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Tony Orlando

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Together with his backing duo Dawn, singer Tony Orlando was one of the primary pop famous actors of the first ’70s, best appreciated for the mammoth hit “Link a Yellowish Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree.” Delivered Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis in NEW YORK on Apr 3, 1944, he inserted the music business at age 16 carrying out a effective audition for manufacturer Don Kirshner. Orlando’s initial strike, 1961’s “Halfway to Heaven,” was created for him by Carole Ruler, who also authored the very best 20 follow-up, “Bless You.” Nevertheless, after scoring a chart admittance with “Content Times (Are Right here to remain),” his profession ground to some halt when Kirshner marketed his business to Display screen Gems, which demonstrated considerably more fascination with posting music than documenting it. Orlando was presented with employment with the business’s promotional section, and in 1967 he was tapped by Columbia Information to head their very own posting department, April-Blackwood Music. In early 1970, Orlando received a contact from Bell Information manufacturer Hank Medress asking for that he lay out a business lead vocal more than a demonstration recorded by way of a Detroit-based work known as Dawn. The duo, comprising vocalists Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent, got previously supported performers including Edwin Starr, Johnnie Taylor, Freda Payne, among others; according to story, Orlando never actually met either vocalist until well following the record, “Candida,” became an enormous hit, increasing to number 3 in the singles graphs. Orlando quickly decided to trim another record with Dawn, non-etheless adamantly insisting on keeping his time job; entitled “Knock 3 X”; the solo topped the graphs in early 1971, and lastly Orlando came back to music full-time, putting your signature on with Bell and taking place tour with Hopkins and Vincent beneath the banner of Dawn, Offering Tony Orlando. Released in 1973, “Connect a Yellowish Ribbon” became Orlando’s biggest strike however, and was called the top-selling one of the entire year. Long following its first success, the tune re-entered the general public awareness with renewed power in 1981, getting something of anthem through the Iranian hostage turmoil as Americans regularly tied yellowish ribbons around trees and shrubs as symbolic of their expectations and prayers for the hostages’ secure return. By that point, Tony Orlando & Dawn acquired lengthy since dissolved: after credit scoring subsequent TOP strikes with 1973’s “State, Provides Anybody Seen My Special Gypsy Rose?,” 1974’s “Steppin’ Away (Gonna Boogie Tonight),” and 1975’s chart-topping “He Don’t Like You (Like I REALLY LIKE You),” the group’s recognition began to slide, although they loved considerable success making use of their CBS tv variety series. Nevertheless, in July 1977, Orlando — reeling from your recent fatalities of his sister and his good friend Freddie Prinze, in addition to mounting drug complications — announced his pension, giving up display biz in the name of Christianity. Orlando’s pension proved short-lived, and four months later on, he produced a solo return in NEVADA; Dawn attemptedto forge on without him, but loved little success independently and finally disbanded. For the time being, Orlando authorized to the Casablanca label, but as a single performer he fared badly, scoring only 1 charting solitary, 1979’s “Sweets for My Nice.” The next year, he became a member of the solid of Broadway’s Barnum; Hopkins installed an acting profession aswell, to significant achievement. After appearing frequently within the sitcom Bosom Buddies, she became a member of the solid of Gimme a rest and, later on, the long-running Family members Issues. In 1988, Tony Orlando and Dawn briefly re-formed, and 2 yrs later — currently a staple from the Las Vegas membership circuit — he became the most recent in an extended line of superstars to open up a theater within the visitor community of Branson, Missouri, founding the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Movie theater with the guarantee to try out some 200 schedules there annually.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tony Orlando
Profession Actor, Singer
Nationality American
Spouse Francine Amormino, Elaine Orlando
Children Jenny Rose, Jon Orlando
Parents Leo Cassivitis, Ruth Estanislaw Cassavitis
Siblings Rhonda Marie
Awards People's Choice Award for Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer
Music Groups Tony Orlando and Dawn
Music Songs Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'round the Ole Oak Tree, Knock Three Times, Halfway to Paradise, Happy Times are Here to Stay, He Don't Love You, Look In My Eyes Pretty Woman, Candida, Love on Your Lips, Am I the Guy, Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose, What Are You Doing Sunday, Lonely Tomorrows, Bless You, The Lovin' Touch, At the Edge of Tears, Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally, Tell Me Where to Run to, I Can't Believe How Much I Love You, To Wait for Love, Lonely am I, Skybird, My Baby's a Stranger, Don't Let Go, Who's in Strawberry Patch With Sally, Steppin' Out, Summer Sand, Talkin' About You, Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose, You Say the Sweetest Things, Mornin' Beautiful, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, Steppin' Out
Albums Dawn's New Ragtime Follies, Hits from the 60's, Halfway to Paradise, The Loneliest, Voglio sta cu tte, Halfway to Paradise, Vol. 1, Prime Time, Halfway to Paradise, Vol. 2, Platinum & Gold Collection, Bless You & 17 Other Great Hits, The Best of Tony Orlando and Dawn, Big Hit Collection, Let's Crack a Bottle, Switch Off, Bless You, Teen Idols - Tony Orlando, Top Mega Hits, Gentleman Tunes, The Best of, Delicately Built, Easily Stop Time, New Ragtime Follies, Spring Caper, A Mans World, Leisure Time, Beautiful Dreamer, Broken Colour, Take A Stroll, Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree, Best Of The Early Years, Favourite Dish, Happy Hours, The Lp Library, Hits To Have A Night Out, Black Or White, Over The Top Hits, Dream Lover, Bless You & 11 Other Great Hits: Rarity Music Pop, Vol. 186, The Very Best Of (Volume 1), Blowball, My Baby's a Stranger, Between, Confectioner's, Be With Me, Am I The Guy, Hit It, Chills, Hunting For Good, Days To Come, Dateline Rome, Man At His Leisure
Movies That's My Boy, Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story, Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau, A Star Is Born, Waking Up in Reno, Three Hundred Miles for Stephanie, Straight from the Heart: Vol. 1
TV Shows Tony Orlando and Dawn


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1 Friends with Freddie Prinze.
2 Longtime friend of Dick Clark, since 1961.
3 He lost a large amount of weight in the early nineteen seventies.
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6385 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
5 In 1970, he was presented with a demo of the song "Candida," which had a weak lead vocal on it and was turned down by Bell Records. Asked to re-record the demo, he balked at first but finally agreed only if they didn't use his name. The name Dawn was created (name of an agent's daughter) to promote the song. Joyce Vincent Wilson and Telma Hopkins were hired to provide additional backup vocals. The song was picked up and, within eight weeks, had climbed the Billboard charts. Subsequently, the rights to the name Dawn were bought (other fake groups were trying to steal the name and cash in on the fame). An album was released in November 1970 by the trio (they didn't meet until after its release), which also included "Knock Three Times" (the song sold a million copies in its first month). The rest was history.
6 In 1990, he bought a theater in Branson, Missouri, naming it Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theater and provided retro kitsch by reuniting for a time with former Dawn members Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson and going on the road. His theater went bankrupt in 1999, but he continues to tour as a solo artist.
7 Grew up in Hell's Kitchen, which was, at one time, the worst slum in New York City.
8 In 1963, he was employed at April-Blackwood Music and rose to general manager within a few years.
9 By 1973 the group Dawn was the second biggest seller of singles in America without the benefit of a major concert tour or appearance on a TV show. Their very first live appearance was at Carnegie Hall...after they had already sold nine million records.
10 A problems with drugs, coupled with the deaths of his sister and comedian/pal Freddie Prinze, led to a major emotional breakdown in 1977. He left the group "Tony Orlando and Dawn" shortly after.
11 Cutting his first song at 16 (it was a minor hit). In 1961 at the age of 17, he had consecutive top 40 hits, co-authored by Carol King, "Halfway To Paradise" and "Bless You". They were followed up by "I Can't Stop Talkin' About You" and "The Edge Of Tears".
12 A resident of Branson, Missouri since 1993.
13 The group was offered their own summer variety TV series in 1974 and it clicked with audiences. Their Sonny & Cher-styled show, which mixed song and dance with light slapstick comedy, lasted two seasons from 1974 to 1976.
14 Did a very energetic performance at the "One Less Tear" cancer benefit in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday July 24, 2002.
15 Scored three No. 1 songs on Billboard magazine's Hot 100 charts -- "Knock Three Times" (three weeks, 1971); "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" (four weeks, 1973); and "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)" (three weeks, 1975). Also, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree" was Billboard's Hot 100 No. 1 song of 1973.
16 He is the lead singer of Tony Orlando and Dawn.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Apprentice 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Huckabee 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live 2005 TV Special documentary performer: "Candida" - uncredited
Walking Tall 2004 performer: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree"
A Guy Thing 2003 performer: "Knock Three Times"
Waking Up in Reno 2002 performer: "Knock Three Times"
The One 2001 performer: "Knock Three Times"
Ed 2000 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Now and Then 1995 performer: "Knock Three Times"
The Experts 1989 performer: "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Old Oak Tree"
All the Right Moves 1983 performer: "Easy Street"
RCA's Opening Night 1973 TV Movie performer: "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree", "Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?" - uncredited
The Good Life 1971 TV Series "The Good Life"

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
That's My Boy 2012 Steve Spirou
Oswald 2001-2003 TV Series Sammy Starfish
The Kingdom Chums: Original Top Ten 1990 Video Christopher (voice)
The Cosby Show 1985 TV Series Tony Castillo
Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story 1982 TV Movie Jose Ferrer
300 Miles for Stephanie 1981 TV Movie Alberto Rodriguez
Chico and the Man 1976 TV Series Tomas Garcia

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
300 Miles for Stephanie 1981 TV Movie executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Walt Before Mickey 2015 special thanks
The Road Killers 2014 Short grateful acknowledgment

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The New Hollywood Squares 1987 TV Series Guest Appearance
America Votes the #1 Song 1986 TV Movie Himself - Host
Salute to Lady Liberty 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself
On Stage America 1984 TV Series Himself
Live from Her Majesty's 1983 TV Series Himself
Lynda Carter: Street Life 1982 TV Movie Himself
Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters 1981 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special 1981 TV Movie Himself
All-Star Celebration Opening the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum 1981 TV Movie Himself
The Merv Griffin Show 1981 TV Series Himself - Guest
Marie 1980 TV Series Himself
The Mike Douglas Show 1973-1980 TV Series Himself - Vocalist / Himself - Co-Host / Himself
Live Wednesday 1978 TV Series Himself
Happy Birthday, Bob 1978 TV Special Himself
The 5th Annual American Music Awards 1978 TV Special Himself
The Jim Nabors Show 1978 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1977 TV Series Himself
American Bandstand's 25th Anniversary 1977 TV Special Himself
Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974-1976 TV Series Himself
A Star Is Born 1976 Himself
Johnny Cash Christmas Special 1976 TV Movie Himself
The Second Annual Rock Music Awards 1976 TV Special Himself
Dinah! 1975-1976 TV Series Himself
Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dean Martin 1976 TV Special Himself
The 2nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1976 TV Special Himself - Winner: Favourite All-Around Male Entertainer
The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Muhammad Ali 1976 TV Special Himself
The Sonny and Cher Show 1976 TV Series Himself / Various Characters
Friars Club Tribute to Gene Kelly 1976 TV Movie Himself - Performer
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Himself
The 17th Annual Grammy Awards 1975 TV Special Himself
The Carol Burnett Show 1975 TV Series Himself
New American Bandstand 1965 1961-1974 TV Series Himself
The 16th Annual Grammy Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
American Music Awards 1974 TV Special Himself
Top of the Pops 1973 TV Series Himself
The Two Ronnies 1973 TV Series Himself / Performer
It's Lulu 1973 TV Series Himself
RCA's Opening Night 1973 TV Movie Himself
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1962-1964 TV Series Himself
Juke Box Jury 1962 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Robert Shields: My Life as a Robot Documentary post-production Himself
Fox and Friends 2016 TV Series Himself
The Great Pretenders 2015 Documentary Himself
The Apprentice 2015 TV Series Himself - Performer
Telethon 2014 Documentary Himself
Huckabee 2010-2014 TV Series Himself - Musical Guest / Himself
Criss Angel Believe 2013 TV Series Himself
Today 2012 TV Series Himself
Gilley's Place 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2011 TV Series Himself
The 37th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 2010 TV Special Himself
Larry the Cable Guy's Hula-Palooza Christmas Luau 2009 TV Movie Himself / Cabana Boy / Lil Tony / ...
Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza 2008 TV Special Himself / Mobster #1
Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon 2002-2008 TV Series Himself - Host / Himself / Himself - Co-Host
Pioneers of Television 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Larry the Cable Guy's Christmas Spectacular 2007 TV Movie Himself
This Week 2006 TV Series Himself
In the Cutz 2006 TV Series Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2006 TV Series Himself
TV Land's Top Ten 2004-2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2005 TV Series Himself
74th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 2005 TV Special Himself
Las Vegas 2005 TV Series Himself
Praise the Lord 2004 TV Series Himself
Straight from the Heart: Timeless Music of the 60's & 70's 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 2nd Annual TV Land Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Waking Up in Reno 2002 Himself
The Definitive Elvis: Elvis and Priscilla 2002 Video documentary Himself
Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards 1999 TV Special Himself
Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
Behind the Music 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Osmond Family Values 1997 TV Movie documentary
MADtv 1996 TV Series Himself
John & Leeza from Hollywood 1993 TV Series Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1992 TV Series Himself
Yellow Ribbon Party 1991 TV Special Himself
All-Star Salute to Our Troops 1991 TV Movie Himself
Hee Haw 1991 TV Series Himself
The Joan Rivers Show 1989 TV Series Himself
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour 1989 TV Series Himself
It's Garry Shandling's Show. 1989 TV Series Himself
The 16th Annual American Music Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Lou Rawls Parade of Stars 1981-1988 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Room 101 1995 TV Series Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Recording Awarded on March 21, 1990 at 6385 Hollywood Blvd.
1976 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite All-Around Male Entertainer Tied with Bob Hope


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