Almost Hits: Three Dog Night’s Danny Hutton, “Roses And Rainbows” (1965)

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Long before Danny Hutton gained universal fame with Three Dog Night, who racked up 21 great Top 40 hit singles between the years 1969 and 1975, he was busy getting his feet wet in a variety of capacities.

A short-lived stint as Daring Dan Hutton, followed by an equally brief existence as a one-man band called the Bats, tanked in terms of commercial success, but such endeavors did pique the interest of music industry insiders. Those holding the reins realized Danny was talented and motivated, and were intent on making him a star.

Composed by Danny, “Roses And Rainbows” (Hanna Barbera Records) scorched the airwaves something fierce in Los Angeles upon its release in September 1965, but stalled at the No. 73 spot on the national charts. Attired in a slick and shiny suit of orchestral arrangements, “Roses And Rainbows” plugged in as an A-list slice of happy and harmonious pop rock. Melodic to the hilt, the jubilant song, which celebrated warm and fuzzy feelings of love, truly did foster visions of roses and rainbows. Danny’s vocal performance, which is fit as a fiddle, beams with confidence and conviction.

Coinciding with the arrival of “Roses And Rainbows,” Danny auditioned for a role in a soon-to-be-filmed TV series based around four young guys playing in a rock band. He was turned down, but had he nabbed the gig he would have become a member of the Monkees. Just a little piece of trivia there!

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Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson

Beverly Paterson was born the day Ben E. King hit No. 4 with "Stand By Me" -- which is actually one of her favorite songs, especially John Lennon's version. She's contributed to Lance Monthly and Amplifier, and served as Rock Beat International's associate editor. Paterson has also published Inside Out, and Twist & Shake. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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  • Doug Ohlemeier

    How high did the song hit on the LA radio charts?
    I ask because radio stations can be fickle.
    I read how one wouldn’t play The Beach Boys’ Wouldn’t it be Nice (the A-side), but preferred the B-side, God Only Knows.

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