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Tony Christie

"Tony Christie" (born ''Antony Fitzgerald''; April 25, 1943) is an English male singer from Conisbrough, South Yorkshire.

He had two top twenty hits in the UK charts in 1971 with "''I Did What I Did For Maria''" which reached #2 and "''Is This the Way to Amarillo''" which reached #18. He also had a minor hit with "Avenues and Alleyways" which reached #37, the theme to the television series ''The Protectors''.

He played the role of Magaldi in the original 1976 album recording of the theatre musical ''Evita'', and sought to represent the UK in the 1976 Eurovision Song Contest, with the song "The Queen of the Mardi Gras" but came third in the national contest to select an entrant, behind eventual contest winners Brotherhood of Man.

Although his popularity waned in his native Britain through most of the 1980s and 1990s, he maintained a successful singing career in continental Europe in this period. (Especially in Germany - with his songs in the Schlager style. ''e.g.'' "Oh Mi Amor" (Oh My Love) and "We're Gonna Stay Together" (A duet with Vicky Leandros)

In 1999 he was the vocalist on the Jarvis Cocker-penned UK top ten hit "Walk Like A Panther" by the Sheffield b...

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