#4M: Under The Influence: Three Dog Night

Today I am still under the musical influence of my oldest brother.  Another band that reminds me of him, as well of my older sister.

When I was just a little girl, I would tag along wherever and whenever I could. Sometimes the journey would be as close as next door. Our neighbor was just a few years older than my oldest siblings, but they really liked him and his ‘cool vibes’.  When my sister wasn’t around, he taught the boys and myself to play pinochle (although, to this day, I couldn’t even begin to tell you how it’s played!). He also had this really cool music recording studio set up in his basement. We would spend quite a bit of time there as well. My sister and this guy and a few others from the neighborhood had put together a little basement band, calling themselves “Young At Heart”. They mostly performed covers for the people at the local nursing home.  This neighbor also enjoyed making reel to reel tapes of vinyls and sharing those with my brothers. I’m telling you, the early 1970s was a great time to be alive - especially when it came to music.

I’ve chosen another band that takes me back to that time in my life, and makes me reminisce of days when I was young and oh so innocent.

Wikipedia tells us this about Three Dog Night:

Three Dog Night is an American rock band formed in 1967, with founding members consisting of vocalists Danny Hutton, Cory Wells, and Chuck Negron. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon, Joe Schermie, Michael Allsup, and Floyd Sneed. The band had 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975, with three hitting number one. Three Dog Night recorded many songs written by outside song writers, and they helped to introduce mainstream audiences to writers such as Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton.

Today’s Influential Playlist:

  1. Never Been To Spain
  2. One Is The Loneliest Number
  3. Mama Told Me Not To Come
  4. Shambala
  5. Old Fashioned Love Song
  6. The Show Must Go On
  7. Joy To The World
  8. Black And White
  9. Easy To Be Hard
  10. Pieces of April

Who’s been influencing you lately?

See you again soon! Share with me your thoughts about this playlist.

Today’s post is part of the Monday’s Music Moves Me blog hop, hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by Stacy Uncorked, Curious as a Cathy. , and Ramblin with AM. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.  If you have a MUSIC* post, feel free to join in the fun! *sorry non-music posts are not permitted in this blog hop.

Sorry no link to the bloghop. I developed more medical issues that are keeping me away from my computer.  Be sure to visit curiousasacathy.com for the list of participants.


  1. Love Three Dog Night. Saw Chuck Negron perform a few years ago.

  2. I love Three Dog Night! We saw them in concert a few months ago, and they've still got it; however, this show was a redo. The first time we went to see them, the old drummer fell off of the stage, so the show was canceled. I guess with them all in their 70s climbing onto the stage is tricky.

  3. Three Dog Night are so classic and great. Love them. One of my favs when I was starting to understand and get into music.

  4. I loved the early 70's (I was in college) music and I loved Three Dog Night. I had their greatest hits album on vinyl. I never realized "Pieces of April" (which I don't recall being on the greatest hits album) was written by David Loggins. It is such a beautiful song.

  5. You know how I feel about Three Dog Night, and you picked some of their best! Good set!

  6. I never got into Three Dog Night (they were on some 8 tracks my parents had), but did like Black and White a lot. And in my teenage years, I'd come to read about the band getting up to a whole lot of no good (especially Chuck Negron), when I tried to go beyond my preferred music and learn about other artists.

    I don't know if I've really been influenced by any band lately, but Pink Floyd always finds a way to "play" on repeat in my head, so maybe them. Though for Music Monday/4M purposes, I chose a song by Velvet Revolver that I hadn't heard in a while, then it just randomly popped up. Seriously, it had been a few years since I last listened to it.

    I have a Battle of the Bands going on in that post as well - though I'm not sure who's participating this time around other than Mike, John, and myself.


  7. I always liked Three Dog Night, but I haven't listened to their music in quite some time. I think I might have a greatest hits of their music on CD somewhere. If I don't, I should.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  8. I never knew that about your sister and you and your neighbor! That's way cool! I agree--the 70's were a great time to be alive for music!

  9. Mary,

    Who doesn't like the Three Dog Night? A fabulous 70s band that never goes out of style! Great song set, my friend. You had the dance floor rockin' with these selections. Have a boogietastic week, dear!

  10. We loved these songs, Mary and those days and the clothes. Granny is still wearing some trousers like that, because those were the days huh ;) 😸Pawkisses for a Happy Week ahead🐾😽💞


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