Happy Birthday to John Oates of Hall & Oates, who turns 64 on Sunday (April 7th)!!! Born in New York City in 1948, Oates met Daryl Hall at Philadelphia's Temple University and the pair released their first album, Whole Oates, in 1972. With 19 gold and platinum records, they're the most successful duo in rock history.
Last month, Oates released the solo digital single, "Stand Strong." The track is a part of Oates' latest solo project, called Good Road To Follow, which will feature one song released digitally every month.
John Oates says that he has his doubts whether Hall & Oates would have been as successful in today's musical climate: "Fortunately for Daryl and I, in the days when we started we were allowed to make mistakes -- we made three or four albums before we had any success. But in today's climate, if a Hall & Oates were to appear, who knows if you'd ever hear them? Not to say that what we've contributed to the music world is that great but, y'know, we have a legacy of pop music that we've created over 25 albums that would never exist in today's climate. And who knows how many amazing, talented people are out there with the potential to do who knows what, who may never get a chance to express themselves."
Oates says that although he and Hall are officially the most successful duo in the rock era, they always considered themselves part of a larger entity: "We're two musicians, we're both self-sufficient, we can work on our own. We enjoy working with other people, it brings a breath of fresh air to the creative process, from the very beginning. We never saw ourselves as a classic 'duo.' We always had a band, the band was always a major part of our sound and our creative process. So even though we're two guys, kind of, on our album covers, there was always a cast of very important people working in the background."
In 2008, Oates released his second solo album, called 1000 Miles Of Life, which was recorded in Nashville.
That same year, Hall & Oates released their CD/DVD Live At The Troubadour. The collection features performances taped in May 2008 during the duo's first show at the legendary L.A. venue in 35 years. Highlights on Hall & Oates' Live At The Troubadour include such classics as, "Family Man," "Say It Isn't So," "She's Gone," "One On One," "Sara Smile," "Maneater," "Out Of Touch," "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," "Rich Girl," "Kiss On My List," "You Make My Dreams,' "Abandoned Luncheonette," and "Private Eyes," among others.
In 2009, Hall & Oates' released their four-disc, 74-track career-spanning box set Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music Of Daryl Hall & John Oates. Alongside the duo's numerous hits from the '70s and '80s are two tracks from Hall's early group the Temptones and one from Oates' band the Masters.
Daryl Hall & John Oates tour dates (subject to change):
April 26 - Auburn Hills, MI - Callahan's Music Hall (John Oates solo show)
April 27 - Evanston, IL - SPACE (John Oates solo show)
May 3 - Memphis, TN - Beale Street Music Festival Tom Lee Park
May 5 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival at Fairgrounds Racecourse
May 23 - Catoosa, OK - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino / Tulsa
May 25 - Houston, TX - Arena Theatre
May 28 - Louisville, KY - The Louisville Palace Theatre
May 30 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
June 1 - Bossier City, LA - Horseshoe Casino & Hotel / Riverdome
June 2 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
June 15 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival (John Oates solo show)
August 2, 3 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel / Casino
August 8 - Costa Mesa, CA - The OC Fair at Pacific Amphitheatre
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