Nostalgic Summertime Songs From The 1970s

“Mama Told Me Not To Come” – Three Dog Night

Three Dog Night
GAB Archive/Redferns
GAB Archive/Redferns

Three Dog Night’s “Mama Told Me Not To Come” was originally written by singer-songwriter Randy Newman for Eric Burdon’s solo album in 1966. But once the cover group got their hands on the record and put their own flair into it in March 1970, the song quickly became No. 1 on the US Pop Singles chart.

It was also the first No. 1 song played on American Top 40 with Casey Kasem on July 4, 1970. The introduction of Jimmy Greenspoon’s electric piano and the band’s use of 3/4 by 2/4 really gave it that groovy summertime feel.