2011 Nominee – Showcase Artist of the Year – 21st Annual LA Music Awards
Founded in 1967
Rock / Pop
Bruce Arnold (guitar/keyboards/vocals)
Howie Hersh (bass/keyboards/vocals)
Bernard Purdie (drums/vocals)
Elliot Sherman (piano/keyboards)
John Arnold (guitar/vocals)
Tiger Okoshi (trumpet/orchestra conductor)
MGM / Bell / Ace / Varese Sarabande / Akarma / BAM!
Best known for their 1968 hit song “Can’t Find The Time To Tell You”, Orpheus is back and coming to a city near you!
Orpheus played many sold-out concerts throughout the United States, sharing the stage with artists such as Cream, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Jeff Beck, The Rascals and Janis Joplin.
The group released a total of four albums and five singles between 1968 and 1971.
Their classic 1968 hit single, “Can’t Find the Time”, was covered in 2000 by Hootie & The Blowfish for the soundtrack to the Farrelly Brothers comedy “Me, Myself & Irene” starring Jim Carrey and Rene Zellweger.
Their second album, Ascending, reached no. 10 in the 1969 Playboy magazine Jazz and Pop Reader Poll, “Vocal Album of the Year”.
The group recorded the title track “Little Sister” for the 1969 MGM movie “Marlowe” starring James Garner, Rita Moreno and Bruce Lee.
Orpheus reunited in 1988 and performed at the Boston Music Awards with the late Brad Delp, (lead singer of the platinum selling group Boston).
Orpheus was invited to record at George Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in 1988. The material from these sessions was later included on Bruce Arnold’s CD titled “Orpheus Again” released in 2010.
In 1968 Actor/Comedian Chevy Chase toured Southern Universities with a band posing as Orpheus. Click here for Boston Globe article.
The group was one of the first contemporary music bands to be asked to perform at The Museum of Modern Art in 1969. Click here for Getty Images.
Orpheus albums and singles were released worldwide reaching the Top 20 in Brazil, Britain, France and the Philippines.
The band’s music has been lauded by entertainment industry notables such as Elvis Costello, Laura Nyro, Steely Dan, Chevy Chase, The B52’s, The Cars, Chicago, Aerosmith, Boston, Hootie & The Blowfish, Matthew Sweet, Miles Davis, John Stewart, David Freiberg, St. Etienne, Edwin McCain, Jimmy Webb, Phil Ramone, Questlove, Peter & Bobby Farrelly, Tony Bennett, The J. Geils Band, Neil Sedaka, George Lucas, John Williams, Chuck Norris, Red Peters, Jerry Harrison (The Talking Heads), Jim Carrey, Ryan Seacrest, Dan Patrick and David Lynch.
No. 10 in the 1969 Playboy Magazine Jazz & Pop Poll
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