Three Dog Night

Count Basie, Red Bank, NJ

Three Dog Night
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ
October 22, 2016

Three Dog Night. What a band. From 1969 to 1974, no band was bigger, or sold more records than Three Dog Night.  They had 21 consecutive top 40 hits, including 3 #1 Singles, 11 top 10’s, 18 straight top 20’s, 7 million selling singles, and 12 straight Gold LP’s.

The band came out swinging, hit after hit. ‘Never Been to Spain’, ‘Black and White’, ‘Shambala’. As Lead Singer Danny Hutton said ‘When you had 21 consecutive top 40 hits, you have nothing but hits to play.’  ‘Old Fashioned Love Song’ , ‘Easy to be Hard’ , ‘Eli’s Coming’. These songs are the soundtracks of our lives. The soundtrack to my childhood. Every one of these songs takes me back to a time and place when I was a little kid. Great memories, summertime, friends. I love these songs. I love this band. 

The band: Danny Hutton (founder/lead vocals), Michael Allsup (guitar), Paul Kingery (bass/vocals), Pat Bautz (drums), Eddie Reasoner (keyboards) and David Morgan (vocalist). They were in great spirits and were having the time of their life. Very charming and easy going, talking to the audience between the hits and laughing and joking with each other. They looked great and sounded even better. Flawless playing, strong vocals, excellent harmonies and searing guitars. 

The hits just keep coming, ‘One’, ‘Liar’, ‘Celebrate’. Surprisingly though, the highlight of the show for me was the one new song the band performed. ‘Prayer for the Children’, an amazingly beautiful Accapella song. With 6 piece harmony, they took my breath away with the glorious harmonies. People were amazed and some teary eyed at how beautiful the song was. 

After the crowd caught it’s collective breath, the band was right back into the hits. ‘Mama Told Me Not to Come’, and the big finale ‘Joy to the World’. Jeremiah was a bullfrog indeed. One of my favorite songs and the flood of memories was overwhelming. I love this band and I loved this concert. I can’t wait to see them again.

Author - Dennis Morgillo  

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