It’s a fairly clear memory from high school. Someone asked who my favorite singer/band was, and I made the mistake of telling the truth. Let’s just say that for the next few days, many people were questioning my taste in music.
But I couldn’t have been the only one that liked this group.
They were one of the hottest bands going in the early to mid-70s, with several top hits, and their own TV show. CBS gave the group a television variety show from the summer of 1974, after The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour ended its run, until December 1976. The show was in the same vein as its predecessor (with sketches featuring sarcastic back-and-forth banter between the three members of the band, similar to the sarcastic dialogue between Sonny and Cher) and became a Top 20 hit.
Have you guessed who it is?
Yep. Tony Orlando and Dawn, with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson the two women who made up Dawn.
Their signature hits include “Candida”, “Knock Three Times”, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree”, “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose”, and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)”.
The group parted ways in 1977, but reunited in 1988 for a five-week tour that wound up lasting into 1993.
The group was inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2008.
Tony Orlando and Dawn occasionally reunite for television and benefit performances. The group reunited in 2015 for the sold-out “Tony Orlando and Dawn: To Be with You Again” tour and appeared at Chiller Theatre in Parsippany, NJ, and again for a successful Christmas tour in late-2018.
I liked both their music and their TV show. The music always seemed upbeat, and I thought their show had lots of funny moments.
Here are three of my favorite Tony Orlando and Dawn songs, from 1971, 1973, and 1975. It’s fun to watch how their looks changed over the years.
Despite not finding many like-minded fans back in high school, I stuck to my guns and never renounced them.
Who would have known I’d be writing about them 45 years later…
*image from Primtetimer