John Oates

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John William Oates
April 7, 1948
New York City, NY

John Oates is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, singer, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates (with Daryl Hall).

John was born in New York City but raised in Philadelphia. 

In 1966, he recorded his first single, "I Need Your Love," with The Masters for Philadelphia-based Crimson Records. After graduating from North Penn High School in 1966, John enrolled in Temple University in Philadelphia, where he met Daryl Hall, a senior at Temple who was also a professional musician. The two were involved in several college bands, then formed the duo Hall & Oates, and by 1972, they had signed with Atlantic Records

At the time they met, each was heading his own musical group, Hall with The Temptones and Oates with The Masters. They were there for a band competition when gunfire rang out between two rival gangs, and in trying to escape, they ran to the same service elevator.
Early in their recording careers, Hall and Oates had trouble clearly defining their sound, alternating among folk, soul, rock and pop. None of their early albums - Whole Oats, Abandoned Luncheonette and War Babies  - was very successful. However, this was during a time when record companies allowed artists a chance to grow and prove themselves. 

Hall and Oates left Atlantic Records after the release of War Babies to join RCA Records. Their first album for the new label, Daryl Hall & John Oates, was their first legitimate success. It contained the ballad "Sara Smile," a song Hall wrote for his girlfriend Sara Allen. It also featured an album cover in which Hall and Oates are overly made up with cosmetic blush to the point where they looked like women, especially the long-haired and clean-shaven Hall. Hall would later say in an interview for VH1's Behind the Music that he looked like "the girl I always wanted to go out with" on that album cover. This cover was made by Pierre LaRoche, who created Ziggy Stardust for David Bowie

"Sara Smile" became their first top ten hit reaching number 4. Other hits, "She's Gone", and "Rich Girl" also were top ten hits. 

Hall and Oates have sold an estimated 40 million records, making them the best selling music duo in history. They had six No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch", as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40 including the single "You Make My Dreams". In total, they had 34 chart hits on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven RIAA platinum albums, and six RIAA gold albums. Billboard magazine named them the most successful duo of the rock era, surpassing Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers. 

John Oates co-wrote and sang on many of the band's hits. John is also an accomplished guitarist. Oates has released 5 solo albums including the 2018 critically acclaimed album "Arkansas". 

Oates is now happily married and enjoying life living in Nashville. Hall & Oates are still touring regularly.

Happy Birthday and Thank You for the music John Oates!
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