Tony Orlando - Entertainer Extraordinaire. 19 Top 40 Hits. Talks About Carole King, Clive Davis, James Taylor, Curtis Mayfield, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler And More!
Tony Orlando is one of the true giants of the entertainment business. He’s had 5 #1 singles, 19 Top 40 hits, 4 Gold albums, he’s one of Billboard’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time, one of the Top 10 biggest selling recording artists of all time, 3x winner of the American Music Awards, 2x winner of the People’s Choice Awards, host of one of the highest rated and longest running TV shows, and a big supporter of U.S. veterans.
Tony and I discuss his magnificent career and he tells some of the greatest stories about stars he has known and worked with including Carole King, James Taylor, Curtis Mayfield, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler. And of course we do a Songfest featuring some of his greatest hits including "Candida", "Knock Three Times" and "Tie A Yellow Ribbon". A true gem!
My featured song in this episode is “New York City Groove”. Spotify link here.
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In this episode Tony and I discuss:
- His work with veterans
- How his “Tie A Yellow Ribbon” has become an international symbol of hope and homecoming
- Working in music publishing for Clive Davis
- His first hit “Candida” and how he left music publishing with Clive’s blessing to follow his dream in performing
- Unforgettable stories with Carole King, James Taylor, Dawn, Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Lewis
- His radio show on WABC-AM
In the Songfest portion we feature:
“Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree”
“Knock Three Time”
“He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You)”
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“All Of The Time” is Robert’s most recent single by his band Project Grand Slam. It’s a playful, whimsical love song. It’s light and airy and exudes the happiness and joy of being in love. The reviewers agree. Melody Maker gives it 5 Stars and calls it “Pure bliss…An intimate sound with abundant melodic riches!”. Pop Icon also gives it 5 Stars and calls it “Ecstasy…One of the best all-around bands working today!”. And Mob York City says simply “Excellence…A band in full command of their powers!” Watch the video here. You can stream “All Of The Time” on Spotify, Apple, Amazon or any of the other streaming platforms. And you can download it here.
“The Shakespeare Concert” is the latest album by Robert’s band, Project Grand Slam. It’s been praised by famous musicians including Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad, Jim Peterik of the Ides Of March, Joey Dee of Peppermint Twist fame, legendary guitarist Elliott Randall, and celebrated British composer Sarah Class. The music reviewers have called it “Perfection!”, “5 Stars!”, “Thrilling!”, and “A Masterpiece!”. The album can be streamed on Spotify, Apple and all the other streaming services. You can watch the Highlight Reel HERE. And you can purchase a digital download or autographed CD of the album HERE.
“The Fall Of Winter” is Robert’s single in collaboration with legendary rocker Jim Peterik of the Ides Of March and formerly with Survivor. Also featuring renowned guitarist Elliott Randall (Steely Dan/Doobie Brothers) and keyboard ace Tony Carey (Joe Cocker/Eric Burden). “A triumph!” (The Indie Source). “Flexes Real Rock Muscle!” (Celebrity Zone). Stream it on Spotify or Apple. Watch the lyric video here. Download it here.
Robert’s “Follow Your Dream Handbook” is an Amazon #1 Bestseller. It’s a combination memoir of his unique musical journey and a step by step how-to follow and succeed at your dream. Available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.
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