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John Oates Finally Admits Hall Had All The Talent

John Oates Finally Admits Hall Had All The Talent

PHILADELPHIA (CAP) - In the wake of the announcement that he and his singing partner have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, John Oates has at last admitted that Darryl Hall deserves all the credit for every single Hall & Oates hit over the years.

"Yeah, I didn't pen a single word from any of our songs," said Oates during a phone interview with CAP News. "In fact, I can't even sing. But I can lip-sync Private Eyes like nobody's business."

In fact, "nobody's business" was how John Oates described the numerous requests for interviews over the years, finally hedging after CAP News threatened to go public with information about a certain incident in April, 1998.

"Yes, I was in the restroom with George Michael that day," Oates said with a heavy sigh. "Luckily I got out of there before that cop arrived. Would have hated to see my career go the way of Wham."

So how did someone with such little talent avoid joining the likes of Andrew Ridgely in obscurity? Oates credits the father of all second fiddles, Art Garfunkel, with the inspiration. He said he knew the "talent charade" that landed him a gig with Darryl Hall couldn't last forever.

"It was right around the time Abandoned Luncheonette came out that it was pretty obvious I couldn't hold a tune or play a riff," said Oates. "I mean, they had to bring in Hugh [McCracken] and Jerry [Ricks] to cover my ass on guitar, I was so bad.

"But thankfully Mr. Hall decided to stick with me, because he said having a group just named Hall sounded kinda dumb. I told him if he kept me around, I'd keep my yap shut and make him a star," said Oates. "I think I've more than done my part."

Oates said he's not sure what he's going to do "now that the gig is up." He did say, however, that a friend of his in the North Penn School District just outside Philadelphia thinks the janitor job may have opened up at his old high school.

CAP News wishes John the best of luck in his future endeavors.


- CAP News Staff

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