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Album: CandidaReleased: 1970Charted:
This song is about a guy who falls in lust with his downstairs neighbor. She doesn't know him, but he obsesses over her and leaves her a note one day with an elaborate plan to pursue a relationship: she is instructed to knock 3 times on the ceiling if she wants him, and to bang twice on the pipe if not. We don't find out how she responds, but he would probably have better luck if he just talked to her.
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.
Dawn was a group named after the daughter of a promotion man at Bell Records. 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. (For more, check out our interview with Toni Wine
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.