Orloff being added to Blues Hall

GLOVERSVILLE – A city native will be inducted into the Albany Blues Hall of Fame in September for his 40-year career in music.

Christopher “Doc” Orloff will be among several inductees named this year to the Albany Blues Hall of Fame in a ceremony Sept. 14 at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany.

Orloff, who turned 61 in June, said he was surprised to be inducted, and very proud.

“I feel fantastic; I was very touched,” Orloff said.

Orloff got into music as a child, thanks to his parents bringing home albums regularly from their jobs with a record company. Musicians such as Jackie Wilson and Patsy Cline were often played in the house, as well as country music.

When Orloff was 15 years old, his mother took him down to a music store in Amsterdam to buy him his first guitar, a Fender Villager.

Songs like Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” and Jimi Hendrix’s “Red House” were some of the first he learned.

“I just loved it; I had an affinity for it,” Orloff said.

At age 18, Orloff joined his first band, Larrabe Stock, playing with them for several years. After leaving the band and moving to Rochester, Orloff played with various other bands over the years.

He eventually came back to Gloversville, and currently works for the state Department of Taxation and Finance. He also plays music at the residential homes of Lexington Center.

Orloff currently plays and sings in three bands: the Doc Orloff Duo, Doc Orloff Trio and a four to six-piece band called the Doc Orloff Blues Elixir. He plays both guitar and bass.

Robin Murray, an ambassador for the hall, said she spoke with Steve Daub, a disc jockey with the radio station WRPI, who suggested nominating Orloff.

“We are all honoring, at this level, people who go out and play every weekend,” Murray said. “Everybody isn’t going to be Buddy Guy or B.B. King. These guys are what support the blues and the music.”

Orloff said he still feels like he has a lot ahead of him, saying he feels his voice has only gotten better with age.

“I still plan on playing the blues. … I feel like my voice has matured,” Orloff said.

The induction ceremony will be held Sept. 14 at Pauly’s Hotel in Albany at 2 p.m. Admission is $10.