Joy to the World – Three Dog Night – 1971

May 4, 2014

Three Dog Night - Joy to the World - 1971The best known of Three Dog Night’s three #1 hits is sometimes better known by its first line, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog.”  Released in 1971, Joy to the World sold five million copies.

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  • Three Dog Night is an American band primarily featuring the talents of three vocalists: Danny Hutton, Cory Wells and Chuck Negron.  The three first came together in 1967 to create some recordings with Brian Wilson.  In those days they went under the name of Redwood.
  • In 1968, the vocalists looked around for some musicians of their own and Three Dog Night was formed.
  • The name Three Dog Night was suggested by the girlfriend of vocalist Danny Hutton.  She had read a magazine article about indigenous Australians.  It explained that on cold nights they would sleep in a hole in the ground while embracing a dingo (a native species of wild dog). On colder nights they would sleep with two dogs and if the night were freezing, it was a “three dog night.”
  • Between 1969 and 1975, Three Dog Night scored 21 Billboard Top 40 hits, including three #1’s.
  • The band introduced the world to many artists and songwriters by recording the works of people such as: Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, Laura Nyro, Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, and Leo Sayer.
  • The band is still together and recording.  They were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000.

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  • Joy to the World is one of the best-selling singles in history.
  • Joy to the World was written by Hoyt Axton who also wrote Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis’ first #1 hit.
  • The song is lifted from Three Dog Night’s third album, Naturally.  Naturally was released in November 1970.  An edited version of the song was released as a single in February 1971.
  • Joy to the World has been covered by a number of artists including: The Supremes and Four Tops (a duet version recorded in 1971 but not released until 2009).  And, Little Richard on his 1971 album, The King of Rock and Roll.
  • Joy to the World features in the movie The Big Chill. It is sung by a child character at the beginning with the Three Dog Night playing over the end credits.
  • Joy to the World lyrics.

joy to the world – three dog night – 1971

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I Was Made For Lovin’ You – KISS – 1979

October 17, 2013

KISS - I was made for loving youPainted faces, flamboyant concerts, still going strong today; KISS’s, I Was Made For Lovin’ You hit the airwaves in 1979.

there’s only one kiss

Grease paint, flamboyant costumes, spitting blood, flaming guitars, and that tongue! We all know KISS, one of the most prolific bands of the last 40 years.

KISS began life in 1971 under the name, Wicked Lester. By 1973, they had a new name and the line-up that has remained largely unchanged to this very day.

Then came the makeup and costumes. They took on the personas of comic book-style characters: Starchild (Stanley), The Demon (Simmons), Spaceman or Space Ace (Frehley) and Catman (Criss).

the name

The name KISS came about because Ace Frehley had previously been in a band named, Lips. It seemed a natural name progression. Ace came up with the styalised KISS logo with the S’s looking like lightning bolts.

In Germany, however, it looked a little too much like the SS symbol which is banned. Hence, over there, the name is written with the S’s backwards.

gold record but still no #1’s

I Was Made For Lovin’ You was Kiss’s second gold record, the first being Beth. In all, the band produced 20 studio albums, 10 live albums, 13 compilation albums, 58 singles and 15 video albums – they are one of the highest selling artists of all time, but they have never achieved a #1 single in the US. Their highest chart listing is #7; Beth in 1976.

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  • I Was Made for Lovin’ You, was released as a single on May 20, 1979 from the band’s album Dynasty.
  • I Was Made for Lovin’ You was KISS’s second gold single and certified gold in the US on August 16, 1979, and in Canada on August 1, 1979.
  • The song was written by professional songwriters, Desmond Child and Vini Poncia, and KISS guitarist, Paul Stanley. Desmond Child said of I Was Make For Lovin’ You,

Paul wanted to write a good disco song and I decided to help him with that. Paul started to write lyrics and chords then I played the song on the guitar and said “OK, we’ll do something to improve this and make it really a good song.

  • Paul Stanley said,

It was a conscious effort on my part to prove how easy it was to write and record a hit disco song.

  • Over 20 bands have produced cover versions of I Was Made For Lovin’ You. Jack Black covered the song as, I Was Made For Sliming You at the 2008 Kids Choice Awards, and some claim the central riff of the song was borrowed by Bruce Springsteen for his song Outlaw Pete, from his 2009 album Working On A Dream.
  • I Was Made For Lovin’ You lyrics.

i was made for lovin’ you – kiss – 1979 – video

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