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Toni Harper Dunlap This is the place to buy Toni Harpers' music!!

Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.

The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang "Waitin' for the Train to Come In", she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with "Candy Store Blues".

Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for "You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small", the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall. Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature.

As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50's, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public.

The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to "Love for Sale", Harper recorded such songs as "I Could Write a Book" and "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered". Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career." (All Music Guide)

Toni's CaftansSome forty years ago I was privileged to study under one of the finest Fashion Designers in Hollywood, California, the late Ann Price. While I followed another career path, designing both clothes and hand knitted garments remained my passion and devoted hobby.

During that time to the present I honed my sewing and knitting skills creating wonderful and fun garments. What has evolved from that experience is "The Caftan". My Caftans have a special cut that makes them seem to dance. They are roomy yet flattering, no matter the body shape.

The hand knitted garments are created with love, time, experience and care. Children and adults both, will enjoy wearing them. Through the years Designer Price and I exchanged fabrics, ideas and principles. The precepts are what my Internet Business is based upon.

  • To design fashions that are luxurious, beautiful and wearable.
  • To personally construct the garments I design to validate the soundness of the design.
  • To use only the finest quality fabric and yarn.
  • To design and make my garments with elegance, glamor and indelible personality in mind without being repetitive.
  • Lastly, comfort is paramount. My Caftans must ensure your comfort. I want you to feel sexy and above all exude feminine controlled flirtationess.

Satisfaction GuaranteedAs the owner of Toni's Treasures Forever I am most excited to bring you quality products via the Internet. I have one single goal in mind. To bring you, my valued customer, quality merchandise at the best possible value. I will always take care of the needs and concerns of you, my customer. Please feel free to E-Mail Me with any questions or concerns you have about any of my products.

Again, I look forward to hearing from you.

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Harper delivers each song as if pouring honey from a pitcher.     Jazzwax.com