Five On Friday...

Sparks Of Insanity By Vinny "Bond" Marini Friday, April 23, 2010

Participating in Travis' Five For Friday meme again.

Each week TRAVIS of Trav's Thoughts" hosts a musical meme where in you get to select five songs and post them. They may be thematic, they may be from one band, they may be a random five songs. I began this last week and really enjoyed it.

Now, Travis lays out some guidelines for this meme and they go like this:

1. Grab the banner, make your post title Five on Friday, and be sure to link back here.

2. Go to to make your play list of five songs. Choose a particular theme to share with us. You can simply post the play list, or you can add a little summary about what you are sharing.

3. I don't know how to make a specific linky, so be sure to leave me a comment to let me know that you participated.

4. No tags, but feel free to invite your friends to play along if they need a post topic on a Friday.

When I think back to my days in high school and the band I was in, one group tends to leap to the front of my memory.

We loved playing trying to play their music. It seemed so hip to us at the time. A band that sang these R&B songs, but they were white boys like us!

How could these white men write such cool songs? Well, what I eventually learned, when I really began looking into the history of music is that they didn't! Does not take away from their interpretations of these songs.

I give you 5 from THREE DOG NIGHT. Led by the three part vocals of Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells. Three Dog Night earned 13 gold albums and recorded 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, seven of which went gold.

"Black and White" - written by American Folk singer Earl Robinson in 1954 with lyricist David Arkin (Alan Arkin's dad), and was about racism and inspired by a US Supreme Court ruling that segregation in public schools is illegal. The original song includes the line, "Their robes were black, their heads were white" which refers to the judges. This lyric was left off the Three Dog night version. Reached #1 on the charts.

"Old Fashioned Love Song" - written by Singer-songwriter Paul Williams. It reached #4 on the charts

"Joy To The World" - originally written by Hoyt Axton this reached #1 on the charts. Three Dog Night never really wanted to record the song but they needed one last track for their Naturally album. The group had been on an overseas tour when that album was released and were greatly surprised to hear that the song they didn't want to record ended up being a big hit.

"Mama Told Me Not To Come" - the Randy Newman composition which was the first number-one song on the American Top 40 countdown show with longtime host Casey Kasem. Newman mentions Three Dog Night's version is better than his, and his favorite of all versions.

"One" - written by Harry Nilsson, it reached #5 on the charts.

I mixed all five together, so you can start the player and go about other things or check other sites while it have 16:53 to enjoy...

Enjoy your weekend...

7 Of Your Sparks

  1. DrillerAA09 Says:
  2. Three Dog Night had some pretty serious songwriters working with them. It's little wonder that they had so many hits.

  3. Travis Cody Says:
  4. Love me some TDN! Pieces of April is my favorite, but I can't think of a tune from TDN that I don't like.

  5. ...thier original name was Six Moose Day.....

  6. CiCi Says:
  7. Thanks for the fun music to make lunch to and dance in the kitchen.

  8. Jay Says:
  9. When I was a kid the first song lyrics I ever started singing was ♫Jeremiah was a bullfrog!♫

  10. Dan Says:
  11. Great music by TDN! Thanks for sharin this.

  12. Mimi Lenox Says:
  13. I wish Jay hadn't said Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog. I am now smitten with that tune for the rest of the night. Thank you!!!


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