OrleansOnline.comFounding Orleans member Larry Hoppen, who sang on the 1970s soft-rock act's biggest hits, **** Tuesday at the age of 61. According to his official Facebook page, he was living in Florida at the time of his passing.
Hoppen formed Orleans along with fellow singer/guitarist John Hall and drummer Wells Kelly in 1972 in Woodstock, New York. The group went on to score top 10 hits with "Dance with Me" and "Still the One" in 1974 and 1976, respectively. At the time of his death, Hoppen was still a member Orleans, whose current lineup also includes his brothers Lane and Lance.
Orleans had been scheduled to perform on Fox's Fox and Friends on Friday morning, and also had gigs lined up Friday night in Manorhaven, New York, and Saturday in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. However, those appearances have been canceled in the wake of Hoppen's passing.
A message from Lance Hoppen on Orleans' official website reads, "Due to the sudden passing of Larry Hoppen, all shows for July have been cancelled. If possible, we will undertake to finish out the rest of the schedule in Larry's honor. That's all we know for now. Please keep us in your hearts and prayers."
Larry's family asks fans says want to honor him can donate money to their local food bank.
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