Larry Hoppen is a co-founder and “The
Voice” of the classic American band Orleans - now in its 36th year of “still
havin’ fun”. Tens of millions know Larry's uplifting tenor from the hits
Still the One, Dance with the self-penned Love Takes Time, much more and Me.
From a musical family, Larry is equally at home on keyboards or guitar and
is fluent on bass, melodica and trumpet. His mom took him on her nightclub
gigs when he was 10! Briefly trying Music Ed. at Ithaca College (1967-69),
he left to pursue a career as a musical artist and has never looked back.
Between 1969 and 1971 his Ithaca band
“Boffalongo” made 2 LPs for United Artists, including the original recording
of "Dancin’ in the Moonlight", later a hit by friends King Harvest. Soon
after Boffalongo disbanded (1971), Larry got a call from (now US
Congressman, D-NY, 19) John Hall to come to Woodstock, NY to form a band
with the late Wells Kelly and John. Decades later, Orleans still tours /
records with 2 of the 4 originals – Larry and brother Lance.
He’s performed and/or recorded with Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt,
Livingston Taylor, Lulu, Graham Parker, Blues Traveler, Ricky Skaggs, Steve
Wariner, Michael Franks, Levon Helm, the late great Michael Brecker,
the late great Chet Atkins, the late great Artie Traum, John
Sebastian, Bela Fleck and many more notable artists.
Larry currently lives in Central Florida with his wife, twin girls, dog and
cats. He sees his success as a privilege and a responsibility. He spends his
“spare time” on socio/ political issues, fundraising efforts etc. He is
proud to be a progressive “community organizer”, helping Food Banks,
families living with HIV/AIDS and others.
released 2 solo albums -
and Looking for the Light, the latter a flagship
fundraising vehicle for his
501(c)3 nonprofit Sunshine for HIV Kids.
Current projects include a third solo CD,
a new Orleans DVD / CD and the CD “Time and Tide” with the
Robbie Dupree Band. Larry also
tours globally with Robbie, Orleans
and RPM - Rock & Pop Masters.