At a gala function held at Sydney’s Bankstown
Sports Club and presented by industry stalwart Barry Crocker,
the late Tony Pantano was clearly emotional when it was announced he had
received the ‘MO’ Award' for “Best Male Vocalist” for a record
It was a fitting tribute to an entertainer who gained international acclaim and for a gentleman who was without doubt one of Australia's most likable showbiz personalities.
Tony was the epitome of the true professional whose performances not only showcased his rich, warm voice but also an incredibly varied repertoire which covered anything from ballads to classical and rock.
And of course let's not forget the wit and charm with which it was all delivered that placed Tony amongst the very best of the world's cabaret artists.
Numerous appearances on national television, performances in just about every notable venue in Australia and many overseas (including a memorable night at the Olympia Theatre in Paris) were all interspersed with regular stints on the most luxurious ocean cruise liners that sail the seven seas.
Tony was constantly in demand for cruising engagements always delivering stand out performances whether it was on a cruise from the magical island of Rhodes to the vibrant Emirates city of Dubai aboard P&O’s Dawn Princess or tropical cruises to Bali, the South Pacific or the Caribbean aboard Holland America Lines.
Tony was a permanent headline act for over seven years at Melbourne's Crown Towers Hotel & Casino performing weekly in the Oak Room, Las Vegas Lounge and the prestigious JJ's Bar & Grill. He still holds the record for claiming the MO Award for "Best Male Vocalist" in Australia, won the Gold Award for "Entertainer Of The Year" (twice) and received multiple nominations for the Ace Awards' "Best Male Vocalist".
In later years Tony was still busy in the recording studio producing a number of various song compilation CDs which continue to be distributed internationally via the popular iTunes Music Store.
To list all of Tony's achievements, anecdotes and career highlights supported by an impressive photo gallery featuring some of the world's most renowned performers would really require a separate dedicated web site of its own!
As long time administrator of Tony's catalogue of original songs, GMP acknowledges the unfillable void left by such a talented artist and pays homage to him for his remarkable and significant contribution to the Australian music scene.
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