The Beach Boys and Three Dog Night both made classic rock songs. Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys once said Three Dog Night turned down a song he wrote for them. On the other hand, Three Dog Night’s Danny Hutton has a different memory of what happened.
Brian Wilson had conflicting memories of writing any of the Beach Boys’ songs for Three Dog Night
During an interview with Goldmine in 2011, Wilson discussed the origin of “Darlin'”. “I wrote more in a soul/R&B bag,” he said. “The horns were conceived as a sort of horn thing by Phil Spector. “Darlin” was for Three Dog Night.” At the time, Three Dog Night was known as Redwood.
Subsequently, Three Dog Night rejected the song. “They picked it up and said, ‘No, you can have it,’ so I gave it to her [The Beach Boys’] Carl [Wilson] to sing,” Wilson recalled. “It took about a week to write this song.”
In a 2013 interview with Rock Cellar Magazine, Wilson discussed how he decided which member of the band sang certain songs. “I would just pick them based on the tone of their voices and the melody that would go with their voices,” he recalls. “I decided who would do the lead vocals because I was a producer on The Beach Boys.”
Afterward, Wilson seemed to contradict himself, saying “Darlin'” was composed for the Beach Boys. “Some of the songs that I wrote specifically for [The Beach Boys’] mike [Love]Karl and Al [Jardine]’ Wilson continued. “I wrote ‘Darlin’ specifically for Carl, with his voice in mind.”
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What Danny Hutton of Three Dog Night said about the song
Danny Hutton founded Three Dog Night. During an interview with Hamptons.com in 2019, Hutton opened up about his memories of Darlin’. “[Wilson] actually helped us record his song ‘Darlin’ that he just wrote,” he said.
Hutton said it was the Beach Boys’ idea that they should sing “Darlin'” instead of “Three Dog Night.” “However, when the Beach Boys came back from the tour, they weren’t happy about it, so they took our vocals off the track and added theirs,” Hutton said.
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How the Beach Boys’ “Darlin” and it’s album hit the US charts
“Darlin'” became a hit. The song peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed on the chart for a total of nine weeks.
“Darlin'” appeared on the album Wild Honey. The album peaked at number 24 on the Billboard 200 and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks. Artists such as David Cassidy and She & Him covered the track. Regardless of who it was intended for, “Darlin'” is a classic Beach Boys song.
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https://www.cheatsheet.com/entertainment/brian-wilson-said-three-dog-night-rejected-song-became-hit-the-beach-boys.html/ Brian Wilson said Three Dog Night turned down a song that became a hit for the Beach Boys