This morning, lead singer of Three Dog Night, Danny Hutton, joined The K-EARTH 101 Morning Show to talk a little about the band’s history and legendary days of the late ’60s into the ’70s.
The classic rock band has appeared a number of times on the charts with their now classic hits. When first starting out, critics weren’t so kind to Three Dog Night, because of the band’s tendency to cover other songwriters’ songs. However, Hutton notes that the group’s releases were responsible for bringing many of the artists they covered to the forefront.
“I would tell [the critics] no, we resurrected all of those songs – every song that we did was a song that come out by that artist who wrote it and it didn’t happen,” he explained. “So we actually plucked a lot of those songs out of where ever they were before, and that’s what’s kind of helped us after all these years.”
Three Dog Night scored their first Gold record in 1969 with the song “One” originally by Harry Nilsson. Other notable covers included Paul Williams’ “Out in the Country,” Hoyt Axton’s “Joy To The World,” and Randy Newman’s “Mama Told Me Not To Come.”
Having become close friends with Harry Nilsson after releasing “One,” Hutton recounted a wild story of throwing a house party with the artist, who brought over a couple of surprising guests.
“I had this party house in Laurel Canyon and I got a knock on the door…and there was John Lennon and he said ‘this is where the party is, isn’t it?’ and then comes in Ringo and then Harry comes stumbling in and says ‘hi Danny, I brought some friends’,” recalled Danny.
“When they’d been up for three days, I think they gone to The Troubadour and harassed the Smothers Brothers,” he added.
This Friday (July 19th), Three Dog Night is performing with the Grassroots at the Orange County Fair! For tickets and show information, click here.
Listen to our complete interview with Danny Hutton in the clip below: