Three Dog Night recorded Harry Nilsson's "One" for their eponymous debut album in 1968. The single of "One" released in 1969 reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


The point is we're really picky about things. We could have been like a lot of groups and crammed things down the public's throat because we wrote them. And, of course, you make a lot of money writing your own songs. But I don't think anybody has really felt really confident that we've written anything of the caliber of Nilsson or Randy Newman. And it's proved out to be correct.

-- Cory Wells of Three Dog Night [1]


Three Dog Night is an American rock band formed in 1967, founded by vocalists Chuck Negron, Cory Wells, and Danny Hutton. This lineup was soon augmented by Jimmy Greenspoon (keyboards), Joe Schermie (bass), Michael Allsup (guitar), and Floyd Sneed (drums). The band had 21 Billboard Top 40 hits between 1969 and 1975, with three hitting number one. Three Dog Night recorded many songs written by outside songwriters, and they helped to introduce mainstream audiences to writers such as Randy Newman ("Mama Told Me Not to Come"), Paul Williams ("An Old Fashioned Love Song"), Laura Nyro ("Eli's Comin'") and Hoyt Axton ("Joy to the World", "Never Been to Spain").