John Oates to perform Saturday in Wilson

January 15, 2017

By Kellie Cobb, Jonesboro Sun

WILSON — Music was a natural path for John Oates.

“It happened at such an early age. I started singing. I just loved it. When I got older I gravitated toward learning to play guitar,” the performer said. “I never really questioned it. I just did it.”

“An Evening with John Oates of Hall & Oates” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Delta School, 5101 U.S. 61, Wilson, as part of the Wilson Music Series.

Also performing will be Jim Lauderdale, a multiple Grammy and Americana Music Award-winning musician.

“He’s a very good friend of mine. We write a lot of songs together,” Oates said. “He will do his own set and then play with us.”
Oates spent his youth in a surburb of Philadelphia, where he was exposed to a variety of musical styles. His musical influences ranged from early rock ”n’ roll, folk music and primitive Appalachian Scotch-Irish ballads to bluegrass, Delta blues and rhythm and blues.

In 1966, he wrote and recorded his first single, “I Need Your Love,” which received airplay on Philadelphia’s R & B radio stations. He soon began dividing his time between being a student and professional musician.

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