Three Dog Night

Not everyone's cup of tea, the blue-eyed soul with which this formation from Los Angeles, California, relying on its vocals, became known.

But it is a nice band name, and the trio owes it to a girlfriend of one of them, actress June Fairchild. June kept it with singer Danny Hutton when he, along with two others, wanted to start a band.

Why did Three Dog Night get their band name - Cute Three Little White Puppies SleepingShe told Hutton that she had read an article about Australian Aboriginals who keep warm at night by sleeping beside their dogs.

If it's a bit chilly one dog close to your side is sufficient, if it is colder two come in, and a three dog night is when the temperature drops below freezing.

Active: 1968-1976; 1981-present, USA



Unknown said...

Re: 3 Dog Night
Three Dog Night
“Not everyone's cup of tea, the blue-eyed soul with which this formation from Los Angeles, California, relying on its vocals, became known.”
What’s that supposed to mean?

Anonymous said...

When I saw the 'Three Dog Night' title all I could think about was Fallout's Three Dog. He was a DJ on the Galaxy Radio there. ah, what a game, what a game. One of the best, as for me. And, according to the reviews on, not only for me) But it's because it's really cool and interesting.

mikey said...

"Not everyone's cup of tea"??? a rather stupid comment......who the hell wrote this? my mom hated older brother was not a fan of Dylan......your "Not everyone's cup of tea".....can be said of the every person in the universe, but, i dont know that i'd lead with that bit of wisdom

Anonymous said...

The Australian basis for the phrase is correct.

In Australia a worker who would be called a cowboy in the U.S is called a stockman or a jackeroo. A friend of my father's worked as a jackeroo when he was a teenager in the 1950's. A lot of inland Australia is semi-desert and gets very cold at night during the winter. He told me about going to stay at a station and being shown a place to sleep on an enclosed but unheated verandah. As it was a working property there were working dogs used for mustering there. His host said "Yer, it gets a bit cold at night at the moment, so if you get a bit cold pull up a dog".

Anonymous said...

They started out as an interesting concept, but quickly devolved into cheesy pop radio fodder when most bands who had something going on were headed in the opposite direction, trying to expand and deepen their output and get away from the restraints of ‘Top 40’. While I’ll give them their due as song interpreters( they weren’t writers)in a similar manner to Joe Cocker, each ensuing single was more empty calorie fluff, while still trying to wear a cloak of counterculture. So that’s why they’re not taken seriously here. CCR may have been cranking out hit singles at approximately the same time, but at least Fogarty would delve into dark and urgent themes occasionally, and that stuff went over well.

Jessica Wil said...

If you are buying a game for your children (or another child you know) discuss the purchase with them first. Don't just buy on a whim. Sports games are quite different from RPG games, so if they have a particular interest, you want to make sure that you know what that is.

Snake Pliskin said...

Not everyone's cup of tea? Ha ! They had 21 Top 40 hits, 3 of them #1, and 12 Gold albums. Fine if you don't like them. I don't like Dave Matthews Bamd. So what ?

Anonymous said...

I was always told it came from the Alaskan natives tradition of sleeping with a certain amount of dogs on cold arctic nights

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I always heard the Alaskan reference as well. I'm an Aussie and I live in a remote area, and I have never in my life heard a local use that phrase.

Anonymous said...

King Charles Cavalier is a Terrier bred to sleep at the foot of the Kings bed to keep his feet warm.
It is my understanding, on very cold British nights, the king would request more than one dog sleep at his feet and sides.
I own a King Charles Cavalier and she has a habit of sleeping under the covers and at the base of my feet.
That is a true statement !!

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