Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree Dawn and Tony Orlando
Song Title: Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Artist: Dawn and Tony Orlando
Date of release: 19th of February 1973
Description: ” Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree ” is by Dawn and Tony Orlando. The line-up consisted of Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent and Pamela Vincent.
After almost ten years of performing, Tony Orlando ( Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis ) had only three Top 40 hits. By 1970 he’d stopped singing completely. Retiring from performing he moved into publishing music for April-Blackwood Music, a division of Columbia Records.
The turning point came when Tony was offered ” Candida “, a song that had been turned down by other artists and producers. The song became a hit Worldwide, reaching the top of the charts in five countries. In the United States it reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and number nine on the UK Singles Chart.
Due to the success of the song, Tony decided to start performing again, the record company, Bell Records, were desperate to have a real-life act perform the songs. Tony asked Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent and Pamela Vincent to join him and so Dawn was born.
” Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree ” was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown. Irwin was an American songwriter who co-wrote many hit singles including the 1965 Billboard Hot 100 Chart topper, ” This Diamond Ring ” for Gary Lewis & the Playboys. He also co-wrote other songs for Dawn and successful singles for The Partridge Family and Beverly Bremers. Irwin Levine died in January 1997 at the age of 58.
L. Russell Brown is an American lyricist and composer. He is best known for working as a songwriting partnership with Irwin Levine. In addition he also co-wrote The Four Seasons’ Billboard number nine hit single ” C’mon Marianne “, and The Partridge Family song ” I Woke Up In Love This Morning ” which reached number 13 in the US in 1971. Other artists who have recorded his compositions include Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Lesley Gore, Johnny Mathis and Donny Osmond.
” Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree ” was produced by Hank Medress and Dave Appell. Mark was an American singer and record producer. In 1955 Mark became a member of the Linc-Tones, which also had Neil Sedaka ( of ” Oh! Carol ” fame ) as a member.
When Neil left they reformed under the name The Tokens. The group had a Number One in 1961 with their cover of Solomon Linda’s ” The Lion Sleeps Tonight “, a song originally written in the 1920s. He went on to produce many of Dawn and Tony Orlando’s hits and also worked with Melissa Manchester, David Johansen, Rick Springfield, Dan Hill, and Richard Simmons.
Dave Appell was an American musician, musical arranger and record producer. He began his career in the forties as an arranger for several United States Navy big bands. From there he progressed to arrange for many of the popular dance orchestras of the day, which included Benny Carter and Earl ” Fatha ” Hines. During the years of the twist and other dance crazes, Dave co-wrote with Kal Mann, ” Let’s Twist Again “, ” Bristol Stomp “, ” Mashed Potato Time ” and ” South Street “.
The song was released on the 19th of February 1973 by record label Bell ( Sony Music Entertainment ) and was taken from the Album Tuneweaving. The Album, released in 1973, also featured ” You’re A Lady ” by Peter Skellern, the English singer-songwriter. Their cover reached number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
According to The Book Of Golden Discs, compiled by Joseph Merrells, ” Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree ” was based on a true story about the homecoming of a soldier from Andersonville prison. The story was written by journalist Pete as part of a PBS-TV series ‘ The Great American Dream Machine ‘, the series appeared some months befor the song was written.
There is some confusion as to the original story that the song was based on. Some say the idea for the song came from the practice during the 19th century of women wearing a yellow ribbon in their hair to show their devotion to a husband who is serving in the U.S. Cavalry.
According to The Billboard Book Of Number One Hits by Fred Bronson, the story is about a man who served three years in prison for writing bad cheques and was returning home on a bus, ” he had written to his wife saying he would understand if she didn’t wait for him, but if she still loved him, she could let him know by tying a yellow ribbon around the old oak tree in the city square of their hometown. ”
Whatever the origin, due to the popularity of the song the practice of the yellow ribbons were used for the homecoming of the Iranian hostages after 444 days in captivity.
” Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree ” was a commercial success for Dawn and Tony Orlando. In the United States the song topped the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for four weeks. It spent 23 weeks on the chart there. It also reached the top of the Adult Contemporary Chart and the US Cash Box Top 100 Chart.
In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 10th of March 1973 and reached Number One, spending four weeks at the top. It spent 11 weeks in the top ten and a total of 40 weeks on the UK chart.
In 1973 it was the top-selling single in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 1
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (Kent Music Report) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Canada RPM 1, Denmark (Tracklisten) 9, Ireland (IRMA) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/TonyOrlandoandDawn