Doo-wop Icon Larry Chance Sadly Passed Away at 83
Doo-wop icon Larry Chance passed away on Wednesday, according to posts on the Larry Chance and the Earls Fan Club Facebook page.
Larry Figueiredo was born on October 19, 1940, in The Bronx, New York, U.S. He was a musician and the lead singer of the 1960s doo-wop group Larry Chance and the Earls, originally known as The Earls.
He was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Moving back to New York, Figueiredo originally formed his group as The High Hatters.
The band was eventually rechristened The Earls and Larry changed his last name to Chance, after the record label. In 1962, the band’s single “Remember Then” was a national hit.
Other records entered the charts, including “Life Is But a Dream” (top 10 on the local New York charts), “Never” (top 5 on the local New York charts), and “I Believe”, considered an East Coast classic.
Other recordings include “Looking For My Baby” and “Kissing”. Albums include “The Earls: Today”, “The Earls – LIVE”, “Remember Me Baby“, “Earl Change”, and “Streets of the Bronx”.
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Larry Chance Passed Away; the Band Confirmed
According to a post on the Larry Chance and the Earls Fan Club Facebook page, the legendary singer Larry Chance passed away on September 6, 2023.
Chance had a short-lived solo career in the late 1960s, but as the oldies revival scene started a strong run in the early 1970s and 1980s, the band became one of the most requested groups in the doo-wop genre and Chance returned to the group.
The group continued to perform actively and remain popular on the oldies circuit.
Chance was diagnosed with cancer in 2000, but went successfully through chemotherapy. The singer performed at the 2001 DOO WOP special in Pittsburgh, and told his fans about his experiences with his illness before he sang “I Believe“.
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