Larry Hoppen

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Larry Lewis Hoppen (January 12, 1951 – July 24, 2012) was a co-founder, vocalist and guitarist/keyboardist of the pop-rock group Orleans. Orleans was formed in Woodstock, New York in January 1972 by Hoppen, vocalist/guitarist/songwriter (and future member of Congress) John Hall, and drummer/percussionist Wells Kelly. In October 1972, Hoppen's younger brother Lance joined the group on bass guitar. Larry sang lead on Orleans' three biggest hits, "Still the One," "Dance with Me" and "Love Takes Time." [1]

Hoppen died of undisclosed causes on July 24, 2012.[1] The cause of death was later revealed as suicide, according to a eulogy posted on Beth Schafer's Facebook page.[2] The brothers had been scheduled to perform in a concert sponsored by morning TV's Fox & Friends on July 27.[1] It was subsequently announced that the group's scheduled tour dates would be cancelled.[3][4] He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his daughters Claire and Maeve.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Schneider, Mark (26 July 2012). "Orleans Co-Founder Larry Hoppen Dies". Billboard.
  2. ^ "My Eulogy for Larry Lewis Hoppen". Retrieved 26 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Orleans Trio concert canceled in Glens Falls". The Post-Star. 26 July 2012.
  4. ^ Schoof, Dustin (25 July 2012). "ArtsQuest's cancels Orleans concert following death of Larry Hoppen". The Express-Times. Retrieved 26 July 2012.

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