Black and White (Three Dog Night song)
|"Black and White"|
|Single by Three Dog Night|
|from the album Seven Separate Fools|
|B-side||Freedom for the Stallion|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Length||3:51 (album), 3:24 (single)|
|Writer(s)||David I. Arkin, Earl Robinson|
|Three Dog Night singles chronology|
The most successful recording of the song was the pop version by Three Dog Night in 1972, when it reached number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Easy Listening charts. This was one of the few hits for Three Dog Night on which Danny Hutton sang the lead vocals.
The song was inspired by the United States Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education that outlawed racial segregation of public schools. It was first recorded by Pete Seeger in 1956, followed by Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957. The original lyrics of the song opened with this verse, in reference to the court:
Their robes were black, Their heads were white,
The schoolhouse doors were closed so tight,
Nine judges all set down their names,
To end the years and years of shame.
Reggae groups The Maytones, from Jamaica, and Greyhound, from the UK, both recorded the song in 1971, the latter achieving a UK top ten hit. Having heard the Greyhound version, which did not include the verse describing the court, Three Dog Night included the song in their 1972 album Seven Separate Fools. This version of the song peaked at number one on the U.S. pop chart on September 16, 1972, and topped the easy listening chart on October 7.
- List of Hot 100 number-one singles of 1972 (U.S.)
- List of number-one adult contemporary singles of 1972 (U.S.)
"Alone Again (Naturally)" by Gilbert O'Sullivan
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
September 16, 1972 (one week)
"Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me" by Mac Davis
- http://www.folkways.si.edu/TrackDetails.aspx?itemid=2647 Earl Robinson: A Walk in the Sun and Other Songs and Ballads
- Second Hand Songs database
- Trojan Records box set, The Trojan Story (1972, reissued 1980)
- Black and White by Three Dog Night Songfacts
- Liner notes, Ultimate Seventies: 1972, Time Life Records.
- Whitburn, Joel (1996). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 6th Edition (Billboard Publications)
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