Tony Orlando

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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.

MOVIE CREDITS:
1981: Alberto Rodriguez - 300 Miles for Stephanie
2005: Himself - Tony Orlando & Dawn: The Ultimate Collection
1982: Jose Ferrer - Rosie: The Rosemary Clooney Story
1976: Himself - A Star Is Born
2012: Steve Spirou - That's My Boy
2017: Testimonial - Sandy Wexler

TV CREDITS:
1974: Tony Orlando and Dawn
1984: The Cosby Show
1974: Chico and the Man
2003: Las Vegas
1995: MADtv
1980: Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters
1974: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts