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John Oates

John Oates is one half of the best-selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small town outside of Philadelphia, PA in the early 1950s, a move that would change the course of his life.

Soaking up the sounds of the 60s, John was influenced by the nascent folk scene, bluegrass, delta blues, and ragtime guitar styles, while also immersing himself in R&B legends such as Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, The Temptations, Curtis Mayfield, and Smokey Robinson and the Miracles. One of his biggest mentors was his guitar teacher Jerry Ricks, who had spent time on the road with Mississippi John Hurt and Son House, and introduced John to the music of Doc Watson and Reverend Gary Davis, passing down their signature finger and flatpicking styles.

John Oates met Daryl Hall while attending Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The two began collaborating and playing music together, marking the beginning of their historic partnership. Since their formation in the early 70s, Daryl Hall & John Oates have gone on to record 21 albums, which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. They have scored 10 number one records, over 20 Top 40 hits, and have toured the world for decades. Their involvement in the original “Live Aid” concert and the groundbreaking “We Are The World” charity recording have further established them as legendary artists, who have personally and through their music, stood the test of time.

In addition to their numerous American Music, MTV awards, and multiple Grammy nominations, in 2005 they were inducted into the American Songwriters Hall of Fame and in May of 2008 were presented the prestigious BMI Icon Award for their outstanding career achievement in songwriting. In April 2014, Hall & Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Since embarking on a long awaited solo career in 1999, John has recorded six solo albums: Phunk Shui, 100 Miles of Life, Mississippi Mile, a live album called The Bluesville Sessions, and Good Road To Follow, (which featured collaborations with Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, Vince Gill, Nathan Chapman, Jim Lauderdale, and Jerry Douglas).

In January 2015 John released Another Good Road (Warner/Elektra), a DVD docu-concert that premiered on Palladia Music Channel. Recorded live in a Nashville studio in one session, the video featured some of Music City’s finest musicians and singers as well as rare, seldom seen footage of John’s family ranch in Colorado; a glimpse into his world behind the music.

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John Oates To Headline At CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Thursday, June 27

John Oates To Headline At CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Thursday, June 27

Source: Dalmath Associates Inc.

The CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival is proud to present John Oates, co-founder of the iconic Hall and Oates, in an intimate solo headliner showon Thursday, June 27 at 8 PM. at Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre. The Festival's 21st Edition will be held June 21 to 29 at 20 indoor and outdoor venues in downtown jny: Rochester, New York. Tickets for John Oates, An Evening of Songs & Stories are $93/$83/$63/$43 plus service charges and go on sale Friday, ...



One Track Mind: John Oates, "Mississippi Mile" (2011)

One Track Mind: John Oates, "Mississippi Mile" (2011)

Source: Something Else!

You might expect that a tribute album to John Oates' youth would sound more like Gamble and Huff than the dusty Delta. After all, as the mustachioed one in Hall and Oates, he helped craft a canny update of the Philly soul sound that scored six No. 1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, from “Rich Girl" to “I Can't Go for That" to “Maneater." Yet, here was have Oates, growling and stomping his way through “Mississippi Mile," a country-inflected, ...



CD Review: The Bird and the Bee, "Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates"

CD Review: The Bird and the Bee, "Interpreting the Masters Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates"

Source: Pop Dose

f there is anything to be said of The Bird and the Bee; it is that they certainly are aware of their aesthetic; and they play to it with great aplomb. If the success of the groups paring of said vision with the Bee Gees Saturday Night Fever classic How Deep is Your Love is any indication, it is little wonder that the group has chosen to record an entire album of covers. Having already exploited the blue-eyed soul of the ...


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