At the age of sixteen, this child prodigy marked his presence on the ‘national charts’ with Halfway to Paradise and Bless You. The songs were produced with Epic Records, making Orlando the debut vocalist to sign up with the label. Leaving no stone unturned, this New York City native has dominated every facet of show business. This versatile artist has sold over a million records (that includes five top hits), performed in popular movies and television series. Besides music and film industry, this multifaceted luminary has also showcased his talents on Broadway with Barnum and Smokey Joe's Café.
On persuasion of his friends Hank Medress and Dave Appell, Orlando lent his voice for the song Candida. It was an unplanned project and Orlando was absolutely unaware of the fact that this demo record is going to do wonders for him. The record was titled “Dawn”, which was the name of the daughter of the record promotion director. A couple of weeks after the recording, the song transpired as a big hit. The best part about was that it escalated the charts until it went number one, giving Orlando the biggest break of his career. Hoping it will be a hit again, Hank had Tony record the song Knock Three Times. Medress’s instincts were correct; the song was labelled the ‘top song of 1971’. The number one song spawned a business of selling copies amounting to six million globally. This immensely popular song was used in the movie ‘Now and Then’.
Given the meteoric rise of his music career, Orlando decided to rise even higher. Grouping with Joyce Vincent Wilson and Telma Hopkins, pop music group ‘Tony Orlando and Dawn’ rose to stardom not only in the country but internationally as well. Wonderfully enough, Orlando hadn’t got used to his newfound stardom that he spawned another hit. Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree released in 1973 remained at the top of the charts for a whole year. Advancing as the American anthem of hope and homecoming, the hit number became Orlando’s theme song. The repertoire of his hits prevailed including ‘He Don't Love You’, ‘Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)’, ‘Mornin' Beautiful’, ‘Sweet Gypsy Rose’, ‘Who's In The Strawberry Patch With Sally’ and ‘Cupid’.
Orlando has been a resident of Branson since 1993 and has fans in over two thousand remarkable shows. Presently, The Osmond Family Theatre is home to the artist. For his continuous performances, Orlando has been named as Branson's ‘Entertainer and Vocalist of the Year’. Categorized as one of the best loved celebrities in America, Orlando has garnered a People's Choice Award and three American Music Awards. For his exceptional contributions in the industry, Orlando earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The universal appeal of this infamous artist has brought generations closer. He has played several packed arenas with enthusiastic fans cheering for him. He paints each of his shows with colors of emotions; so intense that it touches the deepest parts of the audience’s heart. Would you want to miss such a performance that is so awe-inspiring? Probably not. Purchase Tony Orlando tickets and treat yourselves to this amazing musical experience.