Tony Orlando’s Christmas Show at The Orleans

Dec 18, 2001 2:29 AM

Tony Orlando, one of America’s most endearing entertainers, comes to the Orleans Thursday through Sunday at 7 p.m. For ticket information, call (702) 365-7075.

Tony Orlando has done it all: Five No. 1 Billboard hits, a smash television series, roles on Broadway, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, American Music Awards, and the People’s Choice Award for Entertainer of the Year.

Orlando first hit the charts at the age of sixteen with his Halfway to Paradise and Bless You. With the musical British invasion, Tony routed his career to the non-performance side and became one of the youngest vice-presidents for CBS Records.

But it was not meant for Orlando to spend life behind a desk. Friend and record producer Hank Medress asked Tony to put his voice on a record titled Candida. So as not to have a problem with his bosses at CBS, Tony sang under the title of DAWN. The record soon climbed to No. 1.

Hoping lightening would strike twice, Tony recorded Knock Three Times, again under the name DAWN. The song became the No. 1 song of 1971.

Realizing it was probably safe to give up his job at CBS, Tony  recruited Thelma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson and together they became  Tony Orlando and Dawn.

In 1973, Tony recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon ”˜Round the Ole Oak Tree. The song became No. 1 song of the year, and grew to become an American anthem of homecoming. A string of hits followed, including Sweet Gypsy Rose and Mornin Beautiful.

Tony then set his sights on television with his highly rated variety show on CBS. The show ran for four seasons.

Today, Tony remains one of the most in-demand entertainers in the country.