Four months before songwriter Harry Nelson a.k.a. Nilsson would go Top Ten with a Fred Neil tune from the film Midnight Cowboy, Three Dog Night obtained their first gold single and initial Top 5 success with this Nilsson penned follow-up to their Top 30 debut, "Try A Little Tenderness. Nilsson had released it the year before on RCA, but certainly not like this three minute gem put together by producer great Gabriel Mekler. Jimmy Greenspoon's keyboards give way to Mike Allsup's intensifying guitar line, the Three Dog Night arrangement totally on the money. A soulful, pained vocal cascades over the manic rock music driving Harry Nilsson's philosophy home. Where labelmates Steppenwolf and The Grass Roots had specific sounds, Three Dog Night explored textures and ideas, seeking out material by Laura Nyro, Paul Williams, Hoyt Axton, arranging it, re-defining it, and bringing it to radio in a fashion that the composers would never have dreamed. Interesting that Nilsson charted higher as a performer with music by Badfinger and Fred Neil, yet Three Dog Night took his songwriting further up the charts (and sooner) than he could himself. ABC/Dunhill single #4191 clocks in at a perfect three minutes and has that magic that Gabriel Mekler poured over Janis Joplin's title track to 1969's I Got Dem Ol' Kozmic Blues Again Mama! and his work with Genya Ravan in 1974. "One" opens up both their self-titled 1969 debut (later re-titled One ) as well as the group's first "best of" collection, early 1971's Golden Bisquits, and comes towards the end of the program on 1983's The Best Of Three Dog Night.