1. Active from 1968 to 1976, 3 Dog Night was quite busy being successful; they produced 21 hit singles, including 11 Top Tens and 12 consecutive gold albums.
2. Their name comes from the Australian aboriginal practice of cuddling up with (presumably domesticated) dingoes to keep warm during winter nights: 1 dingo on a chilly night, 2 on a cold night, and 3 on a freezing night. Also, the group had 3 vocalists.
3. Those 3 singers scored that huge number of singles by bringing in hired guns to write killer songs. Here’s a handful of covers they scored big with: Harry Nilsson’s One (US #5); a song from the musical Hair, Easy to Be Hard, by Gerome Ragni/James Rado/Galt Mac Dermot (US #4); Laura Nyro’s Eli’s Comin‘ (US #10); Randy Newman’s Mama Told Me Not to Come (US #1); Paul Williams’ An Old Fashioned Love Song (US #4), Hoyt Axton’s Joy to the World (US #1); Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s Your Song; Daniel Moore’s Shambala; Leo Sayer’s The Show Must Go On (US #4), and John Hiatt’s Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here (US #16).