This week, Ira spoke with Toni Wine. To listen to the interview click below.
Singer-songwriter-musician Toni Wine has been touring and performing with Tony Orlando throughout the country, including his Las Vegas appearances at the South Point.
Wine was born and raised in New York City where she was a child prodigy who studied classical piano at the Julliard School of Music. She went to work at Screen-Gems Publishing, where she initially collaborated with a series of writers including Gerry Goffin, Howie Greenfield and Steve Venet. Her first recorded song was the Cookies’ “Only to Other People,” but she hit her stride as a composer when she began a three-year collaboration with Carole Bayer; the first fruits of their partnership, the Mindbenders’ “A Groovy Kind of Love,” topped the U.S. pop charts in March of 1965.
By this time Wine was also recording as a solo act, releasing a handful of singles for Colpix. In 1969, she joined with Ron Dante, Ellie Greenwich and Andy Kim to record as the fictional cartoon group the Archies, contributing vocals to the blockbuster “Sugar, Sugar”; she also reunited with her long-time friend Tony Orlando to lend vocals to her song “Candida.”
Wine married famed producer Chips Moman and relocated to Memphis, where she released material for Atco and Monument in addition to a busy career as a writer and session vocalist.