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Orleans

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, Rovi
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Their lives make their music mean so much more
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I remember the car rides with my father playing this song and many others like it on the radio (lol I am an '80 baby). I miss him more than words could ever express. It will be two years this July. He knew good music :-)
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I Like Orleans . Sing it Bros
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I love this song.kets bring back the good old days:-)
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This song was playing during one of the most memorable slow dances of my youth at school. Awesome memories of young love. :)
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positive energy song... love the end of song, wrapped up tight in a bow!
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toddsliberto
Giggiddy Giggiddy Gooo...... Awesome song!!
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Make me think of. The old days
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Love this song, Dance With Me ...
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best orleans song-doggone it rocks!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorow will be the best day of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you started reading this so don't stop . This is so scary put this on at least 5songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.
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tiger and i are danceing laughing!! enjoying our summer!!! football game saturday his first !!!
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I could listen to this song over and over. Outstanding
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wheelerkenne t h
LOVE THE SONG
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Great song. It does bring back many memories.
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lodomup
what a great summertime tune. brings back many happy memories.
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Is this REALLY the songwriting team for Dance with me???? Songwriters: BRIAN J. CULBERTSON, STEPHEN LU, ERIC ROSS MARIENTHAL
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The Dick Panthers are better.
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Awesome song!
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of you life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works

Don't read this because it actually works. You will be
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The last time I listened to this, it was a different set of songwriters, not to mention it was actually written by JON HALL!!!!!! Now it is Songwriters: LEIBER, STOLLER, TREADWELL, NAHAN, LEBISH
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jbtaurus69
best final mandolin riff ever!!!
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I remember singing this song to my ex who obviously was not the one ��






was not the one
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Their all were good and then some
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I remember rollerskatin g to this song 1975, how good it was !!!!!
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The Edmonton Oilers are a big reason why I dislike this song.

Scratch my itch. Profound
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They hurt my ears
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rodonnell72
Don't read this because it actually works. you will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. tomorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f16 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works.

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Great song by Orleans. One of my favorites but I am doubtful about the songwriters, according to Pandora..... BRIAN J. CULBERTSON, STEPHEN LU, ERIC ROSS MARIENTHAL
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jbtaurus69
The end of this song is the BEST!!!
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aprincess111 4
Don't read this cause it actually works, you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life! However if you do not post this to at least 3 song's you will die in 2 day's! Now that you've started reading this, don't stop! This is so scary, put it on at least five song's in at least 143 minutes, when done press F6 and your lover's name wil appear on your screen in big letter's, this is so scary cuz it actually works!
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ebdwoodyard
Don't read this cause it actually works, you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life! However if you do not post this to at least 3 song's you will die in 2 day's! Now that you've started reading this, don't stop! This is so scary, put it on at least five song's in at least 143 minutes, when done press F6 and your lover's name wil appear on your screen in big letter's, this is so scary cuz it actually works!
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Awesome Song:)
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tomman30
such acid times...
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Such. Great memories, love,love,it
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Brings back lots if memories
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is that the bass for van halen? I think his name was michael anthony
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so sad to hear of the passing of Larry Hoppen ealier today.
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bobonnit, just give them the thumbs down. simple fix
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someone come dance w/ me :-)
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great tunes and will forever be tops in my musical inspirations . Especially Still the one.
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t_heath
Great stuff!!
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orleans was a great band
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love it!
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jnorris647
Good stuff...gott a love it!
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Was in the 4th row center when John Hall appeared w/ Bob Seger. He jumped off the stage, ran past me playing his stick behind his back. Amazing!
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i love orleans, nostalgic for me.
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It doesn't get any better than this song
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Bio needs updating, badly
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hearmycd
Still put on great shows, (-) John Hall since he is doing the Washington thing. They have great sound on live shows. The Hoppen Brothers are excellent.
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