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Tony Orlando Songs
- “Knock Three Times”
- “Love On Your Lips”
- “Lonely Tomorrows”
- “What Are You Doing Sunday”
- “Look In My Eyes Pretty Woman”
Tony Orlando Bio
In conjunction with his backing duo Dawn, singer Tony Orlando was one of the biggest pop stars of the early ’70s, best remembered for the mammoth hit “Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree.” Born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis in New York City on April 3, 1944, he entered the music business at the age of 16 following a successful audition for producer Don Kirshner. Orlando’s first hit, 1961’s “Halfway to Paradise,” was written for him by Carole King, who also authored the Top 20 follow-up, “Bless You.” However, after scoring a minor chart entry with “Happy Times (Are Here to Stay),” his career ground to a halt when Kirshner sold his company to Screen Gems, which showed considerably more interest in publishing music than recording it.
In early 1970, Orlando received a call from Bell Records producer Hank Medress requesting that he lay down a lead vocal over a demo recorded by a Detroit-based act called Dawn. The duo, consisting of vocalists Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent, had previously backed up singers including Edwin Starr, Johnnie Taylor, Freda Payne, and others; according to legend, Orlando never even met either singer until well after the record, “Candida,” became a massive hit, rising to number three on the singles charts. Orlando quickly agreed to cut another record with Dawn, nonetheless adamantly insisting on keeping his day job; titled “Knock Three Times”; the single topped the charts in early 1971, and finally Orlando returned to music full-time, signing with Bell and going on tour with Hopkins and Vincent under the banner of Dawn, Featuring Tony Orlando.
Released in 1973, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” became Orlando’s biggest hit yet, and was named the top-selling single of the year. Long after its original success, the song re-entered the public consciousness with renewed force in 1981, becoming something of anthem during the Iranian hostage crisis as American citizens regularly tied yellow ribbons around trees as a symbol of their hopes and prayers for the hostages’ safe return.
After appearing regularly on the sitcom Bosom Buddies, he joined the cast of Gimme a Break and, later, the long-running Family Matters. In 1988, Tony Orlando and Dawn briefly re-formed, and two years later — already a staple of the Las Vegas club circuit — he became the latest in a long line of celebrities to open a theater in the tourist community of Branson, Missouri, founding the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theater.
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