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‘70s singing icon Tony Orlando to ‘Knock Three Times’
Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:34

From Staff Reports

NEWBERRY, S.C. — Tony Orlando, known for such pop hits from the 1970s as “Knock Three Times” and “Candida,” both released in 1970, will perform at 8 p.m. March 6 at Newberry Opera House.

His vocal trio Tony Orlando & Dawn included two former Motown/Stax female backing vocalists, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson.

Among his other popular hits are ‘Tie a Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree,” which was the trio’s biggest-selling song, as well as “Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose?” and “He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You),” the latter was a reworking (with permission) of “He Will Break Your Heart,” written by soul singers Jerry Butler, Curtis Mayfield and Calvin Carter.

 CBS gave the trio a television variety show (titled “Tony Orlando and Dawn”) from summer1974 — after “The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour” ended its run — until December 1976. The show, with a comedy-sketch-and-songs formula, became a hit.

“Orlando is a top-selling recording artist, songwriter, concert headliner, network television star, motion picture actor, Broadway performer and author.” an event promotion stated.

Orlando, who began as a doo-wop singer in New Jersey, has had a career in the music industry spanning more than 60 years.

 For concert tickets, which are $150, call (803) 276-6264 or visit online at

Ye haw! ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ star John Schneider to perform in March 20 show
Sunday, 28 February 2021 20:33

From Staff Reports

NEWTON, N.C. —  John Schneider, a star of “The Dukes of Hazzard,”  will perform in concert from 7 to 9:30 p.m. March 20 at the Newton Performing Arts Center, 60 W. 6th St.

Regarding the Schneider show, an NPAC event promotion noted, “John Schneider has acted in a number of TV shows, but he’s best known in ‘The Dukes of Hazzard.’”

(“The Dukes of Hazzard” (1979-85) followed the adventures of “the Duke boys,” cousins Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat) (including Coy and Vance Duke for most of season five), who lived on a family farm in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, the exact location of which was never specified, though Atlanta was mentioned.

Further, website said of the TV show:

“Just some good old boys, never meaning no harm. But cousins Bo and Luke Duke certainly have a way of finding trouble with the law everywhere they turn. Their adventures as the Robin Hoods of their rural community of Hazzard County led them to wild escapes, aided by their souped-up Dodge Charger called the General Lee. The boys’ nemesis is Boss Hogg, a corrupt politician who constantly sicks his minion, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, on the Dukes”

Some four decades later, NPAC noted, Scneider “still embraces the character and the many fans who loved the show. People are so familiar with Schneider as an actor, many don’t realize he also had a strong music career during the ‘80s. 

“Since leaving ‘The Dukes,’ he’s gone on to act in other shcows, playing roles that have appealed to newer generations of fans. He starred as Superman’s father on CW’s ‘Smallville,’ and currently plays Judge Jim Cryer on Tyler Perry’s ‘The Haves and the Have-Nots’ on OWN (The Oprah Winfrey Network). 

“He also put his dancing skills to the test as a contestant on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’” 

For tickets, which are $25 to $45 (or $100 for limited VIP status), visit



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