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John Oates teamed up with fellow musician Daryl Hall to form the mega-hit duo Hall & Oates, known for songs like "Kiss on My List," "One on One" and "Out of Touch."
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Propelled at least partially by his work with Hall, Oates also worked as a producer and songwriter with other artists, and as such, landed another Top 10 hit as a co-writer on the Icehouse song "Electric Blue."
Having returned to New York City at one point, Oates decided to pack it all up after learning that he was rich in acquisitions but had limited cash. He sold his things, moved to Colorado for a simpler life and eventually started a family. In an interview with Esquire magazine,
the musician emphasized the importance of pursuing one's passion and developing skills rather than going after fame.
John Oates released a number of solo studio albums in the early 2000s, including Phunk Shui (2002), 1000 Miles of Life (2008) and Mississippi Mile (2011), in addition to live recordings. (Though Hall was the main singer of the duo, Oates sings on his own work.) In 2013, Oates released the lead single "High Maintenance," featuring pop group Hot Chelle Rae, with other singles slated to be released every month thereafter in support of the forthcoming album Good Road to Follow. The musician also has a web series, Detours With John Oates.
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Daryl Hall and John Oates met while both were studying music in Philadelphia, and soon formed the popular musical duo Hall & Oates. Blending genres of soul, rock and pop to create a uniquely catchy brand of sound, the two quickly became lauded as pop music's most successful duo, known for hits like "Sara Smile," "Private Eyes," "Out of Touch," "Kiss on My List," "Maneater," "One on One" and "Family Man."
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