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.