Orleans is an American pop rock band best known for its hits " Dance with Me " No. The group's name evolved from the music it was playing at the time of their formation, which was inspired by Louisiana artists such as Allen Toussaint and the Neville Brothers. In October of that year, the group expanded to include Larry's younger brother, Lance, on bass. Wild West - Thank God Im A Country Boy Jerry Marotta joined incompleting the quintet.
Hall was later elected to the United States House of Representatives. Drummer Wells Kelly son of Cornell University 's Dean of Architecture, Burnham Kelly first met John Hall, an in-demand session player and member of the group Kangaroo, in the late s when he played with him in a group called Thunderfrog and later played on John's first solo album, Actionreleased in In Wells joined the first incarnation of King Harvestwho would have a hit a few years later, inwith the song " Dancing in the Moonlight ".
Hall and his wife, Johanna, had just gained some fame when their song "Half Moon" appeared on their friend Janis Joplin 's posthumous album Pearl. After a swing through Europe playing guitar behind Karen Dalton on a Santana tour, Hall decided to start his own band in Woodstock. After months of playing the Cafe Expresso with different rhythm sections, Hall Half Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance his old friend Wells Kelly in Ithaca in December and asked him to join his group.
Multi-instrumentalist Kelly accepted the offer on the condition that he play piano. For a brief time, the grouping consisted of Roy Markowitz on drums, Bill Gelber on bass and Kelly on electric piano. Hall encouraged Kelly to call Larry Hoppen, who accepted the invitation to join the new group, christened Orleans by Wells, in late January For months they would play as a trio, often switching instruments during the show. Larry's year-old brother, Lance Hoppen, was brought into Orleans around Halloween to play bass, freeing up Larry to play more Half Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance and keyboards.
Nina, Pretty Ballerina - ABBA - The Ultimate Collection Stone magazine called Orleans "the best unrecorded band in America".
Showcase performances in New York gave rise to a recording contract with ABC Dunhill Records and the release of the eponymous debut album in the fall ofwhich had been recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabamawith producers Roger Hawkins and Barry Beckett at the helm. Reviewing Orleans in Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the SeventiesRobert Christgau said, "In case you're interested, this band is mucho hot among Eastern rock cognoscenti read, know-it-alls. Very pleasant, too, although John Hall doesn't sing as tasty as he plays.
The only impressive song is 'Half Moon. The group's second record, Orleans IIrecorded at Bearsville Studioswas originally released in Japan and Europe in but ABC declined to release it in the US since management felt there were "no hit singles" on the album and dropped the group from the label. While recording their next album, Waking and Dreamingin earlythe group was joined by second drummer Jerry Marottafreeing Wells Kelly up to sing more and play keyboards.
While the single was climbing the charts to peak eventually at No. In January the single was chosen as the theme song for the ABC television network the parent of ABC Records and has since been used for numerous commercials and movie soundtracks. The follow-up, "Reach", with John Hall on lead, peaked at No. Marotta departed not long afterwards to join Hall and Oates and eventually moved on to Peter Gabriel 's band.
After several months of mulling things over and working with other musicians Larry Mujo Od Doboja - Sladjana Milikic - Oprosti Ljubavi Moja Jerry Marotta in the backing band for Garland Jeffreys while Kelly worked with the Beach Boysthe Hoppen brothers and Kelly decided to continue on in latebringing in new members R.
Martin vocals, sax, horns, keyboards and Connecticut musician Bob Leinbach vocals, keyboards, trombonewho'd played with Larry Hoppen Half Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance the Ithaca years and had completed a stint with the group The Fabulous Rhinestones.
The new lineup signed a contract with the Infinity Records label and their debut there, Forever Aprilproduced the No. Collectively, the three Hot top 20 Orleans hits have been aired over 7 million times. In Orleans continued to tour with artists such as Stephen Stills and Chicago. This last, recorded in Woodstock, featured only the Hoppens and Wells Kelly as Orleans since the others had left earlier in the year. Nonetheless, the album featured guest appearances from all past members, including John Hall, who was in the process of forming the John Hall Band with Leinbach as a member.
Orleans was produced by Englishman Robin Lumleymixed at Trident Studios in London and featured Lumley's friend, Phil Collinscontributing backing vocals to a track. Just after recording their release, the group added Dennis "Fly" Amero guitars, vocals to replace Leinbach and the lineup still featured R. But the band, who was on a tour of amusement parks that summer, was forced to cut the tour short when their accountant misappropriated funds leaving them in debt. Martin left, "Fly" stayed and Larry and Lance recruited their brother Lane Hoppen to play keyboards and drummer Charlie Shew at that time going under the pseudonym Eric For My Lover - George Phang - Power House Selectors Choice Vol.
4 to play alongside Wells Kelly then replace him when he left by early to relocate to NYC. Orleans then signed with the fledgling Radio Records and recorded their next album, One of a Kindin Fort Lauderdale, Florida in the summer of ' The album released in September included brand new band member Michael Mugrage replacing "Fly" Amero on guitar at the request of the album's producers Don Silver and Ben Wisch.
Jerry Marotta briefly rejoined the band to play on the album but was replaced by drummer Nicholas Parker after its release. But Radio, likewise, went bankrupt just as One of a Kind was hitting the record store shelves.
Mood Ring played some club dates in billed as Robbie Dupree and Orleans In the late s, Mood Ring reconvened to do occasional concert dates. But after a tough two-week stint in Bermuda in JulyLarry lost his voice one day into the gig due to a combination of air-conditioning and high humidity. After this, he returned to his home in Woodstock and decided to take some time off to Half Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance his voice to heal.
His body was found on the front stairs of a London flat at which he was staying, after a night of partying. According to pathologist, Dr. Ian West, a post mortem examination revealed "high levels of morphine and cocaine" in Kelly's body. Wells Kelly's untimely Half Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance was the catalyst for a reunion of Hall and the Hoppen brothers.
Though this album had some playing by John and Larry, most of the instrumental tracks were played by session players, like guitarist Richard Bennettdrummer Larrie London and bassist David Hungatewith the Orleans members providing mostly vocals. During their Nashville period, the band added bassist Glen Worf and drummer Paul Cook who was eventually replaced by Tommy Wells for concert dates.
By John and Larry began to realize that while Nashville was a great place for them as songwriters, it was not so accommodating to Orleans' career as a band.
Lance decided to stay in Nashville to work on sessions and writing and was no longer available for all Orleans' gigs, Brother - Various - Trailer Happiness bassist Jim Curtin joined to be Lance's sub, as needed, between and Orleans slowly re-established their presence in the Northeast over the next couple of years.
In Robbie Dupree approached them to make a live album, mostly for their growing fan base in Japan. Live Volume 2featuring the rest of the show, was soon to follow. It came out there in and was followed by a return to Japan for more shows. Later that year, Orleans played at Woodstock 94which was practically in their backyard, in Saugerties, New York.
Bob Leinbach once again rejoined the group for this show and continues to make occasional guest appearances with them. The following year found them touring as an acoustic trio John, Larry and Lance. Yet another new album, Ridewas recorded at John's Saugerties studio and released through an independent label, Dinosaur Entertainment, out of New Orleans.
Ride emerged in the summer of and included just a couple of reworkings of the best and still unheard-in-the-US tunes from Analog Men. The single "I Am on Your Side" even began to make its way up the charts, but the label proved inexperienced and it folded shortly afterward, killing the song's chances for more radio play.
Orleans continued on, but in latedecided to take a break. John and Half Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance were spending more and more time in Nashville doing sessions Once Upon A Summertime - The Oscar Peterson Trio - Walking The Line touring with various Nashville-based artists and Larry, who'd remarried and started a family, relocated to Florida in and formed his own Larry Hoppen Band.
After this, the band decided to remain together and continue on. InHalf Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance subbed gigs for Peter O'Brien the previous year, Charlie Morgan ex- Elton John became their new drummer and Lane Hoppen rejoined the band on keyboards after nineteen years.
The band then picked up Jake Hooker, from Malibu, Californiaas their new manager. Orleans continued to play live Half Moon - Orleans - Before The Dance record. During his bid for a US Congressional seat, Hall appeared with the group on only a few occasions. He was reelected in During the midterm electionsa political ad parody supporting John Hall's opponent, Nan Hayworthpromoted the fictitious organization "Young Voters for an Orleans Reunion Tour" as a means of voting Hall from Congress.
Hayworth defeated Hall in the election. Orleans continued to write, record and perform. Virgin Islands fundraising for the Nana Baby Home, the orphanage there. Original band member Larry Hoppen died on the evening of July 24, The cause of death was later revealed as suicideaccording to a eulogy posted on Beth Schafer's Facebook page.
In August Lance announced that the band was in mourning for Larry Hoppen, and that they would play a free show at SteelStacks on September 2 in honor of Larry, to replace the canceled date. They were joined at this show by Bob Leinbach, who sang "Forever" in memory of Larry. Among them is the title cut, which was the last in which Larry participated. On June 25,The New York Times Magazine listed Orleans among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the Universal fire.
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