For this week we are going to do a little cross over to a pop rock classic from 1969. This special song request came to us from a dedicated follower and Facebook friend. We can remember as kids growing up hearing this song 10 times a day on the radio.
Three Dog Night for about a 5 year span was all over the radio and on all top 10 lists from around the world. The biggest surprise is that a lot of there hit songs were written by other people. But when you have earned 12 gold albums and recorded 21 consecutive Billboard Top 40 hits in a very short time period you can understand that they just couldn’t have wrote all that material by themselves. “One” was written by the late Harry Nilsson around 1967. He recorded it in 1968 but didn’t have much commercial success with it. Then in 1969 Three Dog Night did this version as a single and it shot up the charts to number 5.
One was the debut album by Three Dog Night. After the single had made such an impact on the music scene, the record executives at Dunhill Records decided to name the album “One” to take advantage of the singles success.
This song fit right in with the pop rock sound of the late 1960’s – early 1970’s that Am radio stations played the shit out of. No fancy guitar solo’s or Heavy Metal mania, just a hip hop beat kept together by the piano playing of Jimmy Greenspoon and the great voice of Chuck Negron So as your sitting there listening to the phone ringing as your trying to call someone, just be like Harry Nilsson and right some lyrics like:
“One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do”
“Two can be as bad as one, it’s the loneliest number since the number one”
Video courtesy of Forgotten Rock Classics