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Three Dog Night Biography

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Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years Active: 1968 – 1976, 1981 – present
Genres: Rock, Pop Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

Three Dog Night is an American rock band best known for their music from 1968 to 1975. As of 2010, they are still recording and making live appearances.

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 US number one songs: "Mama Told Me Not to Come", which was also their only Top 10 hit in the UK, "Joy to the World" and "Black and White". Dunhill Records claims 40 million record albums were sold by the band during this time period.

As its members wrote just a handful of songs on the albums, most songs Three Dog Night recorded were written by outside songwriters. Notable hit covers include Randy Newman’s "Mama Told Me Not to Come" (US #1), Laura Nyro "Eli's Coming" (US #10), Russ Ballard of Argent’s "Liar" (US #7), Hoyt Axton’s "Joy to the World" (US #1) and "Never Been To Spain" (US #5), Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s "Lady Samantha" & "Your Song", John Hiatt’s "Sure As I'm Sittin' Here" (US #16), Bush’s "I Can Hear You Callin'", Leo Sayer’s "The Show Must Go On" (US #4) and Harry Nilsson's "One" (US #5).

The band also popularized songs by Paul Williams "An Old Fashioned Love Song" (US #4) and "Out in the Country" (US #15) as well as "Easy to be Hard" (US #4) from the musical “Hair.”

Three Dog Night has not recorded a full-length album since 1976's “American Pastime.” Three Dog Night was inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.