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Orleans is an American pop-rock band best known for its hits Dance with Me (1975), Still the One (1976), and Love Takes Time (1979). Orleans began as a trio in 1972 in Woodstock NY. Guitarist John Hall, drummer Wells Kelly and multi-instrumentalist Larry Hoppen played tirelessly all over the Northeast and up / down the Eastern “corridor” for nine months, then added Lance Hoppen (Larry’s brother) fresh out of high school on bass to form the quartet that would record its debut LP in 1973 at the legendary Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama.

Orleans found its core audience touring the clubs and college circuit of the Northeast US, crossing paths with other up-and-comers such as Bonnie Raitt, Tom Waits, and Hall & Oates. Rolling Stone called Orleans “the best unrecorded band in America”. Showcase performances in NYC gave rise to a recording contract with ABC Dunhill Records and the release of an eponymous debut album in 1973. But it was not until Orleans was produced by Chuck Plotkin, then head of A&R for Asylum Records, that the band scored its first Top 40 hit with “Let There Be Music” in early 1975.

The follow up single “Dance With Me” brought Orleans into the Top 5 and the mainstream of American pop music. Atypical of the high-energy, earthy, R&B/Rock ‘n’ Roll mix of styles they had been previously identified with, “Dance With Me” cast the band in a more “soft-rock” light and landed them a tour with Melissa Manchester, when they really were more at home on tour with bands such as Little Feat.


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  • evanisreallyok

    RIP Larry

    9 Nov 2012 Reply
  • johnmcminn1

    i love Still The One !!!

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Anchelika

    i love it! SUPER!

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tonystuff

    cant touch these white

    23 Feb 2011 Reply
  • coolhotrodder

    a good 70's tune

    19 Dec 2010 Reply
  • renatolpb9

    Sails! :)

    5 Mar 2010 Reply
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  • OrleansOnline

    With gratitude to YOU, our worldwide fans, we here at Orleans Central wish to announce both the release of our new Obscurities CD ... AND the 12 Days of Thanksgiving special CD Sale. You may get the new Obscurities CD here at Happy Holidays!

    28 Nov 2008 Reply
  • OrleansOnline

    Announcing "Orleans: Obscurities" This unique, all-studio Orleans CD has been literally decades in the making! Since we began recording in the 1970s, Orleans has worked in the studio on many songs that have never been released to any audience. We've also done "demo" versions of some of our tunes that we still find as good or better than the released "master" versions you've already heard. And . there are some songs we've recorded for solo projects we're very fond of - and they fit right in to the Orleans style and sound. This "Obscurities" collection gathers a generous amount - 14 to be exact - of these studio tracks, spanning 1977 to the present. Yes, there are even a couple of brand new unreleased songs in this collection! This project is being "mastered" as you read this. After that, it's off to the disc manufacturer. The "Orleans: Obscurities" CD will be ready for delivery just in time for the Holidays! Stay tuned for more info and an actual release date!

    21 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Rogue9a

    Larry Hoppen and his brothers preform in a traveling show called Rock and Pop Masters with many singers of the 70's and 80's. Its a great show to watch

    14 Oct 2008 Reply
  • HermanHinds

    Nice music! I wonder, what they are doing now!

    24 Sep 2008 Reply
  • brushwood

    Steven Colbert once sang "Dance with Me" with John Hall on his show. It's on the Best of the Colbert Report dvd.

    16 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Gaynor7

    Always loved Dance With Me...gorgeous song

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Eggman23

    Saw John Hall being interviewed by Jon Stewart. Running for political office somewhere? Did he win? Where? When. Excellent band- recorded and live. Ed

    24 Jan 2008 Reply
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    27 Nov 2007 Reply
  • BBB63

    How many remember when ABC used Still the One as the theme for it's fall programming (Happy Days, Laverne and Shirley, Barney Miller, Baretta, etc...)?

    21 Jul 2007 Reply
  • XTA45

    ça gère ! vous etes sur GSR ?

    18 Apr 2007 Reply
  • Frak45

    Yeah !

    18 Apr 2007 Reply

    vive orléans

    18 Apr 2007 Reply
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