In October and November I got a blast from the past from a couple of TV commercials. First from Applebees, and then from JC Penneys! I was thrilled! Companies are still marketing me and my generation! Woohoo!
This picture is a clue! Can you name that tune? No? Here’s another . . . It came out in 1971. I would have been in middle school.
This song was silly. Really! The group that recorded it was Three Dog Night. Two of the three guys in the group voted no on this song.
Can you name that tune? Here’s your last clue., the first line of that song . . . ‘Jeremiah was a bullfrog.’
Some people think that’s the name of the song. Sorry, it’s not. The real name – JOY TO THE WORLD.
Meet the founding members of Three Dog Night back in 1969. From left to right, Chuck Negron, Cory Wells, and Danny Hutton.
So which one picked this song? It was the guy on the left, Chuck Negron. He thought they needed a silly song to bring the group back together, to play music like a team. It worked!
The song hit #1 on Billboard’s Top 100. World-wide it sold 5 million records, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time! All from a silly song!
Here’s the musician behind that #1 hit, Hoyt Axton. He thought the first line should be ‘Jeremiah was a prophet.’ Bullfrog is silly, but I can’t imagine where he could have gone with lyrics about a prophet. Here’s his chorus. Chuck was right! It is fun!
Joy to the World
All the boys and girls now
Joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea
Joy to you and me
Sorry, I can’t give you a link for the video. The one I wanted to share is licensed to Reelin’ in the Years Productions, but I can give you my search link. The 1st video is the band in 2008. Scroll down, and you’ll find a video from 1972. That’s the group I remember. It’s what the cool guys looked like, back in the 1970’s!
- Search link: joy to the world three dog night video - Bing
- Sources: Three Dog Night - Wikipedia
- Joy to the World (Three Dog Night song) - Wikipedia
When I write, I can only have one voice in my head, mine. A little noise is fine. But too much, or worse yet, WORDS, and I must change rooms or pull out headphones. Then I can write on!