Three Dog Night (album)

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Three Dog Night
Studio album by Three Dog Night
Released October 16, 1968 (1968-10-16)[1]
Recorded 1968 at American Recording Co.[2]
Genre Pop, rock
Length 32:22
Label Dunhill (U.S. original release)
MCA (U.S. CD reissue)
Stateside (UK)
Producer Gabriel Mekler[2]
Three Dog Night chronology
Three Dog Night
(October 1968)
Suitable for Framing
(June 1969)
Singles from Three Dog Night
  1. "Nobody"
    Released: November 1968 (1968-11)[3]
  2. "Try a Little Tenderness"
    Released: January 1969 (1969-01)[3]
  3. "One"
    Released: April 1969 (1969-04)[3]

Three Dog Night (also known as One) is the self-titled debut album by American rock band Three Dog Night. The album was originally released by Dunhill Records on October 16, 1968.[1] The album is known for featuring the band's top 5 hit single, "One", which is featured on the album cover; although, not on the original releases of the album.

The album made the Top 20 on the albums charts in the United States and Canada. It has been reissued multiple times by Dunhill, MCA, and Geffen record labels.

Background, recording, and production[edit]

In 1967, Three Dog Night was founded by Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, Chuck Negron, Joe Schermie, Floyd Sneed, Jimmy Greenspoon, and Michael Allsup. The group was a successful live act in Los Angeles and gathered considerable attention by several record labels. After a show at the Troubadour, the group was signed to the Dunhill ABC label, and the band started work on their first studio album.[4]

Three Dog Night was recorded at American Recording Company. Producing the sessions was Gabriel Mekler, who had previously worked Steppenwolf, and was engineered by Richard Podolor – who would later became the band's producer – and Bill Cooper.[2]

Singles and artwork[edit]

The first single to be released from Three Dog Night was "Nobody" b/w "It's For You" in November 1968, followed by "Try a Little Tenderness" b/w "Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad" in January 1969. The last single released from the album was "One" b/w "Chest Fever" in April 1969.[3]

The album's cover art, designed by Gary Burden, originally only had the name of the group on the front cover. After "Nobody" and "Try a Little Tenderness" were released as singles to only moderate success, the band began work on a follow-up album, Suitable for Framing. During planning for Suitable for Framing's release, however, Three Dog Night singer Chuck Negron approached Dunhill ABC executives asking that "One" (which Negron sang lead on) be considered as the band's next single. The label released "One" as a single in several test markets, and the record quickly became Three Dog Night's first bona fide hit, ultimately peaking at #5 on the U.S. national charts.[5] The title "One" was quickly added under the group's name on this album's cover to capitalize on the song's popularity.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "One" (Harry Nilsson) – 3:00
  2. "Nobody" (Beth Beatty, Dick Cooper, Ernie Shelby) – 2:18
  3. "Heaven Is in Your Mind" (Jim Capaldi, Steve Winwood, Chris Wood) – 2:55
  4. "It's for You" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 1:40
  5. "Let Me Go" (Danny Whitten) – 2:24
  6. "Chest Fever" (J.R. Robertson) – 4:40
  7. "Find Someone to Love" (Johnny "Guitar" Watson) – 2:00
  8. "Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad" (Randy Newman) – 4:03
  9. "Don't Make Promises" (Tim Hardin) – 2:45
  10. "The Loner" (Neil Young) – 2:32
  11. "Try a Little Tenderness" (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Harry M. Woods) – 4:05

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Three Dog Night:[2]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 17
US Billboard 200[7] 11
Provider Date Certification
(sales thresholds)
RIAAU.S.[8] August 15, 1969 Gold
(500,000 units sold)
RIAA – U.S.[8] August 5, 2008 Platinum
(1,000,000 units sold)

Singles[edit]

Title Chart (1969) Peak
position
"Nobody" US Billboard Hot 100[9] 116
"Try a Little Tenderness" US Billboard Hot 100[9] 29
Canadian Top Singles[6] 19
"One" US Billboard Hot 100[9] 5
Canadian Top Singles[6] 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ackerman, Paul, ed. (March 9, 1974). "Anatomy of a Three Dog Night: The Albums". Billboard. Vol. 86 (No. 10): 36. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 (CD liner). Three Dog Night. United States: MCA Records. 1993. pp. 30, 31. MCAD2-10956. 
  3. ^ a b c d Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 (CD liner). Three Dog Night. United States: MCA Records. 1993. p. 26. MCAD2-10956. 
  4. ^ Leaf, David (1993). Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965–1975 (CD liner). Three Dog Night. United States: MCA Records. pp. 2–8. MCAD2-10956. 
  5. ^ Negron, Chuck (1999). Three Dog Nightmare: The Chuck Negron Story. Renaissance. pp. 88, 89, 95. ISBN 1-58063-040-5. 
  6. ^ a b c "RPM Search Engine" (PHP). Library and Archives Canada. March 31, 2004. 
  7. ^ "Three Dog Night: Charts & Awards – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. United States: Rovi Corporation. Retrieved April 3, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum: Searchable Database" (PHP). Recording Industry Association of America.  Type in "Three Dog Night" under Artist or Title to see the search results.
  9. ^ a b c "Three Dog Night Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved April 4, 2011.