Thursday, July 14, 2011

Tony Orlando - Bless You

1961 LP Bless You (US Epic BN-611)

01. Tony Orlando - Bless You
02. Tony Orlando - Dream Lover
03. Tony Orlando - I'll Never Find Another You
04. Tony Orlando - Will You Love Me Tomorrow
05. Tony Orlando - Tell Me Where To Run To
06. Tony Orlando - Some Kind Of Wonderful
07. Tony Orlando - Halfway To Paradise
08. Tony Orlando - Happy Times
09. Tony Orlando - Lonely Am I
10. Tony Orlando - The Lovin' Touch
11. Tony Orlando - Lonely Tomorrows
12. Tony Orlando - Am I The Guy

If you want to listen to the music... look up in the right column.
Als je naar de muziek wilt luisteren... kijk boven in de rechter kolom.

In conjunction with his backing duo Dawn, singer Tony Orlando was one of the biggest pop stars of the early '70s, best remembered for the mammoth hit "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree." Born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis in New York City on April 3, 1944, he entered the music business at the age of 16 following a successful audition for producer Don Kirshner. Orlando's first hit, 1961's "Halfway to Paradise," was written for him by Carole King, who also authored the Top 20 follow-up, "Bless You." However, after scoring a minor chart entry with "Happy Times (Are Here to Stay)," his career ground to a halt when Kirshner sold his company to Screen Gems, which showed considerably more interest in publishing music than recording it; Orlando was given a job with the company's promotional department, and in 1967 he was tapped by Columbia Records to head their own publishing division, April-Blackwood Music.

In early 1970, Orlando received a call from Bell Records producer Hank Medress requesting that he lay down a lead vocal over a demo recorded by a Detroit-based act called Dawn. The duo, consisting of vocalists Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent, had previously backed up singers including Edwin Starr, Johnnie Taylor, Freda Payne, and others; according to legend, Orlando never even met either singer until well after the record, "Candida," became a massive hit, rising to number three on the singles charts. Orlando quickly agreed to cut another record with Dawn, nonetheless adamantly insisting on keeping his day job; titled "Knock Three Times," the single topped the charts in early 1971, and finally he returned to music full-time, signing with Bell and going on tour with Hopkins and Vincent under the banner of Dawn, Featuring Tony Orlando.

Released in 1973, "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" became Orlando's biggest hit yet, and was named the top-selling single of the year. Long after its original success, the song re-entered the public consciousness with renewed force in 1981, becoming something of anthem during the Iranian hostage crisis as American citizens regularly tied yellow ribbons around trees as a symbol of their hopes and prayers for the hostages' safe return. By that time, Tony Orlando & Dawn had long since dissolved: after scoring subsequent Top Ten hits with 1973's "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?," 1974's "Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)," and 1975's chart-topping "He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)," the group's popularity began to slip, although they enjoyed considerable success with their CBS television variety series. However, in July 1977, Orlando -- reeling from the recent deaths of his sister and his close friend Freddie Prinze, as well as mounting drug problems -- announced his retirement, giving up show biz in the name of Christianity. (by Jason Ankeny)

3 berichten:

Patsoul said...

It's good to see you back and, as usual, with really good post. Many thanks for sharing.

twin1832 said...

Terug van weggeweest,ik ben blij dat je terug bent.Bedankt alvast voor de nieuwsbrief.
Bedankt voor Johnny Ray's Hysteria, mijn vrouw is een fan van Ray.Tot later

Patsoul said...

A classic album from the "Popcorn" dancing era.

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