How did Three Dog Night get their name, and where did it originate?

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The name "Three Dog Night" supposedly refers to an expression meaning a night so cold that one needs to sleep while embracing three dogs. It's unclear whether the term originated with Inuit or with Indigenous Australians. An official commentary included in the CD set “Celebrate: The Three Dog Night Story, 1965-1975” stated that vocalist Danny Hutton’s girlfriend saw a documentary on TV in which the custom was explained to have originated with the latter. He is a web site that talks about the expression : "Make it a three dog nigt" http://www.danspapers.com/issue31_2006/sup4.html European Medieval cold can’t even compare to the long, long winter days and nights on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Eskimos in the Aleutian Islands sleep under fur blankets, and pile their living, breathing, heat-emitting dogs on there, too. The expression “3-dog-night” is used by Eskimos, as well as Australian Aboriginals, to conno
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