July 21st, 2013
My Italian grandmother listened primarily to music sung in Italian. But before she died in the mid-70’s, she loved one American group, Tony Orlando And Dawn. Her favorite song was called Candida. They had a prime TV variety show in 1974 that replaced the Sonny And Cher Variety Hour. During their six year run, the band had four Top Ten hits and left an indelible mark on 70’s pop music. Their biggest hit, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” became a battle cry for the families of returning Vietnam vets. Whatever happened to the trio?
Head to Branson, Missouri and you’ll find the Tony Orlando Yellow Ribbon Music Theater where the New York Puerto Rican performs regularly along with his appearances in Vegas and small arenas all over the U.S. You may remember Tony was hosting the Labor Day MDA Telethons but quit in 2011 over the firing of Jerry Lewis. In addition, Tony has been doing some acting including a prominent role in Adam Sandler’s recent flop, That’s My Boy. Check out the video where he joined Jimmy Fallon on his show!
The girls in Dawn, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Wilson, have continued careers in entertainment since leaving the group. Joyce went on to replace Mary Wilson in the touring version of The Supremes and a new incarnation called Tour de 4Force with her sister. Telma Hopkins moved over to acting and was a regular on a variety of hit comedies including Gimme A Break, Family Matters, and currently stars on TBS’ Are We There Yet?
“TIE A YELLOW RIBBON ROUND THE OLD OAK TREE”
“KNOCK THREE TIMES”
“HE DON’T LOVE YOU LIKE I LOVE YOU”