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John Oates
American musician and member of Hall & Oates

John Oates

John Oates
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Intro American musician and member of Hall & Oates
A.K.A. John William Oates
Is Musician Singer Guitarist
From United States of America
Field Music
Gender male
Birth 7 April 1949, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Age 73 years
Star sign Aries
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John William Oates (born April 7, 1948) is an American rock, R&B and soul guitarist, musician, songwriter and record producer best known as half of the rock and soul duo, Hall & Oates (with Daryl Hall).

Although Oates's main role in the duo was guitarist, he also co-wrote many of the Top 10 songs that they recorded, including (with Hall): "Sara Smile" (the song refers to Hall's then-girlfriend, Sara Allen), "She's Gone", and "Out of Touch", as well as (with Allen and Hall): "You Make My Dreams", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Adult Education". He also sang lead vocals on several more singles in the Hot 100, such as "How Does It Feel to Be Back", "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (a remake of the 1965 song performed by The Righteous Brothers that was written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil), on which Oates shared lead vocals with Hall, and "Possession Obsession" (with Allen & Hall).

In 1986 Oates contributed the song "(She's the) Shape of Things to Come" on the soundtrack to the 1986 film, "About Last Night". Oates also co-wrote and sang backup on the song "Electric Blue", recorded by the Australian band Icehouse, which was a Billboard Top Ten hit. He also co-wrote, produced and sang duet with the Canadian group The Parachute Club on the 1987 song "Love is Fire" which was a Top 30 hit in Canada.

Oates was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004, and in 2014, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, as a member of Hall & Oates. His memoir, Change of Seasons, was published in 2017.

Early life

Oates was born in New York City. His mother, Ann De Palma, was an Italian immigrant originally from Salerno. His father, Al Oates, was born to an English father and Gibraltarian mother, who claimed ancient Moorish heritage. He was raised in North Wales, Pennsylvania, a suburb of 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. Hall & Oates went on to record 21 albums (to date), which have sold over 80 million units worldwide, making them arguably the most successful duo in pop–rock history. They have scored ten number-one records and over 20 Top 40 hits and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original Live Aid concert and the charity single "We Are the World", both in 1985, established them further as artists. Their influence on modern American pop music and considerable contributions have been acknowledged by numerous contemporary bands, including Gym Class Heroes and The Killers.

In 1983, Oates was asked whether he regretted not pursuing his degree in journalism. He replied that he did not—and admitted that he had in fact never intended to finish it.

Despite 30 years as a chart-topping performer and sought-after producer, Oates did not release a solo album until 2002's Phunk Shui.

Oates took part, along with Jamie Cullum, in the song "Greatest Mistake" by Handsome Boy Modeling School. The song appears on the 2004 album White People.

Oates's second solo album, 1000 Miles of Life, was released on August 23, 2008.

As reported by Billboard, Oates will be starring in an animated series called J.Stache, created by Evan Duby at Primary Wave Music Publishing.

In March 2010, Oates played with the indie rock band The Bird and the Bee as a surprise guest. The show was a medley of The Bird and the Bee songs, as well as classic Hall & Oates. The performance was dedicated to H&O bassist T-Bone Wolk who died on February 27, 2010.

On October 1, 2011, Margo Rey charted at #24 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks with the song "Let the Rain", which was co-written by John Oates.

On March 11, 2013, Oates released a new single, "Stand Strong", which he co-wrote with Teddy Morgan. "Stand Strong" is part of Oates's newest project, "Good Road To Follow", a set of original songs that will be released as digital singles, one after the other. In 2015, Oates released Another Good Road, a DVD and Live CD combination via PS Records / Warner Elektra, which also debuted as a television special on Palladia music channel. The DVD was shot live in a recording studio in Nashville, Tennessee, and features rare footage of his home in Woody Creek, Colorado.

His memoir, Change of Seasons (9781250082657), was published on March 28, 2017 by St. Martin's Press.

John Oates has employed the use of many instruments and effects throughout his musical career and endorses several manufactures and brands. Some of the companies endorsed by John Oates include, Taylor guitars, Voyage-Air guitars, Neunaber Audio Effects, LR Baggs, and Fishman.

Personal life

Oates has been married twice. He and his second wife Aimee Oates have a son, Tanner, who was born in 1996. They reside in Woody Creek, Colorado as well as Nashville, Tennessee.

Hall & Oates songs featuring John Oates on lead vocal

  • "All Our Love" (co-lead vocal) from Whole Oats
  • "Southeast City Window" from Whole Oats
  • "Thank You For ..." from Whole Oats
  • "Lily (Are You Happy)" (co-lead vocal) from Whole Oats
  • "Had I Known You Better Then" from Abandoned Luncheonette
  • "Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)" from Abandoned Luncheonette
  • "She's Gone" (co-lead vocal) from Abandoned Luncheonette
  • "I'm Just A Kid (Don't Make Me Feel Like A Man)" from Abandoned Luncheonette
  • "Lady Rain" (co-lead vocal) from Abandoned Luncheonette
  • "Can't Stop The Music (He Played It Much Too Long)" from War Babies
  • "Is it a Star" from War Babies
  • "Past Times Behind" from "The Atlantic Collection" compilation
  • "Camellia" from Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • "Alone Too Long" from Daryl Hall & John Oates
  • "Back Together Again" from Bigger Than Both of Us
  • "Crazy Eyes" from Bigger Than Both of Us
  • "You'll Never Learn" from Bigger Than Both of Us
  • "The Emptyness" from Beauty on a Back Street
  • "Love Hurts (Love Heals)" from Beauty on a Back Street
  • "The Girl Who Used to Be" from Beauty on a Back Street
  • "Melody for a Memory" from Along the Red Ledge
  • "Serious Music" from Along the Red Ledge
  • "Pleasure Beach" from Along the Red Ledge
  • "Portable Radio" from X-Static
  • "All You Want Is Heaven" from X-Static
  • "Bebop/Drop" from X-Static
  • "How Does It Feel To Be Back" from Voices
  • "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (co-lead vocal) from Voices
  • "Africa" from Voices
  • "Mano A Mano" from Private Eyes
  • "Friday Let Me Down" from Private Eyes
  • "Italian Girls" from H2O
  • "At Tension" from H2O
  • "Jingle Bell Rock" from 1983 Christmas single (flip-side featured another version with lead vocals by Daryl Hall)
  • "Possession Obsession" from Big Bam Boom
  • "Cold Dark And Yesterday" from Big Bam Boom
  • "Rockability" (co-lead vocal) from Ooh Yeah!
  • "Keep on Pushin' Love" from Ooh Yeah!
  • "Change of Season" (co-lead vocal) from Change of Season
  • "Only Love" from Change of Season
  • "Time Won't Pass Me By" from Marigold Sky
  • "War of Words" from Marigold Sky
  • "Someday We'll Know" from Do It for Love
  • "Love in a Dangerous Time" from Do It for Love
  • "Ooh Child" from Our Kind of Soul
  • "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get" from Our Kind of Soul
  • "No Child Should Ever Cry on Christmas" from Home for Christmas
  • "The Christmas Song" from Home for Christmas
  • "Don't Go Out" from "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" box set
  • "All the Way from Philadelphia" (co-lead vocal) from "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" box set
  • "I Want Someone" (co-lead vocal) from "Do What You Want, Be What You Are" box set


  • Phunk Shui (CD that was released multiple times, each adding bonus tracks)
  • John Oates: Live at the Historic Wheeler Opera House (DVD and bonus live CD) (2004)
  • John Oates Solo – The Album, The Concert (DualDisc: CD side of Phunk Shui (14 track version), DVD side Live at the Historic Wheeler Opera House) (bonus live CD that came with the original above the DVD is not included) (2006)
  • 1000 Miles of Life (2008)
  • Mississippi Mile (2011)
  • The Bluesville Sessions (2012)
  • Good Road To Follow (2013)
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