April 3, 1944
New York, New York, United States
Tony Orlando (born 3 April 1944) is an American singer best known for his time with the group Dawn in the early 1970s. Born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis to a Greek father and a Puerto Rican mother, he was raised in Manhattan's then-notorious Hell's Kitchen. His best friend was Freddie Prinze (who was of Puerto Rican and German descent). Tony Orlando's musical career started with The Five Gents, a doo-wop group he formed. His first success came when he recorded the hit "Halfway To Paradise".