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Tony Orlando recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of his recording of “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree.”
From million-selling records (five number-one hits), a popular television variety series, movies and Broadway (Barnum and Smokey Joe’s Cafe) Tony Orlando has conquered every facet of show business.
Orlando, born and raised in New York City, began hitting the national charts at the age of 16 with “Halfway to Paradise” and “Bless You.” He later became one of the youngest vice-presidents for CBS Records and then sang on a demo record released under the name of the record promotion director’s daughter, Dawn.
In 1973, he recorded “Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree.” The song was number one for the year, became Orlando’s theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and homecoming, reunion and renewal.
A string of hits continued and Orlanda had a weekly variety series which ran for four seasons from 1974 – 1976.
Tony is a popular headliner in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Reno, Biloxi and Laughlin and has been a recipient of three American Music Awards and a People’s Choice Award. For outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990.
Since 1993, Orlando has been a resident of Branson, Missouri, where he has performed more than 2,000 shows. He also created and starred in the show “Jukebox Dreams.”. This winter Tony has a special production set to go for the Christmas season, entitled Santa & Me.”
Source: Colorado State Fair website: http://www.coloradostatefair.com/events/2014/tony-orlando(2)