Halfway to Paradise

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St. Martin's Press, Nov 8, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages

He's known the world over for his heyday with Dawn, but that glittering 1970's whirl was just one chapter in Tony Orlando's rich life. Orlando began his showbiz career as a teen heartthrob with the single "Halfway to Paradise" and had a second successful act as a record company A&R man before he was lured back into the limelight as a performer. Fans from the l960s to the present day have loved his voice, his stage presence and his hits, like "Knock Three Times" and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Old Oak Tree."

Now, Tony has written an autobiography as warm and heartfelt as his songs. Halfway to Paradise is rich with stories from the music world-from doo wop to the disco era, from early recording with Gerry Goffin and Carole King to recent concerts in Branson, Missouri and across the United States. It's also full of behind-the-scenes detail of how it felt to be at the top of the entertainment heap-with his #1-rated CBS show, Tony's life in front of and behind the camera was grand, but sometimes not all it seemed. Orlando succumbed to one of the familiar antidotes to the pressures of a big life: drug use, with its predictable toll on family and friendships. And even as his career was soaring, he was unable to save his best friend Freddie Prinze from a fatal downward spiral.

With a return to roots-and to the close-knit family that has always sustained him-Tony restored the order and creativity that have allowed him to thrive through four decades of exuberant entertaining. Halfway to Paradise is a wise, funny and spirited life story, and a must-read memoir for fans.


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Title Page Preface
On West Twentyfirst Street
Our Rhonda
Doowop Fever
1650 Broadway
The Short Sweet Career of a Teen Idol
Murray the
On the Charts and on the Road
Someones in the Kitchen with Dinah
He Dont Love You Like I Love You
Dont Change that Dial
Starting the Journey Down
Mamita Makes Her Network Debut and I
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I Wind Up in the Cuckoos Nest

And Then I Had Lunch with
Beatlemania Sinks the Teen Idol Ship
From Mr Mom to Management
A New Day Dawns
Show Me the Money
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree
Keep on Dreamin Kid
Thanks to the Babysitter
Amateur Night in Dixie
Aint Worth Your Salt Without a Little Jerry Lewis
Murrays Final SignOff
Some Hits Some Misses but Still Swingin
Finding Cinderella
Tar Beach to Ozark Mountain
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Tony Orlando lives in Branson, Missouri, and performs across the country.

Patsi Bale Cox is the co-author of many books, including the autobiographies of Tanya Tucker, Loretta Lynn, and Jenny Jones. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.

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