Two For Tuesday: #2 (tie) – Three Dog Night (High School Days)

I’ve written about Three Dog Night a lot here. They were the subject of a whole series here, them and the songwriters that wrote their biggest hits, last summer. They had eight top ten songs, including three #1’s, and spent a total of 47 weeks in the top ten, tying them with Elton John for #2 on the list.

Two of their three hits were featured in my earlier post; the third was “Joy To The World,” which spent eleven weeks in the top ten and reached #1 in April 1971.

“Shambala” was released in 1973. It entered the top ten on June 30 and spent six weeks there, peaking at #3 on July 28.

Three Dog Night, your Two for Tuesday, August 22, 2017.

16 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: #2 (tie) – Three Dog Night (High School Days)

  1. John,

    You featured two great Three Dog Night songs in today’s post. One thing I like about bands of yesteryear is, you can actually understand the lyrics their singing with little misinterpretation. Even to this day, I can sing right along to “Joy to the World” almost word for word. I did stumble a little this time so was glad your vid had the lyrics. 🙂

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  2. I really like this band and this is true rock which we are missing in mainstream music of today. The lyrics are great and makes me wonder what happened to the brains of the big hit people of today. They don’t hold a candle to these great rock people of this time period

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    1. There used to be hundreds of record labels and hundreds of A&R executives willing to sign acts that they liked and were willing to take a chance on. Now the labels are parts of huge conglomerates (e.g. Sony, Warner Bros.) where all the decisions are made at the corporate level by people with MBA’s and tin ears, who figure marketing can take the place of actual talent. The legacy acts continue to sell well and are cash cows for the industry, but what happens twenty years from now?

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      1. It’s already a great musical wasteland. Last period I liked was alt rock, and that was 15-20 years ago.

        The only thing that’ll keep any quality out there is the internet. But small, independent musicians will have a tough time self-marketing there because of how much there is. It’ll be tough to find the wheat in the huge amount of chaff.

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    1. They were one of my favorite bands in the Sixties and Seventies. My favorite album of theirs was “Captured Live At The Forum,” where they did a few of their hits up until then in front of a live audience. They sounded pretty much the same live as in the studio, a rarity, really. What I remember most about them was kind of sad: I was at a user conference for my future company, and they were scheduled to appear at the big end-of-conference party. From The Forum to a user conference for a software company seemed like a hell of a drop…

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  3. I’m a huge Three Dog Night fan. LOVE their music, Their record of consecutive hits and time spent in the charts has always impressed me, especially when they come close to Elton John, who always held the record for the most number #1 hits (and most Top 10s I think). They don’t make music like this anymore. I’m so glad I came up when I did: the late 60s and the 70s were, in my opinion, the absolute best for music.
    I have to go back and check out your other Three Dog Night post(s) — now I’m in a Three Dog Night kinda mood…

    Michele at Angels Bark

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    1. The link takes you to the original Three Dog Night post; the subsequent posts are the songwriters that wrote their hits, starting with Laura Nyro (I think) and ending with Leo Sayer, with Harry Nilsson, Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton etc. in between. Have fun!

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  4. “Wash some whiskey in your water, sugar in your tea…
    What’s all these crazy questions you’re asking me?”

    “Mama told me not to come
    Mama told me not to come.
    That aint the way to have fun, son…”

    That song punctuated summer school in 1970. I never got to play their songs onstage, but that was one I would have liked to perform. Great vocals and fun Rhodes piano parts.

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