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Tony & Dawn Orlando

By David

The pop group Tony Orlando and Dawn [Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent] had a string of top 40 hits by 1974 including, Candida (#3), Knock Three Times (#1), Summersand (#19), What Are You Doing Sunday? (#26), Tie A Yellow Ribbon (#1), Sweet Gypsy Rose (#3), Steppin' Out Gonna Boogie Tonight (#7), and Look In My Eyes (#11).

Starting July 3, 1974, Tony Orlando and Dawn had their own primetime variety show. They continued to place hits on the charts during the series run with songs but by the TV show's third season, interest was waning and it was cancelled mid season. Shortly thereafter, tragedy struck when Tony's sister died and his best friend, Freddie Prinze of Chico and the Man, committed suicide.

To make matters worse, the affair between Tony and his Dawn partner Telma Hopkins ended. For a while even though they would perform together, they where not on speaking terms. Tony's continued drug use caused Telma and Joyce to call management for help. They where told it would be okay. However several months into a disastrous tour with bad reviews Tony collapsed on stage and was taken home for treatment. One year later Tony called a meeting with Dawn and told them he was going solo.

They didn't speak to each other for almost two years. Tony finally called them and they have remained friends since. In 1988 Tony and dawn performed a reunion tour to great reviews. The tour was so successful that the tour was originally booked for five weeks and was extended for one year.

In the end Telma left the tour to be in the ABC sitcom Family Matters. Today she stars in Half and Half. Telma was replaced on the tour by Joyce's sister Pam, who had always recorded with the group but never performed with them. The tour lasted four more years.

Joyce Vincent lost her daughter to illness at the age of 21 and is now divorced. The TV show was on in reruns but now is off but is being considered for a DVD release in the summer of 2004. In addition Tony and Dawn reunited for a PBS special to be aired in the Spring and are considering a reunion tour for summer 2004.

1970 Candida
1971 Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando
1973 Tuneweaving
1973 Dawn's New Ragtime Follies featuring Tony Orlando
1974 Prime Time
1975 He Don't Love You... Like I Love You
1975 Greatest Hits
1975 Skybird
1976 To Be With You
1998 Definitive Collection

1. Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree11. Who's in the Strawberry Patch With Sally
2. Knock Three Times12. Summer Sand
3. He Don't Love You (Like I Love You)13. What Are You Doing Sunday
4. Candida14. Skybird
5. Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose15. You're a Lady
6. Steppin' Out (I'm Gonna Boogie Tonight)16. Runaway/Happy Together
7. Look in My Eyes17. It Only Hurts When I Try to Smile
8. Pretty Woman18. Vaya con Dios
9. Mornin' Beautiful19. Carmen - Tony Orlando
10. I Play and Sing


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"I remember that Summer Sand was my favorite song for a long time and I still love it today, but that summer was one that I remember most. Boy how carefree and happy we were back then. I met the most georgous guy at the beach that year, remember summer flings folks?"


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Artist: Tony & Dawn Orlando

Formed: 1970

Broke-up: 1977

Members: Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent

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