Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope Presents a Celebration With Stars of Comedy and Music 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)
Between 1970 and 1975, singer Tony Orlando was one of the biggest stars in the music business, thanks to such highly polished pop-R&B tunes as "Candida," "Knock Three Times" and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree," which he recorded as part of the vocal trio Tony Orlando and Dawn. The act, which featured singer and later actress Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, offered bright, sunshine-soaked and altogether safe pop music that harkened back to the safe, palatable days of Mitch Miller and "Your Hit Parade" (NBC/CBS, 1950-59), which in turn led to wholesale embracement of Orlando and Dawn and their own variety series on CBS from 1974 to 1976. But personal issues, including a struggle with substance abuse, forced Orlando to retire from music, bringing the act to an end before he resurfaced as a solo performer in the late '70s. He found little success in the recording field, but proved a capable actor in several TV-movies, as well as a popular attraction on the casino circuit. Orlando and Dawn reunited on several occasions in the 1980s and beyond, which underscored their lasting appeal as one of the more personable acts of the 1970s.