"Pieces of April," Three Dog Night
As what's left April turns to May, now would be a pretty good time to present a clip of Three Dog Night performing "Pieces of April" as my Music Video Of the Week.
"Pieces of April" was written by Dave Loggins, Kenny's second cousin, about memories of a springtime romance. Three Dog Night, who were famous for doing material from an array of outside sources, included it on their 1972 album, Seven Separate Fools. Released as a single, Three Dog Night's version of "Pieces of April" would reach number nineteen on the Billboard singles chart at the end of 1972. This clip is from a 1975 Three Dog Night television appearance, with Chuck Negron on lead vocals. If you thought this song was called "Morning In May" - a lyric seemingly repeated more often than the song's actual title - well, you can be forgiven for that. :-)
Dave Loggins is best known for his 1974 hit as a performer, "Please Come To Boston," but number-one fans of the man from Tennessee (he's from Mountain City; Kenny came from Everett, Washington) will know that he has written songs for some of Nashville's biggest stars - Tanya Tucker, Restless Heart, Wynonna Judd, Reba McEntire, Gary Morris, Alabama, Toby Keith, and Don Williams, among others. Loggins would eventually release his own version of "Pieces of April" in 1979, and with all due respect to Three Dog Night fans, Loggins' version is the definitive one; after all, it's his song. You can access it here.
That's not to say the Three Dog Night version isn't good; heck, I wouldn't be featuring it here if I didn't think it was good. So enjoy. And give yourself a chance to listen to Dave Loggins's version, too. :-)