Three Dog Night: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 1)

Three Dog Night is one of the most long-standing rock bands in American history. Though the band and its members have lived much of their lives in the spotlight, there are still some things that many people do not know about them.With that in mind, here we present our list of 15 things you probably didn’t know about Three Dog Night. Check out part one below, and stay tuned for part two, coming soon!

Number Fifteen: They Got Their Name From an Australian Ritual. The band’s name was suggested to them by vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend, June Fairchild. She told them that, in Australia, the indigenous people would sleep in a hole with a dingo, or feral dog, on cold nights. On really freezing nights, they would sleep with three dingos, and it was called a “three dog night.”

Number Fourteen: They Were Associated With the Beach Boys. When they first formed in 1967, they recorded with famous Beach Boys member Brian Wilson. However, they were not yet called Three Dog Night – then, they were Redwood.

Number Thirteen: They Were Litigious. Three Dog Night split from American Talent International, or ATI, in 1972. However, when ATI continued to advertise that the band was with them, the band filed a $6 million lawsuit against them.

Number Twelve: They Dabbled in Ska. In 1983, long after the band peaked, they reunited for record It’s a Jungle, which was heavily influenced and inspired by the ska style of music.

Number Eleven: Chuck Negron Struggled With Drugs. In fact, Negron struggled so much with drugs that he was let go from the band in 1985 after he relapsed.

Number Ten: There Are Only Five Current Members. The current members of the band include Danny Hutton, Michael Allsup, Paul Kingery, Pat Bautz, and Eddie Reasoner. Danny Hutton and Michael Allsup are the only two long-standing members left in the group. Paul Kingery joined in 1985, Pat Bautz joined in 1993, and Eddie Reasoner joined as a full-time member in 2015.

Number Nine: They Are Members of The Vocal Group Hall of Fame. Three Dog Night was officially inducted into The Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2000, thereby solidifying their spot as one of the most influential rock bands of their time.