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John Oates, one-half of the successful musical duo ‘Hall & Oates,’ is a well-known American singer, guitarist, composer, and record producer. Daryl Hall was the lead vocalist, and Oates was the guitarist. However, Oates frequently served as the duo’s songwriter, penning several chartbusters. Oates co-wrote songs like ‘Rich Girl,’ ‘Kiss on My List,’ ‘Private Eyes,’ ‘I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do),’ ‘Maneater,’ and ‘Out of Touch’ with Hall. Hall & Oates had 34 number-one songs on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. They had seven platinum records and six gold albums certified by the RIAA. Hall & Oates became regarded as the most successful rock artists of the era. Separately, Oates released songs like ‘How Does It Feel to Be Back’ and ‘You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,’ both of which made the ‘Hot 100’ list. Hall & Oates was voted the greatest music duo of all time by Billboard magazine. Oates wrote the tune “Shape of Things to Come” for the film “About Last Night” in 1986. He also co-worked the tune ‘Electric Blue’ which was produced by the Australian band ‘Icehouse’. He was engaged in the writing, singing, and producing parts of the song ‘Love is Fire’ by the Canadian group ‘The Parachute Club,’ which was one of Canada’s top 30 hits.

Childhood and Adolescence

John William Oates was born in New York City on April 7, 1948, to Ann De Palma and Al Oates. His mother was Italian, and his father was half English, half Gibraltarian. He grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he began singing and playing the instrument as a child.

In 1966, he graduated from North Penn High School and released his first song, ‘I Need Your Love,’ on Crimson Records. After finishing high school that year, he enrolled at Temple University, where he encountered his future bandmate, Daryl Hall.

John Oates’s Career

Daryl Hall was a senior at Temple University when Oates and Hall first met at the Adelphi Ballroom in Philadelphia in 1967, and they were both heading separate music groups. The Temptones were Oates’ band, while the Masters were Hall’s ensemble. They first met in a service elevator, which they both used to flee a gunfight that broke out during a band competition.

The two men met through music and played in a number of college bands before forming ‘Hall & Oates in 1970.
In 1972, Atlantic Records hired John Oates and Daryl Hall. The pair struggled to define their musical genre because they experimented with various styles such as folk, soul, rock, and pop.

The early recordings ‘Whole Oats,’ ‘Abandoned Luncheonette,’ and ‘War Babies’ were not well received. However, the single ‘She’s Gone’ from ‘Abandoned Luncheonette’ was a huge success, reaching number one on the R&B charts in 1974.

Hall and Oates have published 21 albums and sold 80 million records worldwide, making them the most successful duo in the pop-rock business. Oates released his first solo album, ‘Phunk Shui,’ in 2002, after more than three decades in the music business. ‘1000 Miles of Life,’ ‘Mississippi Mile,’ and ‘Good Road to Follow’ were his next solo recordings, released in 2008, 2011, and 2013, respectively. Oates and Jamie Cullum collaborated on the single ‘Greatest Mistake’ by Handsome Boy Modeling School, which appeared on the 2004 album White People.

In March 2010, Oates made a guest appearance and performed alongside the indie rock band ‘The Bird and the Bee’ on a performance featuring a medley of The Bird and the Bee songs and classic Hall & Oates music. In the same year, he founded ‘7908: The Aspen Songwriters Festival’ at Aspen’s Wheeler Opera House.
In 2013, Oates released the song ‘High Maintenance,’ which featured pop group Hot Chelle Rae.

The book ‘Change of Seasons,’ co-written by Oates and Chris Epting, was published in April 2017 and quickly became an Amazon best-seller. The reviewers liked it as well. His solo album ‘Arkansas,’ published in February 2018, was a tribute to the ‘Natural State’. This album contains songs from several styles, including blues, jazz, and gospel music from the 1920s.

Awards and Recognition

John Oates was formally inducted into the ‘Songwriters Hall of Fame’ in 2004.
In 2014, Oates was admitted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” as a member of Hall & Oates.
On September 2, 2016, Hall & Oates was honored with a plaque on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal History and Legacy

In 1983, John Oates married Ford model Nancy Hunter and they resided in New York City. However, Nancy allegedly became tired of living in her husband’s shadow, and the couple divorced in 1988. In 1994, Oates married Aimee Pommier. Tanner, a newborn boy born in 1996, was the couple’s first child. Oates resides in either Woody Creek, Colorado, or Nashville, Tennessee, with his family.

Estimated Net Worth

John Oates is a $60 million net-worth American rock, R&B, and soul guitarist, musician, composer, and producer. John Oates is best known as a member of the music group Hall and Oates, along with Daryl Hall.


The name ‘Hall & Oates’ was detested by both John Oates and Daryl Hall. Oates once stated in an interview that all of their records have always been labeled ‘Daryl Hall and John Oates,’ but no one notices. Oates revealed that whenever the duo had creative disagreements, they would attempt both methods and choose the one that sounded better.

To avoid succumbing to temptations, Oates made certain that his family accompanied him on all of his travels. His kid was educated at home. Daryl Hall wrote ‘She’s Gone’ for his first wife, Bryna Lublin. The tune was also inspired by an incident with Oates in which he was dumped on a New Year’s Eve date. Oates made a guest performance as ‘Dirty D’ in the TV show ‘Garfunkel and Oates in 2014.