Bruce Arnold, the founder of rock group Orpheus, and famous singer and composer, has died at the age of 76. Arnold’s death has been confirmed by his family, according to Deadline, although the cause is unknown. disclosure. A post with a photo of him and a caption was published on his Facebook profile:
” Bruce Lee Oliver Arnold, 1946-2022″
Arnold’s friend, bandmate and Worcester native, Howie Hersh, revealed that Bruce had been ill for a few days and died a few days ago, but his family has kept the news a secret until now. .
Bruce Arnold founded Orpheus in the late 1960s
Orpheus was created in 1967 by Bruce Arnold and rose to prominence in the 1970s. Most of the members come from folk backgrounds and have previously performed in psychedelic bands specializing in Bosstown sounds. However, the band’s genre is similar to Sunshine Pop, which was popular on AM radio in the 1960s. Stephen Martin, Jack McKennes, Eric “Snake” Gulliksen, Harry Sandler, Robert Emmet Dunlap and Kathi Taylor are among the members. band’s first. Jack and Eric were formerly members of the pop-folk group Minuteman, while Jack and Bruce previously formed the Villagers before joining forces with Harry for Orpheus.
Bruce and Eric wrote much of the band’s material and managed to release three LPs for MGM in the late 1960s, titled Brown Arms in Houston and Can’t Find the Time. Their songs and tunes are comparable to the songs and tunes of bands like Fifth Dimension, Association and Letterman.
After signing to MGM Records and Bell Records, the band recorded four albums and six singles. They have also shared the stage with The Who, Led Zeppelin, Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Janis Joplin. Bruce Arnold told the Marin Independent Magazine in 2012:
“However, Orpheus doesn’t sound like the kind of music that hip hop groups make. “We went our separate ways.”
Arnold remained a member of the band when their last album was released in 1971. Steve Martin wrote and sang the songs, and participated in MGM recordings. In 1995, a collection called The Best of Orpheus was released, which included their LPs as well as previously unreleased tracks. Worcester music veteran Walter Crockett says Bruce’s voice is familiar, smooth, and blends beautifully with other voices.
Twitter users pay tribute
Bruce Arnold has been recognized for his work with Orpheus over the years. As news of his death spread, Twitter was flooded with tributes:
Bruce Arnold, 76, dies: Founder of soft rock band Orpheus. Born in Worcester, MA, Arnold founded Orpheus in 1967. His group has recorded four albums and six singles for MGM and Bell Records. The hit “Can’t Find The Time” peaked at number 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969. 😢 pic.twitter.com/LPRuOIRkcp
– Summer (@renmusb1) October 31, 2022
RIP, Bruce Arnold, kind soul with soft, wonderful voice. #Orpheus https://t.co/MQpFDQ7EpU
– Judy Stone (@DrJudyStone) October 28, 2022
Arnold’s wife Judy Arnold, sons John Mark Arnold, Oliver Arnold and Gray Ainsworth, daughter Erin Fish, brother Les Arnold Jr. and other family members outlived him.