‘Candida’ by Dawn – Classic Hit or Miss
“Candida” was the first single released by Dawn, with vocals by Tony Orlando, in July 1970. The song, written by Irwin Levine and Toni Wine, was produced by Dave Appell and Hank Medress for Bell Records. Appell and Medress originally recorded another singer on the track, but decided that a different vocal approach would be preferable. Medress then approached Orlando to do the vocals. Orlando had been a professional singer in the early 1960s, but now worked as a music publishing manager for Columbia Records. Although initially worried about losing his job at Columbia, Orlando eventually agreed to lend his voice to the track.
“Candida” became a worldwide hit, reaching number one in five countries, and the top ten in many others. It was included on Dawn’s debut LP in 1970 and later appeared on several compilation albums. It hit #3 on the charts in the US in 1970!