From 1969-1974, nobody had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets than Three Dog Night. During this period, they were undoubtedly the most popular band in America: twenty-one consecutive Top 40 hits, eighteen straight Top 20s, eleven Top 10s, seven number 1s, seven million-selling singles and twelve straight gold LPs. By late ’75, they had sold nearly 50 million records. The band was unique for it’s time, featuring three separate lead singers, Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells.
Where does the name come from? Apparently Australian aborigines would sleep with their dogs to provide warmth on cold nights. The coldest nights were called three dog nights. Here’s Three Dog Night with their 1973 hit, “Shambala”: