The iconic band Three Dog Night will celebrate over 40 years of their chart-topping pop music hits at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8pm. Four of the original members are still with the group. Few great bands survive from that period. And certainly not any with as original a name. Some think it comes from the original three lead singers, but there’s a far more interesting legend. The band is named after a phrase used by aborigines in the Australian outback to describe how cold it could get; a “three dog night” meant a very cold night requiring huddling with three dogs for warmth.
With four decades of memorable hit songs Three Dog Night has accumulated some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the golden years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more Top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets. Three Dog Night’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures: songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night’s continuing popularity.
Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three #1 singles, 11 Top 10′s, 18 straight Top 20′s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their hits appeared on best-selling charts in all genres (pop, rock and country). Their records continue to sell around the world, reaching beyond the borders of the U.S. into Japan, Canada, Holland, England, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Tens of millions of Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years. Three Dog Night recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, John Hiatt, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years.