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Encyclopedia > Tony Orlando and Dawn

Tony Orlando and Dawn was a pop music group that was very popular in the 1970s. Their signature hits were "Candida," "Knock Three Times," and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree." This article provides extensive lists of events and significant personalities of the 1970s. ... Candida was the first single released by Tony Orlando and Dawn, in August 1970. ... Knock Three Times was a single released by Tony Orlando and Dawn in November 1970. ... Yellow ribbon flown in 1979 by Penne Laingen when her husband, US diplomat Bruce Laingen, was held captive during the Iran hostage crisis; among the first of the modern yellow ribbons. ...


In 1970, Tony Orlando was a failed cover singer. He had two Top 40 hits in the early 1960s but he did not have any success for the rest of the decade. He stopped singing entirely, publishing music for CBS records instead. 1970 was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Tony Orlando (born April 4, 1944, New York) is an American singer, of Greek and Puerto Rican ancestry, best known for his time with the group Dawn in the early 1970s. ... The 1960s, or The Sexy Sixties, in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1960 and 1969, but the expression has taken on a wider meaning over the past twenty years. ...


Orlando discovered a song, "Candida," which he decided to pass on recording. After an insistence that he dub his voice over the male vocals in the original track, he had the single released under Dawn, so if the record did not succeed, he would not be known as the lead vocalist. The single hit #3 and Tony Orlando decided to change career tracks.


He chose singers Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson to sing with him when he recorded "Knock Three Times." In early 1971, the single hit #1. The group waited until 1973 to release their next single, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree." In terms of sales, this single was the most successful in the group's career. Telma Hopkins (born October 28, 1948) is an American singer and television actress. ... 1971 is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... 1973 was a common year starting on Monday. ...


The group released a fourth single, "Say Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose," but the sales started to drop off. In order to boost recognition among the public, CBS gave the group a variety show in the summer of 1974, after The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour ended its run. The show was in the same vein as its predecessor, and became a Top 20 hit. It ran until December 1976, but the group found it difficult to maintain their initial musical success, and they broke up shortly after. Their last hit, a remake of the Sam Cooke song "Cupid", was the group's last top forty single. 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour was a variety show which ran on CBS from August 1971 until May 1974. ... December is the twelfth and last month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days. ... 1976 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... Sam Cooke Sam Cooke (January 22, 1931 – December 11, 1964) was a popular and influential gospel, R&B, soul, and pop singer, born Samuel Cook in Clarksdale, Mississippi. ...


Albums

  • Candida (1970)
  • Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando (1971)
  • Tuneweaving (1973)
  • Dawn's New Ragtime Follies (1973)
  • Prime Time (1974)
  • Golden Ribbons (1974)
  • He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) (1975)
  • Skybird (1975)
  • To Be With You (1976)

Hit singles

  • 1971 "Candida" #3 US; #9 UK
  • 1971 "Knock Three Times" #1 US; #1 UK
  • 1971 "I Play and Sing" #25 US
  • 1971 "Summer Sand" #33 US
  • 1971 "What are You Doing Sunday" #39 US; #3 UK
  • 1973 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree" #1 US; #1 UK
  • 1973 "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose" #3 US; #12 UK (1974 release)
  • 1974 "Who's in the Strawberry Patch with Sally" #27 US; #37 UK
  • 1974 "Steppin' out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)" #7 US
  • 1975 "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)" #1 US
  • 1975 "Mornin' Beautiful" #14 US
  • 1975 "Look in My Eyes Pretty Woman" #11 US
  • 1975 "You're All I Need to Get By" #34 US
  • 1976 "Cupid" #22 US

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Tony Orlando and Dawn (1137 words)
Tony told them that his demo making days were behind him, but they persisted and he finally gave in, as long as his name wasn't used.
Tony had never even met Telma or Joyce and even forgot the name of the song he had so casually recorded.
Tony went back into the studio in New York and the girls added their parts in Los Angeles and churned out an album which also contained their second hit, "Knock Three Times".
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