1979 Orleans – Love Takes Time
John Hall grew up in upstate New York. He began playing piano when he turned four, studied French Horn in school, and taught himself to play guitar and bass. His college career ended early when he began working full time in clubs. He formed the group Kangaroo, which released an album in 1967. John released his own solo album in 1970.
He formed the band Orleans with Wells Kelly and Larry Hoppen in Woodstock, New York, in 1972. Larry’s brother Lance joined the group a few months later and the band an album in each of the next four years.
The band had recorded the song Dance With Me on their second album, but it was a newer version they recorded a year later that became their first top forty hit. The single reached #6 on the Hot 100 in 1975. Their next single, Still The One, then reached #5 the next year. John and his first wife (Joanna) wrote both of those hits.
John was unhappy with the direction of the group’s music and left the band in 1977 and again pursued his solo career.
The remaining members of the group replaced him by adding two more musicians and recorded a song co-written by Larry and Marilyn Mason. The single Love Takes Time put the band back on the charts and reached #11 on the hot 100 in 1979.
A few more albums came and went but the band never charted again after the end of the seventies.
John went on to co-found Musicians United for Safe Energy and he and Joanna co-wrote the song Power. At the No Nukes concert in 1979, John sang lead on the song backed up by Carly Simon, Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Bonnie Raitt and others.
Wells died in 1984, and a memorial concert celebrating his life led to the other three ex-members reuniting and touring. The band ceased to exist in 1997 but reformed again in 2002.
John was elected to the United States House of Representatives from 2006 to 2010. He rejoined Orleans in 2012 and continues to appear with the group.
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