Tony Orlando

July 22nd Celebrates Tony Orlando

Who remembers Tony Orlando and Dawn?

Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis (born April 3, 1944), better known as Tony Orlando, is an American show business professional, best known as the lead singer of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the early 1970s.

He always reminded me of the newscaster Geraldo Rivera they look similar to each other if you look at both pictures of them side by side.

Orlando was discovered by producer Don Kirshner; Orlando had songs on the charts in 1961 when he was 16, “Halfway to Paradise” and “Bless You”.

Orlando then became a producer himself, and at an early age was promoted to a vice-president position at CBS Records, where he was in charge of the April-Blackwood Music division. He sang under the name “Dawn” in the 1970s, and when the songs became hits, he went on tour and the group became “Tony Orlando and Dawn”.

Orlando then continued as a solo singer, performing in Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri.

“Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree” is a song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. It was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown.

The song is told from the point of view of someone who has “done his time” but is uncertain if he will be welcomed home.

The origin of the idea of a yellow ribbon as remembrance may have been the 19th century practice that some women allegedly had of wearing a yellow ribbon in their hair to signify their devotion to a husband or sweetheart serving in the U.S. Cavalry.

The song “‘Round Her Neck She Wears a Yeller Ribbon”, which later inspired the John Wayne movie She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, is a reference to this.

The symbol of a yellow ribbon became widely known in civilian life in the 1970s as a reminder that an absent loved one, either in the military or in jail, would be welcomed home on their return.

Today’s YouTube video clip is brought to you by user name numberonesongs4444, of Tony Orlando singing that infamous song.

No entertainer can move and excite an audience like Tony Orlando. One of America’s most endearing and enduring stars, Tony and America recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his recording of Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree.

Orlando then set his sights on television which resulted in his highly rated weekly variety series on CBS. Breaking new ground, it was the first multi-ethnic variety show on television.

Orlando, of Hispanic and Greek origins, and the two girl singers Hopkins and Wilson, African Americans, were an instant hit.

Tony Orlando announced he was retiring from performing while performing with Dawn. He had not told anyone of the announcement prior to the show had quit show business on July 22nd 1977.

As we remember his legacy today we wish him a happy retirement wherever he is?

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell

J.D Mitchell Design Studio

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