January 1971 – Knock Three Times by Tony Orlando and Dawn

January 1971 – a song popular in this month – Knock Three Times by Tony Orlando and Dawn

This song is about a guy who falls in lust with his downstairs neighbor.

Interesting facts about Knock Three Times & Tony Orlando and Dawn –

The producers of this song persuaded their old friend Tony Orlando (then working for the publishing arm of CBS Records) to record his lead vocal on a pair of demos after Bell Records’ bigwigs didn’t like the original lead singer.

The members of Dawn were Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent. Hopkins is an actress and has had roles on the TV shows Bosom Buddies, Gimme A Break and Family Matters.

When this was recorded, however, there was no Dawn. Backup singers on the Candida album included Toni Wine (who wrote the song “Candida”), Jay Siegel (from The Tokens), Robin Grean and Linda November.

Tony Orlando was born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassivitis. He had hits “Halfway to Paradise” (#39) and “Bless You” (#15) in 1961 as a 16-year-old.

This information was provided by Songfacts.com

26 thoughts on “January 1971 – Knock Three Times by Tony Orlando and Dawn

  1. Cool. I did not know that about Orlando.
    Back then we had a radio station that gave away free things. Sometimes a 45, or a album, a free pizza, etc.
    If you could guess from a small clip of the song. And who sung it and the year.
    They told me I had already won a lot of pizzas…lol.
    ( and records they didn’t seem to mind. )
    Hey what can I say? I loved the music back then and I was into it. 🙂

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