April 1971 – Joy to the World by 3 Dog Night

April 1971 – a song popular in this month – Joy to the World by 3 Dog Night

The group didn’t think much of this song when they recorded it, tacking it on to the album because they needed one more song to complete it. The song ended up being a massive hit and stayed six weeks at #1 on the US Hot 100.

Interesting facts about Joy to the World & 3 Dog Night –

The opening lines of this song, “Jeremiah was a bullfrog, was a good friend of mine. Never understood a single word he said, but I helped him drink his wine,” are part of some wonderful song meaning speculation. A common interpretation is that Axton’s bullfrog is the prophet Jeremiah from the Bible, and we’ve seen at least one sermon that makes the case that the song represents God’s desire to unite all people in happiness (the bullfrog, with his distinctive call that stands out in nature, is God’s voice in this interpretation).

Three Dog Night got their band name from an old Australian Aborigine saying they heard. If it was cold at night, you slept with your dogs for warmth. The next day you might tell a friend, “Man, it was a three dog night last night.” This led a lot of people to believe that the group was Australian, but they were based in California.

Thanks to the opening line in this song, frogs became a big part of the band’s marketing. Frogs adorned their press kits and some clothing items, and they even had a 6-foot frog suit that some poor guy had to wear to promote the band.

This song garnered renewed attention when it was featured on the soundtrack to the 1983 film The Big Chill.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

32 thoughts on “April 1971 – Joy to the World by 3 Dog Night

  1. I had no idea that was an aboriginal saying (three dog night). My first boyfriend was Australian and his favorite expression was “You would think it was Bush Week” which referred to things being freaky or not normal.

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