Change of Seasons

Change of Seasons

Change of Seasons

Change of Seasons


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John 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250082664
Publisher: St. Martin's Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/26/2024
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 495
Sales rank: 363,110
File size: 87 MB
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About the Author

About The Author

JOHN OATES grew up outside of Philadelphia in the early ‘50s. At Temple University, he met fellow musician Daryl Hall. Since the two formed Hall & Oates in the early ‘70s, they have recorded 21 albums which have sold over 80 million units, making them the most successful duo in rock history. John lives in Nashville and Colorado.

CHRIS EPTING is an author and award-winning journalist who has written for many publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Loudwire.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Partnership 1

Just a Kid 6

The First Lessons 21

The First Season Serious Music-1960s 27

Rating 29

Wrestling 32

The Avalons 34

Summer of '66 39

First Year in Philly 43

The Record Deal 46

Meeting Daryl 49

Drive-In 54

Rocky Mountain. High. 56

Moon Walk 61

Valentine 64

Jerry Ricks 68

The Second Season Melody for a Memory-1970s 75

The Draft 77

Europe 81

Back in Philly 98

Making a Move 102

Desperation Leads to Action in LA 108

The Audition-11/22/71 114

Philly Mean Streets 118

The First Album. The First Real Tour. 123

Parkas 131

She's Gone 133

Abandoned Luncheonette 137

The Cover 150

Road Writing 156

War Babies 158

War Babies in the Woods 163

The Silver Album 169

Jamaica 172

Silver. and Gold. 178

1975 Part II 186

1976 191

Helen Hobbs Jordan 197

Racing. Life Accelerated. 200

Road Trip 206

All Things Must Pass 210

The Third Season Possessions, Obsessions-1980s 215

I Hear the Voices 217

T-Bone 227

Pop Artists 233

The '80s Sessions 236

Here She Comes 240

Smoking Guns, Hot to the Touch 244

A Word from Our Sponsors… 249

Video Killed Some Radio Stars 253

More Racing 260

Flying 263

July 13, 2985 267

Wall Street 276

Financial House of Cards 281

The Fourth Season Back Together Again-The 1990s 291

"Guys Like You" 293

The Mustache 299

Aspen Return 303

Inner Athlete 307

Going to the Chapel 315

Prelude to Reclamation 317

Chickens 319

Jasper 323

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch 327

Build a House, Birth a Baby 331

Midnight, June 19, 1996 333

Hawk 340

Finally Meeting Hunter 346

Ashes in the Sky 353

Money, Money, Money 358

Show Us the Money 361

When You Start to See the Light at the End of the Tunnel 363

Peak Perspective 366

Afterword-Whole Oates 369

Acknowledgments 375

Index 379

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