Sunday, May 25, 2008

Number 496 - 3 Dog Night


Number 496

3 Dog Night

"Mama Told Me Not To Come"

(1970)
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Genre:Rock
art by kajali
Down the bottom of this page you will see underneath the "Opinion Poll" is an Amazon advert, yes, I know you don't like adverts and nor do I! But this is a cool little widget as it allows you to hear other songs from the album for the song that is in the countdown. Now the songs are only 30 or so seconds long, but the cool thing is, it's played in streaming stereo. I thought this would be a handy little tool for people who want to find other songs by the artist featured on www.crowbarred.com. If you're really keen you can download the song direct from Amazon, but I'm quite well aware nobody will be interested in doing that. Yanno something, after (almost) 2 years, the amount of money I have made for any adverts of this site is ..... wait for it .....32 cents! So, no, I wont be leaving my full time job any day soon will I?
watchoo looking at bro?
Three Dog Night scored a succession of 21 hit singles, including eleven Top Tens, and twelve consecutive gold albums from 1969 to 1975, thanks to the slick, sometimes soulful vocal harmonies of singers Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells and an excellent ear for quality material. While often criticized as commercial, the band was noted for its creative arrangements and interpretations, and their cover choices gave exposure (and royalties) to several talented songwriters: Nilsson ("One"), Laura Nyro ("Eli's Coming"), Randy Newman ("Mama Told Me (Not to Come)"), Hoyt Axton ("Joy to the World"), Argent's Russ Ballard ("Liar"), and Leo Sayer ("The Show Must Go On"). Wells and Hutton met in the '60s while the former was the lead singer of the Enemies and the latter, a former cartoon voice who had recorded several flop singles, served as producer. In 1967, Hutton conceived the idea of a three-vocalist group, and he and Wells enlisted mutual friend Negron.
ah, shoot, now we gotten all old
They took their name from an Australian expression describing low nocturnal temperatures in the outback (the colder the night, the more dogs needed to keep warm while sleeping). The three cut a few unsuccessful singles and decided to expand their range by hiring backing musicians, who included guitarist Mike Allsup, keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon, bassist Joe Schermie, and drummer Floyd Sneed. "One" became the band's first Top Ten hit in 1969, while "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" hit number one a year later. "Joy to the World" became the group's biggest hit in 1971, spending six weeks on top of the pop charts, and their streak continued with their final number one, 1972's "Black and White" (a U.K. reggae hit for Greyhound), and their final Top Ten, 1974's "The Show Must Go On." By 1976, internal dissent arose in the group, as the original concept of three equal singers had given way to Negron taking the leads on most of their songs. Dissatisfied, Hutton finally left the group, and Three Dog Night officially disbanded a year later. There was a brief reunion in the early '80s, and Hutton and Wells have since taken a version of Three Dog Night out on the oldies circuit. ~ [Steve Huey, All Music Guide]
er, explain again, how you got the name?
An official commentary included in the CD set Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965-1975 states that vocalist Danny Hutton’s then-girlfriend June Fairchild thought of the name when she read 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 while embracing a dingo, a native species of wild dog. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs, and if a night was especially cold, it was a “Three Dog Night. ~ [Source:wikipedia]
For Harry Nilsson see Number 599
For Randy Newman see Number 958
For Leo Sayer see Number 906
What does Bowling Stoned think of 3 Dog Night?
After six years of Top 40 songs, the Rolling Stones have managed only three bona fide RIAA-thing-amajigged million-selling singles. In less than two years, Three Dog Night has had two. In Cashbox's 1970 year-end listing of the bestselling artists in the 45-rpm field, Three Dog Night came in fifth (the Beatles took sixth). In the year-end roster of the best-selling LP artists, Three Dog Night also came in fifth (the. Who took sixth). As for Billboard, it put Three Dog Night sixth in the singles class and third in album sales, coming out ahead of everyone except Creedence and the Beatles, Hot stuff, eh? Yeah! Three Dog Night is really fun! They don't do any of the long, drawn-out stuff. They don't do any metaphysical bullshit. They just do these real neat songs. They make you wanna dance, or at least get up (and that ain't hay!). ~ [excerpt from Rolling Stone No 76] (whats this writer on ??)
For Rolling Stones see Number 689 & Number 767
For The Beatles see Number 587, Number 894 & Number 947
Rolling Stone magazine deemed their '496th Song of all Time' was "Miss You" by Rolling Stones. the Rolling Stones has appeared in The Definitive 1000 (see above)
Other songs with reference to 3 Dog Night #599
Rolling Stone Top 500 Songs ranked this song at Number (Who let the dogs out?....) the Album ranked at (....woof woof woof - we're not interested)
This song has a crowbarred rating of 75.4 out of 108

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