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The Legendary Tony Orlando 'Up Close And Personal' Exclusive Interview!

Tony Orlando Exclusive on Interviewing the Legends with Ray Shasho!

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Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Interviewing the Legends I’m your host Ray Shasho.

BIO: Legendary recording artist and ground-breaking entertainer Tony Orlando got an early start in show business, reaching national charts at the age of 16 with his recordings of “Halfway to Paradise” and “Bless You.” Orlando became the first vocal artist to sign with Epic Records. The young entertainer continued to set records, eventually becoming one of the youngest vice presidents in the history of CBS Records. After agreeing to record a demo record for a song called “Candida the song became a surprise hit, launching Orlando into the spotlight. Tony Orlando continued producing hit songs, releasing the #1 single “Knock Three Times” in 1971. The single became the top song of 1971, selling over six million copies worldwide. In 1973, Orlando recorded perhaps his most famous song, “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree.” The hit stayed at #1 for a year and soon became an anthem of hope and renewal for American veterans from the Vietnam War to Desert Storm.

By 1974, Tony Orlando had developed his very own variety show. Led by Orlando himself along with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, the show was the first multi-ethnic variety show on television, running for four seasons.

Orlando’s career spans over 60 years. Tony currently has a radio show called Saturday Nights with Tony Orlando – Tony spins the greatest hits from the 60s, 70s and beyond every Saturday from 10pm to midnight ET on WABC radio. Tony also spotlights interviews with music legends and celebrities. 

PLEASE WELCOME LEGENDARY SINGER, SONGWRITER, PRODUCER, MUSIC EXEC, ACTOR, AUTHOR, RADIO DEEJAY, TONY ORLANDO TO INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS …

 

It’s Saturday Nights with Tony Orlando–

Tony spins the greatest hits from the 60s, 70s and beyond every Saturday from 10pm to midnight ET. 

on WABC RADIO

www.wabcmusicradio.com

 

UPCOMING SHOWS 2023

MAY 13

 An Unforgettable Evening of Icons

feat. Wayne Newton & Tony Orlando

Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana

Gary, IN, USA

Tony Orlando

June 18 & 19

Garden Rocks concerts

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

America Gardens Theatre in the American Adventure Pavilion

AUG 04

Tony Orlando

Showroom at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa - Complex

Las Vegas, NV, USA

AUG 05

Tony Orlando

Showroom at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa - Complex

Las Vegas, NV, USA

AUG 06

Tony Orlando

Showroom at South Point Hotel Casino & Spa - Complex

Las Vegas, NV, USA

AUG 15

Tony Orlando Live in Concert

The Avalon Ballroom At Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort

September 12th

Tony Orlando Live in Concert

Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

 

 

PURCHASE

“TIMELESS: THE BIG HITS” ALBUM

By TONY ORLANDO

At

https://smarturl.it/inss79

and amazon.com

Tony Orlando kicks off his sixth decade in music and entertainment with a series of new projects, including the release of “Timeless: The Big Hits” (via Time Life).

 “Timeless: The Big Hits” features re-recorded versions of his million-selling songs as well as a bonus track, “America Is My Hometown.” The heartfelt song was co-written by Orlando with multi–GRAMMY Award winner Michael Omartian, who also produced it.

Also 

Tony Orlando’s Autobiography

Halfway to Paradise

by Tony Orlando (Author) and Patsi Bale Cox (Author)

Tony has written an autobiography as warm and heartfelt as his songs. Halfway to Paradise is rich with stories from the music world-from doo wop to the disco era, from early recording with Gerry Goffin and Carole King to recent concerts in Branson, Missouri and across the United States. It's also full of behind-the-scenes detail of how it felt to be at the top of the entertainment heap-with his #1-rated CBS show, Tony's life in front of and behind the camera was grand, but sometimes not all it seemed. Orlando succumbed to one of the familiar antidotes to the pressures of a big life: drug use, with its predictable toll on family and friendships. And even as his career was soaring, he was unable to save his best friend Freddie Prinze from a fatal downward spiral.

With a return to roots-and to the close-knit family that has always sustained him-Tony restored the order and creativity that have allowed him to thrive through four decades of exuberant entertaining. Halfway to Paradise is a wise, funny and spirited life story, and a must-read memoir for fans.

available at amazon.com

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

ABOUT

TONY ORLANDO

VISIT

www.tonyorlando.com

official website

www.facebook.com/OfficialTonyOrlando

Facebook

https://twitter.com/TonyOrlando

Twitter

www.instagram.com/officialtonyorlando

Instagram

https://music.youtube.com/channel/UCXYgkzCQz80gxd0Zeiaws8Q

YouTube

www.wabcmusicradio.com/show/saturday-nights-tony-orlando

ABC RADIO

https://www.wabcmusicradio.com/podcast/saturday-nights-tony-orlando/

It’s Saturday Nights with Tony Orlando– Tony spins the greatest hits from the 60s, 70s and beyond every Saturday from 10pm to midnight ET.  

www.wabcmusicradio.com

 

TONY ORLANDO

Discography

Albums

Bless You and 11 Other Great Hits (1961)

Make Believe (1969) (with 'Wind')

Before Dawn (1973)

Tony Orlando (1978)

I Got Rhythm (1979)

Livin' for the Music (1980)

Halfway to Paradise: The Complete Epic Masters 1961–1964 (2006)

Bless You (2014)

 

Solo singles

"Halfway to Paradise" (1961)

"Bless You" (1961)

"Happy Times (Are Here To Stay)" (1961)

"Chills" (1962)

"At the Edge of Tears" (1962)

"Shirley" (1963) US

"I'll Be There" (1963)

"What Am I Gonna Do" (1963)

"Tell Me What Can I Do" (1964)

"To Wait For Love" (1964)

"I Was A Boy" (1969)

"Make Believe" (1969)

"I'll Hold Out My Hand" (1969)

"Don't Let Go" (1978)

"Sweets For My Sweet" (1979)

 

With Tony Orlando and Dawn

Candida (1970)

Dawn Featuring Tony Orlando (1971)

Tuneweaving (1973)

Dawn's New Ragtime Follies (1973)

Prime Time (1974)

He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) (1975)

Skybird (1975)

To Be With You (1976)

Christmas Reunion (2005)

 

 

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  • Tony Orlando interview
  • Tony Orlando and Dawn
  • Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
  • Knock Three Times
  • Candida
  • Jerry Lewis
  • Jackie Gleason
  • Freddie Prinze
  • Ray Shasho
  • Interviewing the Legends
  • The Rock Star Chronicles
Show notes

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The Zoom interview can be seen at www.youtube.com/c/InterviewingtheLegends in its entirety.

 

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