Feel good music lovers of every generation should be made aware of the recent loss experienced by the music community this week. On Tuesday July 24th, 2012 Larry Hoppen, founding vocalist/guitarist of the 70’s Pop/Rock band Orleans, passed away at the age of 61 years old. The news was first announced through an official statement posted to his Facebook page on Wednesday by his wife Patricia.
“For those who don’t already know, Larry passed away yesterday,” Patricia stated in her post. “For his fans, I am deeply sorry for YOUR loss. I know he will be missed. I will [ask] that my family’s privacy be respected during this horrible time.”
Hoppen and the rest of the Orleans first achieved fame with their 1975 top 20 classic “Dance With Me”. They then reached their peak of success in 1976 when they released their album Walking and Dreaming, which featured their Top 10 smash hit “Still the One.” Other stand outs from the band included 1979’s “Love Takes Time”.
Larry Hoppen remained a member of Orleans as it experienced shifting line ups through out its history until they released their final album Obscurities in 2008. In addition to his work with Orleans Hoppen released two solo albums called HandMadeand Looking for the Light. Those solo efforts were reportedly used to help fund his nonprofit, Sunshine for HIV Kids.
We at Clizbeats.com want to take the time to salute you Mr.Hoppen. Thank you for the music. May you rest in peace.
“Dance With Me” (1975)
From: Let There Be Music
“Still The One”
From: Waking and Dreaming