3522. “She’s Gone” by Hall & Oates

1974 Promotional Video:

John Oates was overshadowed as a vocalist by Daryl Hall on the duo’s 80’s singles. He was a fine singer in his own right, as evidenced by his performance on their huge 70’s hit, “She’s Gone.” I also just added this song to my library because I didn’t realize it was Hall & Oates performing it. In fact, there are many great 70’s songs performed by well-known artists that I can’t recall until I either hear them or read that they performed that song. Heck, I just downloaded a bunch of Stevie Wonder albums from the 70’s and was floored by how many of the songs I knew.

This song was not a hit when it was first released, but the record company re-released it as a follow-up single to “Rich Girl” and it became a smash. I know I’m down on record companies, but very occasionally they know what they’re doing.

This song is notable as an example of the sound Hall & Oates were originally developing in the early 70’s. The voices sound the same in the 80’s, but its clear they’ve taken a major artistic turn by 1980.

Kevin Rudolf joins Daryl Hall for an excellent version of “She’s Gone” on Live From Daryl’s House.


3522. “She’s Gone” by Hall & Oates — 4 Comments

  1. If memory serves me right, there was a time when Hall actually had to force Oates to take the lead on songs. His voice is on some of their best hits.

  2. Yeah, poor John Oates is regarded as an unnecessary appendage to the group in some quarters, but the truth is he was as important as Hall, even when he wasn’t the singer.

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