Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog… An Accidental Sensation!

By Rebeka Knott

“Joy to the World” is a song best known to have been performed by the popular rock group, Three Dog Night. The band arose in 1967 during the groovy era. The song was written by Hoyt Axton, a country music singer, guitarist, song writer and actor. He had established himself in the early 1960’s with his rich, smooth and powerful voice.

The song wasn’t popular until a radio station D.J. stumbled upon it and played it on the air. Listeners went wild! The station's phone started ringing off the hook. The song had become an instant hit; spending 6 weeks as No. 1 on the U.S. Hot 100 in 1971.

Following the huge hit, the band came to embrace the frog! It became a new marketing tool. Ironically, a band called Three Dog Night, had become better known for frogs, then for dogs!