|From: Three Dog Night "One"; Year: 1968; Genre: Rock|
From what I read about their version of the song, they were getting ready to record it in the studio but for some reason only the three lead vocalists and drummer Floyd Sneed were there on time. As the story goes they started practicing it a cappella with only hand claps and the drums providing a beat. Apparently they liked how it sounded and scrapped the original idea and kept most of the arrangement that way. Eventually, towards the end of the song, the entire band does join in, but only for the last 20 or so seconds. To say the least it's a very interesting take on a pop song; I really like how they performed the harmonies and switch off the lead vocals from word to word at times.
Hear the studio version on YouTube.
Here is a live performance circa '70 on YouTube.
My song pick a year ago today: Warrant - Uncle Tom's Cabin
My song pick two years ago today: Bon Jovi - Keep The Faith
My song pick three years ago today: Neil Young - Rockin' in the Free World
My song pick four years ago today: Savatage - Skull Session