13 Feb

“One” is a song written by Harry Nilsson and made famous by Three Dog Night whose cover in 1969 reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100[2] and number four in Canada. The song is known for its opening line “One is the loneliest number that you’ll ever do”. Nilsson wrote the song after calling someone and getting a busy signal. He stayed on the line listening to the “beep, beep, beep, beep…” tone, writing the song. The busy signal became the opening notes of the song.

In 1968, Al Kooper released the song on his debut album I Stand Alone. In 1969, the song was covered by Australian pop singer Johnny Farnham, reaching number four on the Go-Set National Top 40 Chart.[3]

Single by Three Dog Night

from the album Three Dog Night

B-side “Chest Fever”

Released April 1969

Recorded 1968

Genre Rock, hard rock, blues rock

Length 3:06

Label Dunhill

Writer(s) Harry Nilsson

Producer(s) Gabriel Mekler

Certification Gold

Three Dog Night singles chronology

“Try a Little Tenderness”

(1969) “One”

(1969) “Easy to Be Hard”


Three Dog Night cover 

“One” was released as the second single from Three Dog Night’s eponymous first album. It was a major North American hit and became their first of seven gold records over the next five years.

The song reached number five on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at number two on the Cash Box Top 100.[4] It also reached number four in Canada.


Posted by on February 13, 2017 in 1970s, American music artists, music



6 responses to “THREE DOG NIGHT: “ONE”

  1. Michael Seidel

    December 19, 2016 at 8:26 am

    This is an echo from my childhood. The song was released when I was thirteen. A buddy was a big TDN fan so I heard this album, and this particular song, quite a bit. Cheers

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Light Ministry Blog

    December 21, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    Oh how I remember this song! I just assumed Three Dog wrote it. Well we all know what happens when one assumes something…Just an “FYI,” did you know Three Dog Night got their name from the fact that the people (I believe in parts of Alaska) kept warm at night by sleeping with two or three of their dogs. At least that’s what I heard…

    Steve :)

    Liked by 3 people

  3. America On Coffee

    December 21, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Light Ministry Blog

    December 21, 2016 at 1:51 pm

    No…really, I heard that…


    Liked by 2 people

  5. America On Coffee

    December 21, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    And it was so cold there (Alaska) they started singing “Momma Told Me Not To Come”?:-)

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Light Ministry Blog

    December 21, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Now that’s a ha ha ha! Maybe it was where Nat King Cold was born… :)

    Liked by 2 people


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