This afternoon on ‘Tickets @ 2’ it’s “Joy To The World” by Three Dog Night. Hoyt Axton wrote it for an animated TV special called The Happy Song that never materialized.
Three Dog Night got their band name from an old Australian Aborigine saying they heard. If it was a cold night, you slept with your dogs for warmth. The next day you might tell a friend, “Man, it was a three dog night last night.” This led some people to believe the group was Australian, but they were based right here in L.A.
Hoyt Axton’s mother Mae Axton co-wrote Elvis’s “Heartbreak Hotel.” When “Joy To The World” topped the charts, the Axton’s became the only mother-son team to each be credited with writing a # 1 record.
When we play it between two and three we’ll take caller #7 at 1-800-232-KRTH (5783) to wing a pair of tickets to see “The Planets”….stunning footage of outer space accompanied by music performed by The Pacific Symphony this Saturday at the Verizon Wireless Amphiteatre.