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Tony Orlando

Tony Orlando (born 3 April 1944) is an American singer best known for his time with the group Dawn in the early 1970s. April 3 is the 93rd day of the year (94th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 272 days remaining. ... 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ...


Born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis to a Greek father and a Puerto Rican mother, he was raised in Manhattan's then-notorious Hell's Kitchen. The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Ninth Avenue looking north toward Time Warner Center and Hearst Tower Hells Kitchen, also known as Clinton and Midtown West, is a neighborhood of Manhattan that includes roughly the area between 34th Street and 57th Street, from 8th Avenue to the Hudson River. ...


Tony Orlando's musical career started with The Five Gents, a doo-wop group he formed. His first success came when he recorded the hits Bless You and Halfway To Paradise. After becoming general manager at Columbia Records, he was tempted back to a recording career when he was asked to record a demo record of Candida. The label liked the demo so much that Tony's performance was released, under the band name “Dawn” (named after a record executive's daughter). Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ... Look up Bless you in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Candida was the first single released by Tony Orlando and Dawn, in August 1970. ... Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. ...


Joining Tony were Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, and the trio scored a string of #1 hits with Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree, Knock Three Times, and He Don't Love You (Like I Love You). With a successful recording career, Orlando then set his sights on television which resulted in his highly rated weekly variety series Tony Orlando and Dawn Rainbow Hour on CBS. Breaking new ground, it was television's first multi-ethnic variety show. Orlando (of Hispanic and Greek origins) and Hopkins and Wilson (African Americans) were an instant hit. The show, which ran for four seasons from 1974 to 1976, welcomed the biggest names in show business each week as Tony's guests, including his boyhood idols, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis. Telma Hopkins (born October 28, 1948) is an American singer and television actress. ... Joyce Vincent Wilson is an American singer most famous for being one-third of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn. ... Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree was a popular song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. ... Knock Three Times was a single released by Tony Orlando and Dawn in November 1970. ... CBS is one of the largest radio and television networks in the United States. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ... African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Herbert John Jackie Gleason (February 26, 1916 - June 24, 1987) was American comedian and actor. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

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Albums

1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ...

Solo hit singles

  • Halfway To Paradise (1961) US #39
  • Bless You (1961) US #15
  • Happy Times (Are Here To Stay) (1961) US #82
  • Sweets For My Sweet (1979) US #54

Orlando also recorded with the studio group Wind in 1969 and had a #28 hit that year with Make Believe.


Tony Orlando in popular culture

During the "Marge on the Lam" episode of the animated series The Simpsons, recurring character Troy McClure, while emceeing a public television marathon, opens with a version of his familiar catchphrase by stating: "Hi, I'm Troy McClure. You might remember me from such telethons as Out with Gout '88 and Let's Save Tony Orlando's House. Marge on the Lam is the sixth episode of The Simpsons fifth season. ... Simpsons redirects here. ... A recurring character is a fictional character, usually in a prime time TV series, who is not a main character, but appears from time to time during the series run. ... Troy McClure is a fictional character in the television cartoon series The Simpsons, voiced by Phil Hartman. ... A Master of Ceremonies or MC (sometimes spelled emcee), sometimes called a compere or an MJ for microphone jockey, is the host of an official public or private staged event or other performance. ... A catch phrase is a phrase or expression that is popularized, usually through repeated use, by a real person or fictional character. ... Troy McClure is a fictional character in the television cartoon series The Simpsons, voiced by Phil Hartman. ... The 2005 Telethon on Seven Perth. ...


Let's Save Tony Orlando's House later inspired the title of a song by the Hoboken, New Jersey, indie rock band, Yo La Tengo, which was released on the band's 2000 album And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out. Map of New Jersey highlighting Hoboken Image of Hoboken taken by NASA (red line shows where Hoboken is). ... Indie rock is a term used to refer to rock music that falls within the indie music movement. ... Yo La Tengo is an American indie rock band, based in Hoboken, New Jersey. ... And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out is a 2000 album by Yo La Tengo, an indie rock music group from Hoboken, New Jersey, U.S. [edit] Track listing Everyday - 6:31 Our Way To Fall - 4:18 Saturday - 4:18 Lets Save Tony Orlandos House - 4:59...


In the Sports Night episode "The Head Coach, Dinner and the Morning Mail," anchor Dan Rydell of Sports Night (the fictional show-within-a-show) is supposed to give the audience a piece of trivia about Troy Aikman for the show's "You Should Know" segment but, when nothing shows up on his teleprompter, he improvs a piece of trivia about Tony Orlando. He claims that Tony Orlando is neither Italian nor Latin, as one might assume, but that he actually hails from Greece. After the show is over, he admits that he was making it up off the top of his head and had no idea if it was true or not. His "improv" is partially correct, as Tony Orlando is of Greek descent. This article is about the American television series. ... Troy Kenneth Aikman (born November 21, 1966 in West Covina, California, USA) is a former American football quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, and currently a television sportscaster for the Fox network. ...


See also

list of famous Puerto Ricans in alphabetical order by last names, where applicable. ...

External links

  • [1] Radio Transcript of Tony Orlando, December 2002
  • [2] Interviews & Articles
  • [3] Friends-of-Toad
  • [4] Bio of Tony Orlando
  • [5] Classicbands.com
  • [6] Official web site

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Tony Orlando - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (277 words)
Tony Orlando (born April 3, 1944) is an American singer best known for his time with the group Dawn in the early 1970s.
Born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis, to a Greek father and a Puerto Rican mother, he was raised in New York City's notorious "Hell's Kitchen" in Manhattan.
Joining Tony were Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, and the trio scored a string of #1 hits with "Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree," "Knock Three Times," and "Candida".
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