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John Oates on pop music longevity — and never being out of touch - Source Boston globe

Posted on Jun 06,2018
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Hall and Oates recently released “Philly Forget Me Not,” their first new song since 2002.

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By Ken Capobianco

Over the course of their near 50-year collaboration, Daryl Hall and John Oates have become the most successful pop duo in history, having sold more than 60 million records with 29 Top 40 hits, but a funny thing happened to them over the past decade. While their musical peers from their generation either quietly faded away or drifted into irrelevance, the blue-eyed-soul singer-songwriters became even more popular despite not releasing an album in 16 years. Hall and Oates, who play the Xfinity Center in Mansfield Thursday, have expanded their fan base, reaching new listeners as they continue to sell out arena shows around the world.

It’s a pretty nifty trick that few acts have managed to pull off in an industry with a very short memory. John Oates, though, doesn’t think there is much of a mystery behind the duo’s robust career resurgence. “It’s because of the songs,” he says via phone recently. “The songs stand the test of time and continue to do so. They reach across generations, and ultimately, that is the mark of a good song. Never underestimate the power of a good song to move people.”

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