Tony Middleton was born 26 June 1934 in Richmond, Virginia where he grew up and went to school. In the mid 50s, when he was in his late teens Tony moved with his mother to New York. He excelled at sports and he boxed as an amateur into his early twenties. Tony joined the 5 Willows in ’52 and became their lead singer, recording and performing with them until late ‘57 when he went solo. Though Middleton recorded more than 30 solo singles he also cut many more demos and commercials.