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Tony Orlando

Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis (born April 3, 1944), better known as Tony Orlando, is an Americanshow business professional, best known as the lead singer of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the early 1970s. 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". They had several songs which were major hits including "Candida", "Knock Three Times", and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree". The group hosted a variety program, "The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show" on CBS from 1974–76, and then broke up in 1978. Orlando then continued as a solo singer, performing in Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri.[1] Orlando has hosted the New York City portions of the MDA Labor Day Telethon on WWOR-TV since the 1980s but quit in 2011 in response to Jerry Lewis' firing from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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Apr 3, 1944
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie File X for Sex: The Story of the Perverted 1967-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Sandy Wexler 2017-04-14
Known For
Poster of Las Vegas
Poster of MADtv
Poster of The Cosby Show
Poster of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts
Movie Sandy Wexler Testimonial 2017-04-14
Movie That's My Boy Steve Spirou 2012-06-14
Series Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
Series MADtv Unknown 1995-10-14
Series The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Movie Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story Jose Ferrer 1982-12-08
Series Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Unknown 1980-11-18
Movie A Star Is Born Himself 1976-12-16
Series Chico and the Man Unknown 1974-09-13
Series Tony Orlando and Dawn 1974-12-04
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 1974-10-31
Movie File X for Sex: The Story of the Perverted Gay Hustler 1967-01-01