One (Harry Nilsson song)

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One Is the Loneliest Number redirects here. The phrase is also the title of a novel from the Tom Clancy's Net Force Explorers series.
Single by Harry Nilsson
from the album Aerial Ballet
B-side "Sister Marie"
Released 1968
Recorded 1967
Label RCA
Writer(s) Harry Nilsson
Producer(s) Rick Jarrard
Harry Nilsson singles chronology
"Good Old Desk"
"Everybody's Talkin'"

"One" is a song written by Harry Nilsson and made famous by Three Dog Night whose cover in 1969 reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.[1] The song is known for its opening line "One is the loneliest number that you'll ever do". Nilsson wrote the song after calling someone and getting a busy signal. He stayed on the line listening to the "beep, beep, beep, beep..." tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes of the song.

In 1968, Al Kooper released the song on his debut album I Stand Alone. In 1969, the song was covered by Australian pop singer Johnny Farnham, reaching #4 on the Go-Set National Top 40 Chart.[2]

Single by Three Dog Night
from the album Three Dog Night
B-side "Chest Fever"
Released 1969
Recorded 1968
Genre Rock
Length 3:06
Label Dunhill
Writer(s) Harry Nilsson
Producer(s) Gabriel Mekler
Certification Gold
Three Dog Night singles chronology
"Try a Little Tenderness"
"Easy to Be Hard"

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  1. ^ Three Dog Night, "One" Chart Position Retrieved February 18, 2015
  2. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed (13 September 1969). "National Top 40". Go-Set. Waverley Press. Retrieved 16 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Final track listing for Mimicry and Memories". Retrieved 29 March 2015.