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October 15, 2020 @ 8:14 AM

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Japan - 1991

For this week's historical video we visit Japan! But first, let's start connecting some of the dots between the recent series of video posts ...

In 1986, we taped the TNN (Nashville Network)
"New Country" TV show in Nashville, as a result of the reunion of the Hoppens with John Hall after a 7-year separation. The "Grown Up Children" album was our foray into the concept of "Country Crossover." That version of the band included Bob Leinbach on keys.

The experiment was rather short-lived and we took a break near the end of 1987.

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October 8, 2020 @ 11:26 AM

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Mission of Mercy ... 3rd Time's a Charm!

This week's YouTube video offering is a remake of a remake. Let me explain ...

It was maybe 2004(?). John Hall was living in Nashville part-time, as was I (Lance Hoppen) full-time since 1989. John had a big head start on a certain song he had hoped to interest Michael McDonald in finishing with him. Alas, that was not to be, so he did the next best thing --- he got someone who kinda looks like Michael ... ME! :-) John and I then finished Mission of Mercy, each putting our own big stamps on it. 


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October 1, 2020 @ 9:52 AM

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Orleans goes Country - 1985-87

Once again, it's "Video Thursday" at
Orleans' Facebook page, powered by a new video post at our YouTube Channel. Last week we looked at 1996. This week we look at yet another time period to see what was happening for us at that particular point in time.

By September of 1984, after several years of diminishing returns for our endless best efforts, Larry and I (Lance), the only 2 remaining members of the original 4, had had enough. Clearly, we were no longer "still havin' fun". And so, we decided to pack it in.

John Hall had left the band in the fall of 1977 and, for the 7 years ...
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