The nationwide impact of Los Angeles outfit Three Dog Night was by no means instant. Formed in 1967, they didn't release their debut, self-titled album until late the following year, on 16 October, 1968, and had to wait three months to see it on the Billboard chart. But that was all part of the groundwork for a hugely successful run at the top from the late '60s until the mid-'70s.
The first single from the album, 'Nobody,' failed to reach the Hot 100, while the second, a version of the much-covered 'Try A Little Tenderness,' went to No. 29. That was four places below the 1967 peak of what, for many, was the definitive cover of the song, by Otis Redding.
But it was the third single from Three Dog Night that really announced their arrival. 'One,' written by Harry Nilsson, had been released by the emerging singer-songwriter himself in 1968, when it was also cut by Al Kooper for his debut album. But the TDN version raced into the US charts and climbed to No. 5, winning gold certification as the first of what would be 11 top ten hits over the next five years.
The LP responded with a 62-week chart span in which it went to No. 11 and went gold the following August. In 2008, it turned to platinum, the band's one such certification amid a remarkable sequence of 11 gold albums.