Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Arnold founded Orpheus in 1967. The group recorded four albums and six singles for MGM and Bell Records, including the hit single “Can’t Find The Time,” which peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1969.
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“Can’t Find the Time” was revived when Hootie & the Blowfish covered it in the 2000 comedy film Me, Myself & Irene, starring Jim Carrey and Renée Zellweger.
Orpheus performed with such acts as the Who, Cream, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, the Lovin’ Spoonful and Blood, Sweat & Tears.
“We were right in the midst of that,” Arnold said in an interview with the Marin Independent Journal in 2012. “But Orpheus didn’t sound like the music being made by the hip groups. We were off on our own tangent.”
Arnold was also the pastor of a Church of the Open Door congregation in Point Reyes Station from 1975 to 1987.
A statement from actor Chuck Norris was given to the Marin Independent Journal on Arnold’s passing.
“His God-given talents of writing, singing and playing the guitar were only matched by his ability to spread the gospel of Christ,” Norris said. “We will cherish our memories and know his loving family will carry on his music and message.”
The first Orpheus album in more than 50 years was being worked on at the time of Arnold’s death.
Survivors include his wife, Judy Arnold and sons John Mark Arnold, Oliver Arnold and Gray Ainsworth; his daughter Erin Fish; his brother Les Arnold Jr.; and an extended family.
No memorial plans have been revealed.
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