Artist: Three Dog Night
Release date: 1968
Favorite track: "One"
One is the loneliest number.
It’s a simplistic notion, and the foundation from which rock band Three Dog Night rose to prominence. The hit song “One” is arguably one of my favorites, and the only TDN song I knew for much of my life.
I’ve liked this song since the moment I heard it. The piano, the vocals, the sentimentality always brings to mind favorites such as Billy Joel, Elton John and Freddie Mercury.
Side note: Sports editor, Seth Stringer, made a charming Freddie Mercury for Halloween.
“One” is also my favorite song to sing to someone when they’re leaving me. Yes, I really do that — even sometimes the sky-high note at the two minute 30-second mark.
The band’s 1968 self-titled debut album is a classic in my opinion, in the same realm as some of my favorite Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Tom Petty albums.
“Three Dog Night” easily sits in the classic rock genre.
It’s predictable, but in a good way.
I think what makes it such a heavy-hitter are the names involved in songwriting. Among them are John Lennon, Paul McCartney (my fave) and Neil Young.
The singles released were “Nobody,” “It’s for You,” “Try a Little Tenderness,” “Bet No One Ever Hurt This Bad,” “One” and “Chest Fever.”
“It’s for You” has the same catchy, passionate nature as “One.” The differing vocals chiming in and out of each other in the intro are entrancing, and the belted notes at the end are equally spellbinding, but in a different way.
It’s no surprise I dig that track because it was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It’s also no shocker that it highlights harmonies.
“Chest Fever” is another “Stand Out” track. The beginning reminds me of a church organ, but the sound blends nicely into the bluesy number.
“Find Someone to Love” is a little too jam band for my taste. Too much. Too fast. I skip it every time. Don’t hate me for it.
I personally believe when you have a song as well known and high quality as “One,” you have to follow through on that promise. Most songs did.
Speaking of promises, “Don’t Make Promises” is a lovely jaunt. Tim Harden, another hard-hitting songwriter, wrote this folk song.
Seems the songs we’re singing
All about tomorrow,
Tunes of promises that you can’t keep.
Every moment bringing
Love I can only borrow,
Telling me lies in your sleep.
— “Don’t Make Promises”
“One” was written by Harry Nilsson. It’s truly brilliant.
One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do
Two can be as bad as one
It’s the loneliest number since the number one
No is the saddest experience you’ll ever know
This psychedelic album cover is a classic representation of the 1960s. The album is self-titled, but the song “One” was so popular, management added its title to the cover.