September 1972 – Black and White by Three Dog Night

September 1972 – a song popular in this month – Black and White by Three Dog Night

This song is about racism, and was inspired by a US Supreme Court ruling that segregation in public schools is illegal.

Interesting facts about Black and White & Three Dog Night

When Three Dog Night recorded this, it came at a time when civil rights was a big issue in America. The message of racial equality was emphasized by their use of a children’s choir in the repeated chorus during the closing moments of the song.

Three Dog Night had three lead vocalists: Danny Hutton, Chuck Negron and Cory Wells. Hutton sang lead on this track.

An influential American folk singer named Earl Robinson wrote this in 1954 with lyricist David Arkin (who is the father of actor Alan Arkin).

The Jamaican reggae group Greyhound recorded this in 1971; their version made #6 in the UK.

Other artists to record this include Gregory Isaacs, Freddie McGregor and Inner Circle.

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24 thoughts on “September 1972 – Black and White by Three Dog Night

  1. Wow ! this is so interesting ! I always look forward to my weekly dose of music education 🙂 My hubby is the one that knows all this stuff, now thanks to you, I can challenge him and pose questions to him, which makes me look good (lol) . Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday my friend 🙂 x

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