Change of Seasons: A Memoir by John OatesJohn Oates was born at the perfect time, paralleling the birth of rock ‘n roll. Raised in a small Pennsylvania town, he was exposed to folk, blues, soul, and R&B. Meeting and teaming up with Daryl Hall in the late 1960s, they developed a style of music that was uniquely their own but never abandoned their roots. John uncovers the grit and struggle it took to secure a recording contract with the legendary Atlantic Records and chronicles the artistic twists and turns that resulted in a DJ discovering an obscure album track that would become their first hit record. This is not your typical rock and roll story. John was focused creating great music. Along the way he achieved incredible success, battling the ever-changing pop music landscape and coming to terms with complex managerial, business, and personal challenges.
Daryl Hall and John Oates have over 20 albums together, more than 60 million records sold, and 29 Top 40 hits. They are the most successful pop duo in the world and members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And yet John’s story has never been told. Relying on his many hand-written journals, he brings to light many fascinating stories spanning his entire life with a journalist’s eye and a poet’s heart.
In Change of Seasons, John shares his highs, lows, triumphs, and failures. He takes the reader on a wild ride through all the eras, personalities and music that has shaped him into what he is.
Sounds: Donnie interviewing Hall & Oates (1984)
Oates is clearly miserable. But all three men are very professional. Which means, instead of looking miserable, they just look dead. He reports back. Calls are coming in rapidly, but the questions are no good.
Especially in the duo's s output, the songwriting on the albums was usually very evenly divided, with Oates writing many of the tracks on his own along with many co-written songs. Oates also co-wrote and sang backup on the song " Electric Blue ", recorded by the Australian band Icehouse , which was a Billboard top 10 hit. He also co-wrote, produced and sang duet with the Canadian group the Parachute Club on the song "Love is Fire" which was a top 30 hit in Canada. Oates played the character "Dirty D" in episode two of series one of the eponymously named comedy TV series Garfunkel and Oates. Oates was born in New York City. His father, Al Oates, was born to an English father and Gibraltarian mother, who claimed ancient Moorish heritage.
Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist; John Oates primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals. The two write most of the songs they perform, separately or in collaboration. They achieved their greatest fame from the mids to the mids with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues. Hall and Oates have sold an estimated 40 million records, making them the best selling music duo in history. They have achieved moderate success in the United Kingdom with two UK top ten albums, spending a total of one-hundred and seventeen weeks in the UK top 75 album charts and eighty-four weeks in the top seventy-five of the UK Singles Chart. Billboard magazine had Hall and Oates at No. They were there for a band competition when gunfire rang out between two rival gangs, and in trying to escape, they ran to the same service elevator.
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 s, a move that would change the course of his life. - From their first hit in through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates ' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial success -- including six number one singles and six platinum albums. Daryl Hall began performing professionally while he was a student at Temple University.
How's that? When you are 20 years old, you need a buddy. When you're So what we do is work separately. And we're very happy about it. We're not really a classic duo in that respect," he told the newspaper.