- Posted July 6, 2014 by
San Rafael, California
Bruce Arnold Bernard Purdie Orpheus Interview & Concert
Orpheus live band credits:
Bruce Arnold - guitar, vocals
Bernard Purdie - drums
Howie Hersh - bass
Elliot Sherman - piano, keyboards
John Arnold - guitar, vocals
Bill Shontz - saxophone, flute, vocals
Steve Kaetzel - Keyboards
The group released a total of four albums and five singles between 1968 and 1971.
Orpheus played many sold-out concerts throughout the United States, sharing the stage with artists such as The Who, Led Zeppelin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Jeff Beck, The Rascals and Janis Joplin - to name a few.
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 1968 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.
The group was one of the first contemporary music bands to be asked to perform at The Museum of Modern Art in 1969.
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.