10 Questions With John Oates
Whats your fave Hall & Oates song?
Setting aside your general soul roots, am I nuts or is there a serious and specific Hall & Oates vibe on the Chi-Lites Oh Girl?
There is a connection with the soul tradition of Chicago that is very close to me personally. It has to do with the harmonies and chord changes. Plus, I was a huge Curtis Mayfield fan!
What was the first record you bought?
Probably Wake Up, Little Suzie by the Everly Brothers.
Did you have a rock & roll epiphany as a kid?
Yes, in 1954, when my folks took me to a local Pennsylvania amusement park and I saw my first live show: Bill Haley and the Comets especially when the bass player threw down his giant upright bass and rode it like a horse.
What musician would you most like to meet, and what would you ask that person?
Elvis, and Id ask him for a Cadillac.
What records are you currently listening to?
None Im in the writing mode.
How do you feel about the Bee-Gees? Were they an influence?
We toured with them in the 70s, and I think we were more of an influence on them than they were on us. Their disco-era hits were produced by Arif Mardin, who produced our first two albums.
Do you have a favorite song of all time, by anyone?
Hard question! How about People Get Ready by the Impressions.
Greatest advice for a novice songwriter?
Listen to the people you admire and try to come up to their level.
Best mistake you ever made?
Never practicing the accordion when I was 5, because I got a guitar instead!
Hall & Oates play Sunday, June 26, at the Greek Theater.
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