John Oates Wiki: Singer, Net Worth, We Are The World & Facts To Know

Hall and Oates is one of the most successful duos of all time. Learn about singer John Oates' net worth and other facts here.

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John Oates Wiki: Singer, Net Worth, We Are The World & Facts To Know

Meet John Oates, Singer From Hall & Oates

John Oates is best known as one half of the top-selling pop rock duos of all time, Hall & Oates. He is distinguished in the duo by the iconic mustache he used to wear in the 1980's. He was born on April 7, 1948, in Manhattan, New York. He is the son of an Italian immigrant originally from Salerno named Ann De Palma and an English father named Al Oates. He was raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, called North Wales. John Oates has been married to his current wife, Aimee Oates, since 1995. They have one son named Tanner Oates, who was born in 1996. The family resides in both Woody Creek, Colorado as well as Nashville, Tennessee. Previously, John Oates was married to a former model named Nancy Hunter. This marriage ended primarily due to his wandering eye. Before Hall & Oates, John Oates attended Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He intended to study journalism, but pursued a career in music instead after meeting his future musical partner, Darryl Hall at Temple University. In 1972, Hall & Oates signed on with Atlantic Records and the rest, as they say, is history.

A photo of the duo Hall & Oates during their prime. Both are looking cool as a cucumber in their leather jackets. What a pair these two make!

Hall & Oates Success

After signing on with Atlantic Records, the duo Hall & Oates went on to record 21 albums to date, selling over 80 million copies worldwide. They are arguably the most successful duo ever in pop rock history. Of the 21 records they have released, 10 have been number one hits and they have also had over 20 single hits to land on the top 40 charts. Some of their most famous singles include Rich Girl, I Can't Go For That, Maneater, You Make My Dreams, Sara Smile and Private Eyes. Although John Oates primarily served the role of guitarist for the duo, he co-wrote many of the songs that would make them so successful. He also did lead vocals on some of their songs. Hall & also toured often, performing live shows all over the world. Their involvement in the charity single "We Are the World" and the original Live Aid concert gained them much population and recognition as artists. "We Are the World" was a collaboration with dozens of other famous singers and musicians, including Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson and many, many more. The hits from Hall & Oates are still played all over the radio today. The duo has a tour this year as well which will hit all major cities in the United States. John Oates did not release a solo album until 2002, which he titled Phunk Shui. His second solo album, 1000 Miles of Life, was released on August 23, 2008.

Hall & Oates were pop stars and sex symbols thanks to their success in music. With their long and voluminous hair, you can definitely tell that this was the 1980's.

John Oates Net Worth, Facts To Know

Today, John Oates has a net worth of around $40 million. However, there was a time when he was broke even after selling 80 million records with his group Hall & Oates. According to Oates, his accountant called him in to his office one day in 1987 and told him that he was flat out broke. This came as a shock to the guitarist and singer, as he and partner Darryl Hall had experienced huge successes with their albums and hits like Rich Girl and You Make My Dreams. The duo was finally able to pull themselves out of the hole after receiving millions in royalties that they never received. It was definitely a turning point however, in showing him that his high rolling lifestyle cost more than he was paying attention to. Besides having a successful career as a musician, John Oates is also now a sought-after producer. John Oates published a book of memoirs just this past year in 2017. The book, entitled A Change of Seasons, shares all the highs, lows, triumphs, and failures of John Oates is life, and tells all the stories that makes John Oates who he is today.

John Oates with his distinguishing mustache and a mischievous look for the camera here.

Last Words

John Oates along with his partner Darryl Hall truly gave us some outstanding music through their duo Hall & Oates. Even if you are too young to remember them in their heyday, there is no doubt that you have still heard at least a few of their hit songs anyway. Their music is polished, timeless and catchy and you can bet that people will be listening to their music for years to come.

John Oates these days is a much calmer version of himself. He's been through a lot in his long career, which you can read all about in his new book A Change of Seasons.