The American trio topped the charts in the mid 1970s with a memorable cover of a song He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You).
Tony Orlando, Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson aka Tony Orlando and Dawn attended the Golden Globes in 1974, they hung out with Faye Dunaway and her husband J. Geils of the J Geils Band.
To pass the time, they sung R&B songs, and did a version of He Will Break Your Heart that resulted in the couple encouraging the trio to record the song for a future album.
The song, written by Jerry Butler, Calvin Carter and Curtis Mayfield, had been recorded and released by Butler as a single in 1960. He Will Break Your Heart hit the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 and became a popular cover by Freddie Scott and The Righteous Brothers.
Tony Orlando & Dawn asked for permission to cover the song, changing the title to the opening lyric and Mayfield agreed. The trio released the song in March 1975 on Elektra Records.
By mid-May the song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, boosted by radio airplay and by the song’s performance on the band’s CBS variety show.
The single became the sixth hit for the band, who continued to produce many hits during the 1970s.