Larry Hoppen, who co-founded the 1970s pop-rock group Orleans and sang lead on the group's hits, including "Still the One" and "Dance With Me," died Tuesday at age 61. The news was confirmed by the guitarist's wife, Patricia Smith Hoppen.
The cause of death has not been disclosed. Hoppen died in Florida, where he had been living for some time.
Bing: Orleans band
"For his fans, I am deeply sorry for YOUR loss," Patricia Hoppen wrote on Facebook. "I know he will be missed. I will that my family's privacy be respected during this horrible time."
Hoppen formed Orleans in 1972 in Woodstock, N.Y., with singer-songwriter John Hall, who later spent two terms as a U.S. congressman in New York state. The band had three Billboard Hot 100 top 40 hits: "Dance With Me" (No. 6, 1975), "Still the One" (No. 5, 1976) and "Love Takes Time" (No. 11, 1979), their biggest song following the departure of Hall in 1977. Two of their albums cracked the top 40 on the Billboard 200.
"I can tell you after 40 years of working together, we made music that is known around the world," Hall told the Times Herald-Record. "His distinctive tenor voice will be recognizable on radio and recordings for a long time to come. I'm grateful to have worked with him."
With his brother Lance, Hoppen has continued touring with Orleans, and they were scheduled to perform in a concert sponsored by morning TV's "Fox & Friends" on Friday (July 27).
The musician is survived by his wife and by two daughters, Claire and Maeve.
So saddened to hear of Larry's passing, I always enjoyed working with him....Orleans was always underated in my estimation...great hooks and awesome vocals....my prayers are with his family.