Larry Hoppen, one of the founding members of the band ORLEANS, passed away on July 24. Born on Long Island, New York, Hoppen was 61 years old.
Legendary hard rock singer Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, JOURNEY) has released the following statement regarding Hoppen‘s death:
“I am saddened by the unexpected loss of a friend and extraordinary talent, Mr. Larry Hoppen of the band ORLEANS. I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Larry and his brothers as an outfit named ROCK POP MASTERS alongside some of my favorite singers and people, Mark Farner, David Pack, Jimi Jamison and Joe Lynn Turner, just to name a few. Larry‘s voice is the one heard on the ORLEANS classics ‘Still The One’, ‘Dance With Me’ and ‘Love Takes Time’. He will be missed sorely! My condolences to his entire family and the music community who knew him. RIP, Larry, we shall jam again in the all-star band in the sky!”
Larry released two 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.
Larry was still touring with ORLEANS, which included his brother Lance and youngest brother Lane, and was scheduled to appear on Fox‘s nationwide “Fox Friends”‘ “All-American Concert Series” show this coming Friday, July 27.
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.