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Three Dog Night is an American band that formed in the 1960’s, taking their current name in 1965. They have had 21 Billboard Top 40 Hits, three of which hit #1: Mama Told Me Not To Come, Joy To The World, and Black And White. They are still together, performing in 80+ concerts across the country annually.
Celebrate, hitting #15 on the charts, is my favorite of their long list of rockin’ songs. The video link here http://youtu.be/v7n_DWxJTwQ is for the live performance of Celebrate in the War Memorial in Rochester, NY, about 90 minutes from my home. Back in summer of 1970, I had just graduated from high school and was preparing for college. Remember being 18 and feeling as though the world belonged to you? My ‘real’ life was just beginning. I could vote, drink and drive (not all at the same time, of course). I was out from under my parent’s rule. I was free!
Celebrate stirred that feeling further and united audiences everywhere. Wherever a local band was covering 3DN’s tunes, kids were on their feet, clapping their hands over their heads and singing along, loudly.
That August, my best friend and I donned our skin-tight jeans, halter tops and sexy, barely-there sandals. We climbed into my little green VW, rolled down the windows, inserted an 8-track tape of 3DN and took off for Rochester. The music blared from my car’s chintzy speakers and the wind ruffled my waist-length auburn hair as we drove to the arena in hopes of buying tickets from a scalper to see our favorite musicians.
We spent hours in the heat and humidity searching for someone who had a coveted ticket to sell. No such luck. We waited, instead, by the stage door with dozens of other kids like us til the concert was over, hoping to get an autograph from Danny Hutton, Cory Wells or Chuck Negron, the three lead vocalists. Before the band was rushed out the doors to their bus, the police pushed us out of the way,as if we were some kind of threat. There we stood screaming and reaching out to our idols hoping for a mere touch, even a glance or smile in our direction. Danny Hutton turned as I screamed his name and winked at me (I’m sure it was me he was winking at)!
We didn’t go straight home that night, but detoured to a local hangout, The Orange Monkey. 3DN’s music was playing on the DJ’s turntable all night. I ordered a grown-up gin-seven-and lemon, snagged the first ceiling-hung monkey chair I came across and spent the rest of the night dreamy-eyed over that wink of destiny with Danny. It was near dawn when we reached our hometown, and we were starving. We headed for breakfast at Dee’s, our favorite diner, hoping our parents wouldn’t realize we never made it to our beds.
Dress up tonight, why be lonely?
You’ll stay at home and you’ll be alone
So why be lonely?
Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music
Celebrate, celebrate, dance to the music
Have any stories about your favorite band when you were 18? I frequently stayed out all night in those days…how about you?
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