Tony Middleton………One of the most versatile performers in entertainment today, has been described as
having “a rare ability” and a “vocal talent unsurpassed”.
Tony’s career is an interesting and diversified one, which spans many years of accomplishments. Although
as a teenager, he was working towards becoming a “golden gloves” boxer, he changed course and became the
lead singer and songwriter of a group called “The Willows”. They are most known for the crossover song,
he wrote, “Church Bells May Ring”. They did “My Dear Dearest Darling”, “Dolores”, “White Cliffs of Dover”
and many more. Tony Middleton and the Willows have appeared regularly at the Westbury Music Fair,
American Music Theatre, PA., and at the Tarrytown Music Hall, in addition to numerous other theaters across
the country and internationally. Tony and the Willows have appeared on three PBS specials shows on
Doo Wop and “Church Bells May Ring” is considered one of the 100 all-time great songs of that genre.
He has performed in several Broadway musicals, such as the lead in “Cabin in the Sky” and principle roles
in “Purlie” and “Porgy and Bess”. He later lived and performed in Paris and Europe in the jazz circuit for a
number of years. In Europe, Tony was the understudy for Sammy Davis in “Free and Easy” written by
Harold Arlin and Johnny Mercer. He also performed in concert at the City Center and Wolftrap with
Alvin Ailey Dancers singing the “Mary Lou Williams’s Mass”, and was one of the headliners at Lincoln Center
for the 55th Birthday Tribute to the late Charlie Parker.
Tony Middleton serves notice that the jazz world has a voice to reckon with,
in a husky, Johnny Hartman-like voice……Tony tackles songs with
the unassuming confidence of a seasoned veteran.
Jack Frieden, Ledger Star, Norfolk, VA
Middleton is a suave baritone whose unique voice contains the bluesy facility
of a Joe Williams and the authority of William Warfield.
Lawrence Carter, Detroit News, MI
Tony’s name has been linked with the songs of the biggest names in the
business, like Burt Bacharach, Michel Legrand, Stan Applebaum, Leiber &
Stoller, Johnny Pate and Klaus Ogermann.
Peter Burns, UK
Tony singing “Headed Home” written by Orrin Hatch & Philip Springer as a
tribute toTeddy Kenney….”Tony Middleton……who has a deep warbly voice,
not unlike James Earle Jones…….
The New Yorker, August 11, 2008