"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" is a song recorded by Tony Orlando and Dawn. It was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown and produced by Hank Medress and Dave Appell, with Motown/Stax backing vocalist Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson and her sister Pamela Vincent on backing vocals.[1] It was a worldwide hit for the group in 1973.

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"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"
Single by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
from the album Tuneweaving
B-side"I Can't Believe How Much I Love You"
Released19 February 1973
RecordedJanuary 1973
GenrePop
Length3:20
LabelBell
Songwriter(s)Irwin Levine, L. Russell Brown
Producer(s)Hank Medress, Dave Appell
Dawn featuring Tony Orlando singles chronology
"You're a Lady"
(1972)
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree"
(1973)
"Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose"
(1973)
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The single reached the top 10 in ten countries, in eight of which it topped the charts. It reached number one on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973, number one on the Australian charts for seven weeks from May to July 1973 and number one on the New Zealand charts for ten weeks from June to August 1973. It was the top-selling single in 1973 in both the US and UK.

In 2008, Billboard ranked the song as the 37th biggest song of all time in its issue celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Hot 100.[1] For the 60th anniversary in 2018, the song still ranked in the top 50, at number 46.[2] This song is the origin of the yellow color of the Liberal Party of Cory Aquino, the party that ousted the Marcos dictatorship in the People Power Revolution of 1986.[3]

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