Posted by themusicsover on October 28, 2009
April 7, 1949 – October 28, 1984
Wells Kelly was the founding drummer for Orleans, a soft rock band that formed in 1972. The band is best remembered for their ’70s pop hits, “Still the One” and “Dance With Me.” As early as 1977, “Still the One” has been played on numerous television shows and films. Over the course of their career, Orleans were a popular opening act for the likes of Jackson Browne, Little Feat and Melissa Manchester. After his run with Orleans, Kelly played with Steve Forbert, Clarence Clemons, and Meat Loaf. It was while on tour with Meat Loaf that Kelly, 34, was found dead of asphyxiation.