Posted on: June 9, 2008 9:29 pm
Edited on: June 10, 2008 3:10 pm

Who belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

I've noticed several blogs going about best albums, best gutarist  etc. and I hope this blog isn't duplicating another blog. But I was wondering who you thought should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that isn't there.  This is your chance to make a case for the Band or Singer that you feel should belong.  This isn't going to be a contest or vote off but for you to give your thoughts on who would like to see inducted and why. Here are a few groups that are not in and probably should be:  The Doobie Brothers, Yes, Chicago, Dire Straits and this group:

This group sold more records, sold more concert tickets than any group from 1969 to 1975.  They had 21 straight top 40 hits but yet they do not get the recogination they deserve.  Who is the group.


Here are a few comments that I found that was written about the group during their Hey Day:

  From Billboard's Book of Number One Hits (1985)

One of the primary reasons for their success was their ability to recognize new songwriters before the public did.  Ironically, they were constantly slammed by the rock press for not writing their own material; instead, the critics should have thanked them for being among the first to record works by Harry Nilsson, Laura Nyro, Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Leo Sayer, and Randy Newman. Billboard failed to include Hoyt Axton, Paul Williams, Daniel Moore, David Loggins, John Hiatt and Allen Toussaint (who was inducted into the HofF in 1998)

In 1974 Billboard had this to say after TDN released "Joy to the World, their Greatest Hits" Album.

One of America's true supergroups comes up with what is a true "greatest hits" package.   Three Dog Night has been criticized in the past for not writing their own material and taking cover versions from others-in short, for lack of originality.  On the contrary, they are a highly original group.  Whatever they take immdiately becomes their own, and they hold down one of the most distinctive sounds in the business.  And, as a commerical unit, skilled at making the best possible AM singles, there is no better.  From the softest ballad to the most frenetic rocker, Three Dog Night knows how to make hits, and that's what really counts.

In 1972 Rolling Stone Magazine said this about the group:

the top of the rock and roll heap, with more gold, bigger crowds and fatter purses than any other band.

Three Dog Night is considered the pioneer of the concept of stadium concerts, which changed live presentation of music. But what is ironic is they are critized for not writing their own music but other groups and individuals, like Elvis, the temptations, and numerous other MOTOWN groups didn't write their music either. 

 So why is Three Dog Night being overlooked, I don't know but you would think a group with that many top 40 hits, a group that sold over 85 Million records and was able to command over $250,000 per night plus a percentage of the purse, which was unheard of in the 70's. would be a lock for the Rock and Roll Hal of Fame. 

So here is to Three Dog Night and hopefully, they will be enshrined shortly in the Hall of Fame:

Here is the list of their 21 consective top 40 hits:

  • Nobody (1969)
  • Try a Little Tenderness (1969)
  • One (1969)
  • Easy to be Hard (1969)
  • Eli's Coming (1969)
  • Celebrate (1970)
  • Mama Told Me Not to Come (1970)
  • Out in the Country (1970)
  • One Man Band (1970)
  • Joy to the World (1971)
  • Liar (1971)
  • An Old Fashion Love Song (1971)
  • Never Been to Spain (1971)
  • The Family of Man (1972)
  • Black and White (1972)
  • Pieces of April (1972)
  • Shambala (1973)
  • Let Me Serenade You (1973)
  • The Show Must Go On (1974)
  • Sure as I'm Sitting Here (1974)
  • Play Something Sweet (Brickyard Blues) (1974)


 *All information on songs and articles was taking from "Three Dog Nightmare" the Chuck Negron Story.

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