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In memory of ...

       Larry Hoppen ... 1951-2012 ... RIP 

I am so sorry to have to share the news with you of the sudden passing of my brother and partner, Larry, on the afternoon of Tuesday, July 24th.

The net has been abuzz about it since Wednesday, the 25th. The outpouring of shock, heartache, support, praise and fond memories has been nothing short of overwhelming. He had no idea how much he was and is still loved, and I am feeling very loved as well. 
 
In case you have not seen it, below is the message I sent out to our Orleans email list on Wednesday, July 25th, complete with the official press release. Larry is gone, all too soon ... and he shall be sorely missed by many. 
 
There is a particularly nice piece written by music blogger Bob Lefsetz  HERE 
 
Funeral services took place on Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at Bethlehem House of Praise in his home town of Sanford, FL. It was an event full of sorrow and joy, conducted by Pastor Darren Jones and cantor Beth Schafer.
 
As the press release states, "The Family asks that, since Larry's passion was feeding hungry people, his friends and fans can honor his memory by making a contribution to their local food bank in his name." 
 
With deep appreciation,
Lance Hoppen 
 
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Sent July 25th
 
Dear friends
 
It is with a heavy heart that I share with you the news of my brother Larry's sudden passing on the afternoon of July 24th, 2012. By now, many of you have already become aware of this fact but, to be sure you are all aware, I am writing to you now.
 
The official press release is copied below and that's all we have to say about his passing, officially.
 
On a more personal note, Larry was both my older brother and my partner of the past 40 years in this journey called Orleans. Words cannot express the depths of my sorrow. I know that holds true for Lane, Fly, Charlie, John Hall and all the rest of us who worked with him so closely over time.
 
Thanks to all of you who have already been so kind with your well-wishing calls, texts, voice mails and emails. Unfortunately, I cannot answer each one individually, but know that your kindnesses are appreciated. Please, unless we are already close, I would ask you not to call my personal telephone number at this time.
 
Obviously, we will not be able to fulfill our commitments for this weekend's shows. We are all in shock here.
 
On the other hand, with the promoters' permissions, I intend to do the rest of the shows on the books for the remainder of this, our 40th year. Certainly, Larry is not replaceable but, with the aid of the many fine artists we have worked with, I feel we can somehow satisfy these commitments, with class, in his honor. It is my intention to finish our work, not just default and disappear.
 
If you would like to help, you can tangibly do that. As indicated below, Larry's passion was in aiding food banks do their work in local communities. A contribution there would honor his memory.
 
Please keep our family in your hearts and prayers.
We love you all,
 
Lance
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
 
Larry Hoppen, one of the founding members of the band Orleans, passed away on July 24th, 2012.  Born on Long Island, New York, Hoppen was 61 years old.
 
Between 1969 and 1971, his Ithaca, NY- based band, Boffalongo, made two LPs for United Artists. The second included the original recording of "Dancin' in the Moonlight", later a hit by friends King Harvest. Soon after Boffalongo disbanded in late 1971, Larry got a call from (then-future, now-former US Congressman, D-NY, 19) John Hall, inviting him to come to Woodstock, NY to join with the late Wells Kelly and John to form Orleans, which he did in early 1972. Larry's younger brother, Lance, joined the band the following fall. Tens of millions know Larry's uplifting tenor from the Orleans hits "Still the One", "Dance With Me" and "Love Takes Time".
 
Larry also 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, Felix Cavaliere, Edgar Winter, Robbie Dupree, Spencer Davis, Rick Derringer, Mark Farner, John  Ford Coley, Jimi Jamison, John Cafferty and many more notable artists.
 
Larry released 3 solo albums: "HandMade" and "Looking for the Light", the latter being a flagship fundraising vehicle for his 501(c)3 nonprofit Sunshine for HIV Kids, and, most recently, One of the Lucky Ones.
 
Larry was still touring with Orleans, including brother Lance and youngest brother Lane, and was scheduled to appear on Fox TV's nationwide "Fox & Friends' All-American Concert Series" show this coming Friday, July 27th.
 
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Smith Hoppen and his daughters, Claire and Maeve, as well as his brothers, Lance and Lane and his sister, Lynda.
 
The family asks that since Larry's passion was feeding hungry people, his friends and fans can honor his memory by making a contribution to their local food bank in his name.
 
Patricia Smith Hoppen and her daughters ask the media to please respect their privacy at this difficult time and all inquires should be directed to George T. Gilbert, Esq. (212-677-2001 ) (musicesq@gmail.com) and Lance Hoppen (orleansworld@yahoo.com).
 
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