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Left Field All Stars, Songs of the Game is the vision and dream of Mark West. Being a big baseball fan all of his life and then winding up in the music business, it was only natural that he do a project like this. Soliciting the help of good friend Randle Chowning as lead producer. The project kept picking up momentum as Kerry Cole agreed to sing on it and then Tony Orlando. We hope all Baseball fans enjoy this project.
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Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis (born April 3, 1944), better known as Tony Orlando, is an American show business professional, best known as the lead singer of the group Tony Orlando and Dawn in the early 1970s. Discovered by producer Don Kirshner, Orlando had songs on the charts in 1961 when he was 16, "Halfway to Paradise" and "Bless You". Orlando then became a producer himself, and at an early age was promoted to a vice-president position at CBS Records, where he was in charge of the April-Blackwood Music division. He sang under the name "Dawn" in the 1970s, and when the songs became hits, he went on tour and the group became "Tony Orlando and Dawn". They had several songs which were major hits including "Candida", "Knock Three Times", and "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree". The group hosted a variety program, "The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show" on CBS from 1974 to 1976, and then broke up in 1978. Orlando then continued as a solo singer, performing in Las Vegas and Branson, Missouri. Orlando has hosted the New York City portions of the MDA Labor Day Telethon on WWOR-TV since the 1980s. He quit the show in 2011 in response to Jerry Lewis' firing from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Randle Chowning was born April4th, 1950 in the small town of Mountain View, Missouri.
"My father was a radio operator under General Patton's command in World War II. After the war, he opened a radio/television shop. We had a high antenna on our house and tuned into television and radio from Memphis, Tennessee. We were listening to black radio programs before Elvis came onto the scene. It was wonderful".
The family moved to Springfield, Missouri in 1958, home to the only nationally televised country music show, The Ozark Jubilee. There were an amazing variety of musicians living and visiting Springfield to be on the Ozark Jubillee. Randle's interest in music became permanent during this period. By his early teens Randle was playing guitar and beginning to write songs.
After graduating from Glendale High School, Randle attended Southwest Missouri State from the fall of 1968 through the spring of 1972. It was during college that Randle noticed a few other songwriters in the area that were close to his age. He convinced them to form a band, which became known as The Ozark Mountain Daredevils. Randle's songwriting, lead guitar and vocals were featured on the group's recordings on A&M Records, including their first hit, "If You Wanna Get To Heaven", in 1973. It was recently voted one of the top twenty all time Southern Rock Hits. It still gets airplay on classic rock stations everywhere. Randle also played harmonica and mandolin on their recordings.
Randle worked in Branson, Missouri for three years before moving to Nashville in 1999 to pursue his passion for songwriting. Success came with a song called "I'm Gonna E-mail Santa" co-written with Ray Benson (Asleep At The Wheel) and Mark Morton. The song was recorded by Billy Gilman and released on the Rosie O'Donnell Christmas CD in 2001. Another Billy Gilman recording, "Shamey, Shamey, Shame", was released on his Dare To Dream CD. Both of those releases were certified Gold.
Randle and Larry Lee, another original Daredevil, recorded a CD called Beyond Reach. It features their unique vocal blend and all original material.
Randle is currently living back in the Ozarks, writing music and performing.
"Across the generations
The constant has been
This game of baseball
It takes me home again"
From "The Constant"
When Kerry Cole first saw the Everly Brother on Ed Sullivan in 1958, he knew he was going to be a musician. He is currently touring with 70's rock/pop star, Tony Orlando. Kerry and his brother Tracy Cole have had success on their own, touring as the Lefty Brothers.