Gonna Boogie Tonight
Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti of Italy and the guests at the Fords’ final state dinner enjoyed after dinner entertainment provided by the musical group Tony Orlando and Dawn.
Orlando and Dawn, singers Telma Hopkins and Joyce Vincent Wilson, had a string of hits in the early 1970s, including “Knock Three Times” and “Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree.” During this performance Orlando also serenaded President and Mrs. Ford with the song “You Are So Beautiful,” drawing a standing ovation from the crowd.
“Your enthusiastic performance brought much joy to the evening and generated a warmth and spirit that permeated the audience,” President Ford wrote in a thank you letter to Orlando. “We want you to know that your loyalty and friendship mean a great deal to both of us.”
The tables for the state dinner in honor of President Leone were set with the Johnson china, vermeil flatware, and Morgantown crystal. The flower arrangements included Marguerite daisies, chrysanthemums, snapdragons, miniature carnations, and straw flowers.
Lady Bird Johnson’s wildflower White House china? Souffle au Grand Marnier with Sauce Sabayon? Yes, please.
Italian Dinner at the White House with Frank
Frank Sinatra attends a dinner at the White House in honor of Giulio Andreotti, President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic., 04/17/1973
Pictured: Giulio Andreotti, Mrs. Andreotti, Frank Sinatra, Pat Nixon, Richard M. Nixon.