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John Oates

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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  1.   Song
  2.   Santa Be Good to Me
  3.   All Good People
  4.   Phunk Shui
  5.   The Good Son
  6.   Stone Cold Love
  7.   High Maintenance by Hot Chelle Rae
  8.   Out of Touch
  9.   Pallet
  10.   Mona Lisa's Eyes
  11.   Love in a Dangerous Time
  12.   Bad Luck and Trouble
  13.   Let's Drive
  14.   Unspoken
  15.   The Head That Wears the Crown
  16.   Close
  17.   You Make My Dreams Come True
  18.   He Was a Friend of Mine
  19.   Change of Season
  20.   Six Men
  21.   I Found Love
  22.   Deep River
  23.   Time Will Tell
  24.   Color of Love
  25.   Different Kind of Groove Sometime
  26.   Edge of the World
  27.   Save Me
  28.   Lose It in Louisiana
  29.   Don't Cross Me Wrong
  30.   Searchin'
  31.   Please Send Me Someone to Love
  32.   Let It Rock
  33.   Dance Hall Girls
  34.   Come Back Baby
  35.   All Shook Up
  36.   Circle of Three
  37.   Ravens
  38.   Sending Me Angels
  39.   Electric Ladyland
  40.   Beauty
  41.   Go Deep
  42.   Soul Slide
  43.   Sometimes
  44.   It's All Aright
  45.   Stand Strong
  46.   (She's The) Shape of Things to Come
  47.   Bad Bad Love
  48.   Believe in Me
  49.   Pushing a Rock Uphill
  50.   Carved in Stone
  51.   Spinning Down
  52.   Ghost Town
  53.   1000 Miles of Life
  54.   It Girl
  55.   Little Angel
  56.   Mississippi Mile

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