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Best known for their hits "Still the One" and "Dance with Me," Orleans were founded in New York in 1972 by John Hall, Larry Hoppen, and Wells Kelly. Hoppen's brother Lance joined before the group signed with ABC Records in 1973; working with producers Barry Beckett and Roger Hawkins at Muscle Shoals Studios, they released their self-titled debut later that year. In 1974 Orleans recorded a self-produced album in New York's Bearsville Studio, but ABC didn't like it and dropped the group from the label, leaving Asylum to release the album Let There Be Music in 1974, spurring the group's first big hit, 1975's "Dance with Me." Their album Waking and Dreaming contained the hit "Still the One," which ABC-TV used as a theme song for that year. In 1977, Hall, who wrote many of the group's hits with his wife Johanna, left the group to pursue a solo career. He recorded two solo albums after signing with Elektra Records, and became something of a spokesman for the antinuclear power movement, helping to organize a group called MUSE (Musicians United for Safe Energy). Hall eventually worked with Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, and Bonnie Raitt to organize the No Nukes concerts at Madison Square Garden in 1979. Without Hall, Orleans went through several other personnel changes before they had a number 11 hit with "Love Takes Time," from the album Forever. Though MCA's Infinity label went bankrupt in 1980, the group persevered, performing together in clubs and releasing the album One of a Kind in 1982. In 1984 Kelly died in London of a heroin overdose, and by the early '90s Hall ditched his solo career and returned to performing with Orleans. After the group released 1994's Orleans Live, Vol. 1, and 1995's Analog Men on its own Major record label, Hall and the Hoppen brothers toured on and off during the rest of the '90s and 2000s. Hall later left the band to pursue a seat in the U.S. Congress, which he won in 2006 and was re-elected to in 2008 before losing it in 2010. Amidst plans to integrate Hall back into the band, Larry Hoppen died in the summer of 2012. ~ Richard Skelly
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Albums by
Orleans

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    Analog Men

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    Orleans

    10 songs

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    One of a Kind

    10 songs

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    Let There Be Music

    9 songs

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    Forever

    5 songs

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    Rhino Hi-Five: Orleans

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    Waking and Dreaming

    10 songs

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    Grown Up Children

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    Still the One

    12 songs

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    The Essentials

    36 songs

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    Dance with Me: The Best of Orleans

    36 songs

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    Still the One

    13 songs

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    Obscurities

    14 songs

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    Timeless Pop: Orleans

    11 songs

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    Dancin in the Moonlight

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    Dancin' In St. Thomas Moonlight (Live in Concert at Reichold Center for the Arts)

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    '75 Live: Harvard Square Theatre

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    Still the One Live: A 30th Anniversary Retrospective

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    Ride

    10 songs

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    Orleans [1980]

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    Before the Dance

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    II

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    Live - Woodstock NY 1990

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    Dance with Me: The Best of Orleans

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Top Songs by
Orleans

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Still the One
  3.   Dance With Me
  4.   Dancin' in the Moonlight
  5.   Love Lead Us Home
  6.   Miss Grace
  7.   Sweet Johanna
  8.   Sunset
  9.   Arms/Half Moon
  10.   Grown up Children
  11.   Wake Up
  12.   Money
  13.   Love Takes Time
  14.   Breakdown
  15.   Kelly
  16.   Boogie on Country Woman
  17.   One Tribe
  18.   I'm on Your Side
  19.   If We Never Meet Again
  20.   I Never Wanted to Love You
  21.   You've Given Me Something
  22.   Time Passes On
  23.   Let's Have a Good Time
  24.   Serenity
  25.   My Idea of Love
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Orleans

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    Nothing But Love Songs

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    Great Songs You Forgot

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    '70s Deep Dive

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