Knock Three Times: The Hit Song by Tony Orlando and Dawn
\"Knock Three Times\" is a catchy pop song that was released in 1970 by a group called Dawn, which consisted of Tony Orlando, Toni Wine, and Linda November. The song was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown, who were inspired by the idea of living in a tenement and communicating with a neighbor through the ceiling or the pipe. The song tells the story of a man who falls in love with a woman who lives below him and asks her to knock three times on the ceiling if she wants him or twice on the pipe if she doesn't.
The song was a huge success, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in January 1971 and selling six million copies worldwide. It also topped the charts in several other countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK. The song was later included in the album Candida, which also featured another hit single, \"Candida\".
\"Knock Three Times\" has been featured in several movies and TV shows, such as Now and Then, That '70s Show, The Simpsons, and Family Guy. It has also been covered by many artists, such as Billy \"Crash\" Craddock, who had a No. 3 country hit with his version in 1971. The song has also inspired some parodies, such as \"Tap Three Times\", which mocked the sex scandal of US Senator Larry Craig in 2007.
\"Knock Three Times\" is one of the most memorable songs of the early '70s and a classic example of bubblegum pop. It showcases the vocal talents of Tony Orlando and his female backup singers, who later became known as Dawn with Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson. The song is still popular today and often played on oldies radio stations.
Later history [ edit]
In 1973, Tony Orlando and Dawn scored their biggest hit with \"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree\", which became a worldwide phenomenon. The song was based on a true story of a convict who asked his wife to tie a yellow ribbon around a tree if she still loved him and wanted him to come home. The song resonated with many people, especially during the Vietnam War era, when it became a symbol of hope and reunion for soldiers and their families. The song sold 3 million copies in the US and 6 million copies worldwide. It also won two American Music Awards and was nominated for two Grammy Awards.
Following the success of \"Tie a Yellow Ribbon\", Tony Orlando and Dawn continued to produce more hit songs, such as \"Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose\", \"Who's in the Strawberry Patch with Sally\", and \"Steppin' Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)\". They also ventured into television, hosting their own variety show, The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show, from 1974 to 1976. The show featured musical performances, comedy sketches, guest stars, and audience participation. The show was popular among viewers and critics, earning several Emmy nominations.
However, by 1977, Tony Orlando and Dawn decided to disband, citing personal and professional reasons. Orlando was struggling with drug addiction and depression, while Hopkins and Vincent wanted to pursue solo careers. They performed their farewell concert at Carnegie Hall on December 4, 1977, which was broadcast as a Christmas special on CBS. They also released their final album, To Be with You, which included their last charting single, \"Look in My Eyes Pretty Woman\".
After the breakup, Tony Orlando attempted a solo comeback, but failed to achieve the same level of success as before. He also faced several personal tragedies, such as the death of his sister and his divorce from his wife. He eventually overcame his addiction and depression with the help of therapy and religion. He resumed performing in Las Vegas and other venues, often singing his old hits with Dawn.
Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent also pursued solo careers in music and acting. Hopkins became a successful TV actress, appearing in shows such as Bosom Buddies, Gimme a Break!, Family Matters, Half & Half, Are We There Yet, and Partners. She also continued to sing occasionally, recording with George Clinton and Isaac Hayes. Vincent also appeared in some TV shows and movies, such as F Troop, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour, Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, and Crash. She also sang backup for singers such as Freda Payne, Gloria Gaynor, Thelma Houston, and Peabo Bryson.
Tony Orlando and Dawn reunited several times over the years for special occasions or nostalgia tours. They performed at Dick Clark's American Bandstand 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2002, at the PBS special My Music: '70s Pop Rock Reunion in 2004, at the New York State Fair in 2005, at the Mohegan Sun Casino in 2015-2016, and at the South Point Hotel Casino & Spa in Las Vegas in 2018-2019. They also released a new album in 1998 called A Christmas Reunion.
Tony Orlando and Dawn are considered one of the most successful pop groups of the '70s, with 15 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and over 100 million records sold worldwide. They are also remembered for their upbeat songs, colorful costumes, and cheerful personalities. They have influenced many artists across different genres of music. aa16f39245