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"Never Been to Spain" is a song written by Hoyt Axton[1], originally released on his 1971 LP Joy to the World and later that year performed by Three Dog Night, with Cory Wells on lead vocal.[2] It was featured on their 1971 album, Harmony.[3] The song was produced by Richard Podolor.[4] In the US, "Never Been to Spain" peaked at #5 on the Billboard chart, and #18 on the U.S. adult contemporary chart in 1972.[5] Outside of the US, "Never Been to Spain" reached #3 in Canada[6] and #34 in Australia.

"Never Been to Spain"
Never Been to Spain - Three Dog Night.jpg
Single by Three Dog Night
from the album Harmony
B-side"Peace of Mind"
ReleasedJanuary 1972
LabelDunhill 4299
Songwriter(s)Hoyt Axton
Producer(s)Richard Podolor
Three Dog Night singles chronology
"An Old Fashioned Love Song"
"Never Been to Spain"
"The Family of Man"

The lyrics consist of the narrator ruminating on places that he has never visited, but feels that he has some proxy experience of, via the music or other features of those places, or from having gone to similar locations. In the final verse, he observes that while he has "never been to heaven," he has "been to Oklahoma," where he was told he was born, thus implying a kinship between the two places. Hoyt Axton explained that he originally wrote, " Oklahoma, born in a coma...." However, it was considered inappropriate; thus, the lyrics were changed to "not Arizona."


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  1. ^ "Hoyt Axton, Singer, Character Actor and Hit Songwriter, Dies". 1999-10-27. Retrieved 2016-10-04.
  2. ^ Associated Press. "Cory Wells, vocalist with Three Dog Night, dies at 74". The Washington Post. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  3. ^ Three Dog Night, Harmony, Retrieved February 7, 2015
  4. ^ Three Dog Night, "Never Been to Spain" single release, Retrieved February 7, 2015
  5. ^ Three Dog Night, "Never Been to Spain" U.S. Chart Positions Retrieved February 7, 2015
  6. ^ Three Dog Night, "Never Been to Spain" Canada Chart Position Retrieved February 7, 2015
  7. ^ Three Dog Night, "Never Been to Spain" Canada Chart Position Retrieved February 7, 2015
  8. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 24 April 1972
  9. ^ Joel Whitburn's Top Pop Singles 1955-1990 - ISBN 0-89820-089-X
  10. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1993). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961–1993. Record Research. p. 240.
  11. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, February 19, 1972
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  13. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 30, 1972
  14. ^ Ronnie Sessions, "Never Been to Spain" Chart Position Retrieved February 7, 2015

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