Entertainer Tony Orlando

Celebrity Q&A, People
on April 20, 2008

What's my favorite singer from the 1970s, Tony Orlando, doing today?
—Wanda Sims, York, Pa.

These days, the "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" singer is a very happy man after shedding 106 pounds on the NutriSystem diet and becoming a commercial spokesman for the company. "I had always had a weight problem," he concedes. Now living with his wife of 18 years, Francine, in Branson, Mo., Orlando, 63, performs more than 150 shows each year locally and on the road. A hugely successful entertainer in the '70s, he had a string of hit singles with his two female singing partners in the group Dawn and hosted his own popular network TV variety series from 1974 to 1976.