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The song was number one for the year, and became Orlando's theme song and grew into an American anthem of hope and return, reunion and renewal. The song is still evident today. Tony's recording of the song was featured in the hit movie Now and Then. Tony had his sights set on t.v., and it resulted in a highly rated weekly variety series on CBS. It became the first multi-ethnic variety show on television. It ran for four seasons from 1974 - 1976, and welcomed the biggest names in show business each week as Tony's guests, including his boyhood idols, Jackie Gleason and Jerry Lewis. Orlando remains one of America's bestloved personalities. He has been a recipient of three American Music Awards and a People's Choice Award. For his outstanding achievements to the entertainment industry, Tony was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990.
Tony Orlando, who was born and raised in New York City, began hitting the national charts at the age of 16 with Halfway To Paradise and Bless You as the first vocal artist to sign with Epic Records. He later routed his musical career to the non-performance side and became one of the youngest vice-presidents for CBS Records, heading their April-Blackwood music label. Through no plans of his own, Tony was persuaded into putting his voice on a demo record for a song titled Candida for his friends Hank Meddress and Dave Appell at Bell Records. The record was released under the name of the record promotion director's daughter, Dawn. Hoping lightning would strike again, Meddress had Orlando record Knock Three Times. The song not only became number one, it was the top song of 1971, selling over six million copies worldwide. In 1973, he recorded Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree.