We’re down to the last five weeks of the High School Days theme, where I’ll be featuring the five artists who spent the most time in the Top Ten over those four years.
With 36 weeks total in the Top Ten, Tony Orlando and Dawn (Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent) narrowly edged out Chicago for the #5 spot. Orlando got his start singing demo records, and Hopkins and Vincent were his backup singers. A couple of their demos (which we’ll hear today) were released as singles and were hits, and Orlando begged Hopkins and Vincent to join him on the subsequent tour to promote them. Their biggest hit during the period was “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Old Oak Tree,” which I promise I won’t play….
Their first big hit was “Knock Three Times,” which entered the Top Ten in mid-December 1970 and spent eleven weeks there, peaking at #1.
Their very first single, “Candida,” reached the Top Ten in September 1970 and spent eight weeks there, peaking at #3.
Their popularity resulted in a TV variety show, called Tony Orlando And Dawn from 1974-1976 and The Tony Orlando And Dawn Rainbow Hour in 1976-1977. It replaced Sonny & Cher’s variety show, and held to much the same formula. Maybe CBS thought people wouldn’t notice…
Tony Orlando & Dawn, your Two for Tuesday, August 1, 2017.