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John Oates

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Although he's played on, penned songs for, and/or produced other artists' recordings, singer/guitarist John Oates is best known as one half of one of rock's most successful duos of all time, Hall & Oates. Born on April 7, 1949 in New York City, Oates attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania during the '60s, where he met fellow student Daryl Hall. The duo quickly realized that they shared a love of rock & roll and Philly soul, and teamed up in various doo wop groups. After the two were briefly members of the group Gulliver, Hall & Oates decided to make a go of it on their own, and signed a record deal with Atlantic in 1972. It took them several years to carve their niche, but by the mid-'70s, they had scored major hits with "Sara Smile" and "Rich Girl." But it was the early '80s that would become the pair's most successful period, as they racked up numerous hits (including "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "Maneater," and "Say It Isn't So," to name but a few), and unquestionably became one of the U.S.' top pop/rock groups. As a result, Oates became a sought-after producer by other artists, as he worked with Eddie Kendricks, David Ruffin, the Parachute Club, and Chris Sheppard, and guested on recordings by Taj Mahal, Tina B, and Icehouse, among others. Numerous artists have also recorded songs that either Oates penned on his own (or covers of Hall & Oates tunes) over the years, including After 7, Denny Doherty, and Brian McKnight. 2002 saw the release of Oates' very first solo album, Phunk Shui (pronounced "Funk Schway"). Phunk Shui saw several different incarnations over the next few years and Oates supported the album in other ways, including regular gigging, some of which was captured on subsequent live releases. He released his second solo album, the reflective 1000 Miles of Life, in 2008 and then took an unexpected turn into blues on 2011's Mississippi Mile; the 2012 live set The Bluesville Sessions was recorded on that album's supporting tour. Oates and Hall were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in early 2014, and around the time of the ceremony, Oates released Good Road to Follow, a collection of three five-song EPs. The next year, his supporting tour for the EPs was documented on the home video release Another Good Road. ~ Greg Prato
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  2.   Santa Be Good to Me
  3.   Out of Touch
  4.   Deep River
  5.   Phunk Shui
  6.   Six Men
  7.   Save Me
  8.   Believe in Me
  9.   I Found Love
  10.   Mississippi Mile
  11.   All Shook Up
  12.   I Blinked Once by Bekka Bramlett
  13.   Dance Hall Girls
  14.   He Was a Friend of Mine
  15.   Bad Bad Love
  16.   Close
  17.   Come Back Baby
  18.   (She's The) Shape of Things to Come
  19.   Bad Luck and Trouble
  20.   Edge of the World
  21.   Lose It in Louisiana
  22.   The Head That Wears the Crown
  23.   High Maintenance by Hot Chelle Rae
  24.   Stand Strong
  25.   Please Send Me Someone to Love
  26.   Pallet
  27.   Circle of Three
  28.   Carved in Stone
  29.   Sometimes
  30.   Spinning Down
  31.   Ravens
  32.   The Good Son
  33.   Time Will Tell
  34.   Beauty
  35.   Little Angel
  36.   Soul Slide
  37.   Unspoken
  38.   All Good People
  39.   Color of Love
  40.   Stone Cold Love
  41.   Mona Lisa's Eyes
  42.   It Girl
  43.   Let's Drive
  44.   Searchin'
  45.   Change of Season
  46.   Sending Me Angels
  47.   Ghost Town
  48.   Love in a Dangerous Time
  49.   Go Deep
  50.   Electric Ladyland
  51.   1000 Miles of Life
  52.   Don't Cross Me Wrong
  53.   It's All Aright
  54.   Different Kind of Groove Sometime
  55.   Let It Rock
  56.   Pushing a Rock Uphill
  57.   You Make My Dreams Come True
  58.   Arkansas

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