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Tony Dancy was just 16 when he wrote and recorded "Little By Little" with his first band, Tony's Tygers. The song was picked up by A&M Records and became #1 in Wisconsin in the spring of 1968 - hitting the Billboard Top 100 nationally.

The Tygers soon followed their hit single with a full-length album and continued to release their own tunes. For the next few years they toured the Eastern U.S., performing Top 40 covers of everything from the Association to the Zombies, and of course their own tunes. Known for their precise five-part vocals and high energy performances, fans (read: girls) went wild at the Tygers' shows!

By '71 it was time to move on. With bandmate Craig Fairchild, Tony packed up and moved to Los Angeles. They teamed up as staff writers and studio singers for Wednesday's Child Productions, writing tunes for the Flintstones and the Brady Bunch TV shows.

Itching to perform live again, Tony founded Quiffy, who stormed the Orange County nightclub scene. The band's flawless 6-part vocal renditions of tunes by Queen, the Andrews Sisters, Earth Wind & Fire, Yes, and the Pointer Sisters, were show stoppers. Quiffy appeared on a TV pilot with William Shatner and was about to record an album with Three Dog Night producer Richard Podolor, when the band broke up.

By day Tony focused his energy on his original songs, fleshing out hundreds of tunes; by night he gigged with Ambrosia and El Chicano. He recorded with such disparate artists as Jim Photoglo and jazz great Dianne Reeves, and rounded out the studio work with demos, jingles, and various writing & arranging projects.
During a visit to Milwaukee, friends and fellow musicians persuaded him to become part of the local music scene again. Tony picked up on a new technology (at the time!) - computer music sequencing - which enabled him to produce excellent demos on his own, and allowed him to create a solo act and take it on the road.

Encouraged by fans, and the popularity of an "all local bands" nostalgia concert, he re-formed Tony's Tygers. The band wowed Midwest audiences again with 60's & 70's hits, performed with the Tygers' signature 5-part vocals.

His original tunes sequenced and ready for the studio, he started recording demos. Amazed at the results from the high tech studio and precision sequences, he realized he was creating masters. Tony took a risk and independently produced and released his first solo CD, "A Hopeless Romantic". 

Energized by the formation of a project to see his best songs recorded, Tony started work on a second CD, "Midnight Dancing", almost immediately.  

As a grand finale, before calling it quits after a satisfying five year run, the Tygers were asked to sing the national anthem before a Milwaukee Brewers game. Tony created a stunning four-part a cappella arrangement of "The Star Spangled Banner", which he and his band mates performed before thousands of cheering baseball fans at the new Milwaukee Brewer's Miller Park stadium.

From Milwaukee to LA to Hong Kong to Milwaukee! After a one year gig in Hong Kong, Tony's three year stop-over in Milwuakee resulted in a successful collaboration with Tygers bandmates Lanny Hale and Craig Fairchild to produce the long awaited The Tygers Second Album.  Released under the Fairtone Records indy label, these retro-sounding originals take a fresh approach to 60's flavored pop music.  Visit The Tygers on our Facebook Page or check out our band website. You definitely want to see the vids on the Tygers TV Youtube channel.

Back in LA, Tony is currently working on some new jazzy tunes with Joe Turano (Music Director and saxiphonist for Al Jarreau).

As you know, the jazz EP is complete now - have a listen!