their eyes and realize that 50 million in sales is worthy of induction.

In the meantime, here are their No. 1 songs:

"Mama Told Me Not to Come"

"Black & White"

"Joy to the World"

Until the next time...

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