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Album: It Ain't EasyReleased: 1970Charted:
This was written by Randy Newman
, the son of Academy Award-winning composer Lionel Newman. It is about a party that left a "bad taste" in the writer's mouth. The drug scene was fairly new to American middle-class youth at that time.
This song has the distinction of being the very first #1 hit on the American Top 40
syndicated radio program. The show, hosted by Casey Kasem, became popular on AM radio throughout the world until its decline in the mid-1990s. This beat out The Beatles' "The Long and Winding Road
" (their last hit record before the final breakup) and Elvis Presley's "The Wonder of You" for top chart honors in early August, 1970. (thanks, Charles - Charlotte, NC, for above 2)
Newman's original version was included on his 1970 album 12 Songs. His version was only 2 minutes 12 seconds, over a minute shorter than Three Dog Night's version.
Cory Wells was the Three Dog Night band member who pushed to record this. He was a big fan of the song and played it with his previous band. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
Wilson Pickett's 1972 cover made #99 in the US.