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7/25/12 – Orleans' Larry Hoppen dead

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Larry Hoppen
Our friend, Larry Hoppen, founding member of the band Orleans, passed away Tuesday at age 61. His death was announced Wednesday on his official Facebook page by his wife, Patricia Hoppen:
"For those who don't already know, Larry passed away yesterday ... those of you do know me, you can message me. 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," the message read.
Hoppen formed Orleans in Woodstock in 1972, with John Hall and Wells Kelly. Hoppen's brother Lance and Jerry Marotta would later join the group, creating the classic-period quintet that released 1976 album "Waking and Dreaming," which included the monster hit "Still the One." The follow-up "Forever" brought another smash, "Love Takes Time." The band charted three top-20 singles in its lifetime, during which Larry Hoppen, vocalist and guitarist, was always a member.

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