Old Fashioned Love Song – Three Dog Night

three dog nightThree Dog Night is an American rock band, best known for their music from 1968—1975 but still making live appearances as of 2008.

The band started with three lead vocalists – Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron, and Cory Wells – who landed a recording contract with Dunhill Records in Los Angeles. They made some early recordings with Beach Boys producer, composer, vocalist, and instrumentalist Brian Wilson, and initially went by the name Redwood. Shortly after changing the band’s name, the vocalists hired a group of backing musicians – Michael Allsup on guitar, Floyd Sneed on drums, (Mickey McMeel on drums from 1973 to 1976), Joe Schermie (from the Cory Wells Blues Band) on bass, and Jimmy Greenspoon on keyboards – and soon became one of the most successful bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s Their band road manager was Thomas H. Eggleston.

Their covers of songs by Randy Newman (“Mama Told Me Not to Come”), Laura Nyro (“Eli’s Coming” (U.S. #10)), Russ Ballard of Argent (“Liar” (U.S. #7)), Hoyt Axton (“Joy to the World”), Elton John and Bernie Taupin (“Lady Samantha” & “Your Song”), John Hiatt (“Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here” (U.S. #16)), and Leo Sayer (“The Show Must Go On” (U.S. #4)) were the first major hits for songs by these singer/songwriters. According to the commentary in the above-mentioned CD set, Elton John later credited their cover of “Your Song” with being a major factor in catapulting him to stardom. They also popularized songs by Harry Nilsson (“One” (U.S. #5)) and Paul Williams (“An Old Fashioned Love Song” (U.S. #4)).

Joe Schermie quit in 1973 and was replaced by Jack Ryland. The band then became an eight-piece with the induction of another keyboard player, Skip Konte. By 1976, Negron had become the principal vocalist, the streak of hit records had ended and a dissatisfied Hutton left the group. The group disbanded the following year, at least partly due to Negron’s drug addiction problem.

Old Fashioned Love Song

“An Old Fashioned Love Song” was written by the noted songwriter Paul Williams. Its lyrics suggest the straightforward and melodic nature of the tune: Just an old fashioned love song / Comin’ down in three part harmony / Just an old fashioned love song / One I’m sure they wrote for you and me.

Three Dog Night recorded it the same year by shortening the name to Old Fashioned Love Song and it became a hit.

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Just an old-fashioned love song playin’ on the radio
And wrapped around the music is the sound
Of someone promising they’ll never go
You swear you’ve heard it before
As it slowly rambles on and on
No need in bringin’ `em back,
`Cause they’re never really gone

Just an old-fashioned love song
One I’m sure they wrote for you and me
Just an old-fashioned love song
Comin’ down in 3-part harmony

To weave our dreams upon and listen to each evening
When the lights are low
To underscore our love affair
With tenderness and feeling that we’ve come to know
You swear you’ve heard it before
As it slowly rambles on and on and
No need in bringin’ `em back,
`Cause they’re never really gone

Just an old-fashioned love song
Comin’ down in 3-part harmony
Just an old-fashioned love song
One I’m sure they wrote for you and me
Just an old-fashioned love song
Comin’ down in 3-part harmony
Just an old-fashioned love song
One I’m sure they wrote for you and me

To weave our dreams upon and listening to a song . . .

  • Audio from the 1971 album, Harmony:

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About DJ Allyn

DJ Allyn is a burned out radio guy who went on to become a burned out sound engineer for a few Seattle area grunge bands in the 1980s and 1990s. Left the madness of worldwide tours with bands, cleaned up my act and went into the relative sanity of sound engineering for television series. Currently working as the Director of Sound for a television series being filmed in North Vancouver, British Columbia. I am always on the lookout for interesting videos, old music, and fun.

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