JOTW Rock and Roll Trivia Question for March 30, 2009

This band's name refers to Australian Aborigines sleeping in holes. This band had 13 gold albums and recorded 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold, and three U.S. number one songs. From 1969-1974, nobody had more Top 10 hits, moved more records, or sold more concert tickets. This band enjoyed major success covering songs by other artists such as Randy Newman, Laura Nyro, Hoyt Axton, and Elton John and Bernie Taupin, as well as a hit from a musical. As recently as 2008 they were still performing 85 concerts a year. They performed this past weekend at the Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland.

Three Dog Night earned 13 gold albums and recorded 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold. Their first gold record was “One” (US #5), which had been written and recorded by Harry Nilsson. They had three U.S. number one songs:

The name was coined by one of the band member’s girlfriend, when she read that aboriginal Australians slept in hole in the ground with a dingo, a native species of wild dog on cold nights. On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs for warmth.

Three Dog Night has produced giant hits from songs covered by other artists, such as Randy Newman (Mama Told Me Not to Come), Laura Nyro (Eli's Coming), Russ Ballard of Argent (Liar), Hoyt Axton (Joy to the World), Elton John and Bernie Taupin (Lady Samantha and Your Song), John Hiatt (Sure As I'm Sittin' Here), and Leo Sayer (The Show Must Go On”). The band had hits with Paull Williams “An Old Fashioned Love Song” and “Out in the Country,” as well as “Easy to be Hard” from the musical Hair.

As recently as 2008 Three Dog Night were still touring, performing 85 concerts a year, and as recently as March 28 at the Moondog Coronation Ball in Cleveland.

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