Born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis on April 3, 1944 in New York, Tony Orlando had his first solo hit recordings as a teenager before the 1970’s stardom of the group known as Dawn and the addition of Joyce Vincent and Thelma Hopkins.
Tony first arrived on the Hit Parade with “Halfway to Paradise,” “Bless You” and “Happy Times” in 1961 but didn’t repeat until as the lead singer of Dawn, “Candida” became a million seller landing inside the top five and “Knock Three Times” also struck gold topping the best selling charts in the early 70’s.
Dawn’s successes continued in 1973 with their multi million selling single “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree” staying on the charts for 23 consecutive weeks earning them another gold record. It was followed by “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose.” Among their more than twenty hit singles, Dawn also sold more than a million of “Steppin’ Out” in 1974 and once again landed at #1 with “He Don’t Love You, Like I Love You” in 1975.
In 1974 Tony Orlando and Dawn began a two year run with a popular variety show on CBS television. With more than a dozen albums to their credit, Tony Orlando continues to make appearances in various venues nationally.
Tony Orlando and Dawn were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Hit Parade Hall of Fame in 2011.