Naturally – Three Dog Night

The MARK’S VINTAGE VINYL page features something from Mark’s collection of recordings from over the years. Most of it is on vinyl – hence the name – though there will be a few entries from his CDs (remember those?).

Naturally, by Three Dog Night

  • Fifth studio album by Three Dog Night, released in 1970.
  • While Three Dog Night was generally mocked by the music critics, I was a huge fan of their music – largely because of the vocals of Chuck Negron, Danny Hutton, and Cory Wells. Wow – these guys sang their hearts out when they recorded and performed.
  • There were 3 singles released from this album. Joy To The World peaked at #1 – it was their second of 3 songs to reach #1 (the others were Mama Told Me Not To Come and Black and White). The song was the best selling single of 1971, and worldwide sales were over 5 million copies, making it one of the best selling singles of all time. Negron handles the vocals on this song.
  • Liar made it to #7 on the Hot 100. Hutton is the lead vocalist. My favorite song on the album is One Man Band – this song topped out at #19. Hutton sings lead on the verses with Negron handling harmonies, and then Negron takes the lead on the end refrain.
  • Three Dog Night still performs today. Hutton is the only original member left, though Wells performed until 2015, until he died at the age of 74 of blood cancer. Negron left the band in 1985, after beating his heroin addiction. He tours today on the Happy Together Tour, as Chuck Negron, formerly of Three Dog Night. Guitarist Michael Alsup, while not an original member, joined the band one year after they formed, and he continues with them today. Keyboardist Jimmy Greenspoon also joined one year after they formed, and continued until he was diagnosed with melanoma in 2014 – he died in 2015.
  • Here’s the band playing One Man Band at a concert in 1981. “I just wanna be, your one man band, oooh!”

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