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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"
This story is rebutted by Van Dyke Parks. According to an essay on Danny Hutton at his website:
"Danny sought my help when he had a dream for Three Dog Night. I've been under the impression that I'd discovered the name, but Danny tells me 'tain't so. He says the name was discovered by June Wilson [Fairchild]. I doubt it. I remember "Mankind" magazine as bathroom-reading matter in Danny's Weepah Way house in Laurel Canyon. There was a picture of an aboriginal Australian at night, curled up in the cold with three dogs. Somehow, I suspect that June Wilson just wasn't "into" anthropology. I may be wrong, but it's true, the group became "Three Dog Night" because I refused to promote a group with the name "Tricycle." I thought it was puerile!
[Upon further reflection]: I'm correct on [naming] Three Dog Night. It was me. No doubt about it. Everyone else was inhaling!"
I've been in BMG Music Group since 2000. As many of you know, I'm a huge music fan. My taste are wide ranging. I love Classic Rock, Country, Alternative, Modern Rock, and Heavy Metal. I've got a few hundred Cd's in my collection and I would rather listen to music than watch TV. I bought one and got five free the other day. Three Dog Night's Greatest Hits was one I picked up. One of the lead singers, Cory Wells was from Buffalo, NY. My brother-in-law is from there and his older sister knew some of Wells' family members... don't remember if she actually knew him or not. The music is a mix of hard rock to soft rock, with a love song or two mixed in. I've been a fan of this group for years, but never got a CD. I heard "Never Been To Spain" on Rite-Aid's radio at work a few weeks ago and thought, "I really need to get their greatest hits CD." It came in the mail two days ago along with Theory of a Deadman's latest, George Thorogood's Greatest Hits, 3 Doors Downs latest, and a couple others I can't mention because they are Christmas gifts for Tina. I listened to the whole thing on the way to work and back home yesterday. What a great CD. Their music is timeless. Joy to the World has almost a cult following and you can see a video of it at the end of this post. I've also got a list of the tracks from the CD as well. I can't believe it took me so long to get one of their Cd's. I hate to admit it, but I did have an 8-track of one of their albums back in the day... man, I'm old! Any way, do yourself a favor and find a CD of one of the best groups for vocal harmony and sound that you will ever hear... Three Dog Night.
Artist: Three Dog Night
Album: Joy to the World: Their Greatest Hits
Tracks 1. Joy to the World
3. Sure as I'm Sittin' Here
4. An Old Fashioned Love Song
5. Let Me Serenade You
7. Black and White
8. Never Been to Spain
9. One Man Band
10. Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues)
11. I'd Be So Happy
13. Family of Man
14. The Show Must Go On
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Sunday, December 14, 2008
Posted by frgodbeyjr at 8:25 PM