Tony Orlando - The 2014Tour
Tony Orlando, the swooning sensation that first hit America in 1961, is back and packing
concert halls across the country. With a song catalogue that includes some of the most memorable and meaningful songs of the
60s and 70s, be sure to catch him at a venue near you. He'll be playing Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania before packing the Sands
Bethlehem Event Center in Bethlehem, PA for six straight days. He'll also be coming to Las Vegas, Nevada; Hampton, Virginia;
Mayetta, Kansas; East Meadow, New York; Ventura, California; Holmdel, New Jersey; and Johnstown, Colorado Tickets have sold
out months in advance - when new concert dates show up on StubHub, be sure to buy ASAP!
About Tony Orlando
Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis, Tony Orlando spent most of his early years between Manhattan, New York and Union City,
New Jersey. Orlando would make a huge mark on the music scene from a young age, with his first break-out successes coming
when he was just 16 years old. Not long after, Tony Orlando would move on to a managing role when he secured a position as
a general manager at Columbia Records.
The business world couldn't hold Tony for long, as he would eventually move back
into recording. Afraid of facing retribution for recording while simultaneously being a manager of a major record label, Tony
would refuse to use his real name and instead performed under the pseudonym 'Dawn'. His recordings were instant hits and Orlando
continued to use the moniker 'Dawn', which eventually changed into 'Dawn featuring Tony Orlando', then just 'Tony Orlando
Hot off the success of his show, Tony Orlando would get his own self named show The Tony Orlando and Dawn
Show, which would run for four seasons. Now a major musical sensation, the show would attract some of the biggest names of
the time, including Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis. Tony would take a break from singing from 1976, eventually making a comeback
on the Vegas circuit during the 1980s. By the late 90s Orlando was back in full swing, touring the country.
Tony Orlando burst onto the musical scene in 1960, with the singles "Bless You" and "Halfway to Paradise". He
went on to release a series of records including "Chills", "Shirley" and "I'll Be There" from 1961-1963. All these would chart
the top 100 and make Tony Orlando an up and coming star. They would also establish his down home country boy style that would
infect the masses as ladies everywhere would swoon to his croon.
After Tony's brief hiatus, his anonymous recordings
under pseudonym 'Dawn' would chart again with "Candida" and "Knock Three Times", with the latter hitting the #1 spot in the
charts. Finally touring as 'Tony Orlando and Dawn' and with backing singers Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, he would
continue to release classic hit after classic hit including "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" and "He Don't Love
You (Like I Love You)". Tony Orlando and Dawn would release 14 full length albums, culminating in The World of Tony Orlando
& Dawn in 1976.
Tony Orlando's stage name 'Dawn' comes was chosen to hide his identity when
he was performing in the 70s. He got the name 'Dawn' from Steve Wax, who had a daughter with the middle name Dawn. Originally,
he wanted to tour exclusively as 'Dawn' - but when he found out six other bands shared the name at the time, he chose to go
with 'Tony Orlando and Dawn'.
Orlando danced with first lady Betty Ford at the 1976 Republican Convention in Kansas
Tony would have struggles with addiction, obesity, and depression, all of which contributed to his hiatus
from music in the late 70s. When Tony overcame these issues, he celebrated with an NBC comeback special.
his own music theatre in Missouri, which would host some of the biggest acts from the 60s and 70s. He would later open a theatre
of his own to perform in, before hitting the road again to tour.
The Tony Orlando Concert Experience
somehow obtained tickets to one of the fastest selling shows in the country. You've got prime seats, front and center, right
in front of Dawn himself. Prepare to get hit with a refreshing blast from the past as Tony Orlando pulls from his extensive
catalog spanning over 50 years of singing, songwriting, and performing. With as much energy as pizzazz as when he recorded
his first hit single at the age of 16, Tony belts every beat and hits every note in what always is a show of a lifetime. After
five decades of performing in the music and entertainment industries, none have honed their craft better than Dawn himself.
Whether you fell in love with him first on The Tony Orlando Show, his first hit "Halfway to Paradise" or his later "Knock
Three Times", Tony Orlando's performance is one that you will not soon forget, and you definitely will not want to miss.