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

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