She's Gone (Hall & Oates song)

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"She's Gone"
Hall & Oates - She's Gone.png
Single by Hall & Oates
from the album Abandoned Luncheonette
B-side "I'm Just a Kid (Don't Make Me Feel Like a Man)"
Released February 9, 1974
(re-released July 1976)
Format 7″
Recorded 1973
Length 3:24 (single version)
5:15 (album version)
Label Atlantic
Songwriter(s) Daryl Hall and John Oates
Producer(s) Arif Mardin
Hall & Oates singles chronology
"Good Night & Good Morning"
"She's Gone"
"When the Morning Comes"

"Good Night & Good Morning"
"She's Gone"
"When the Morning Comes"

"Sara Smile"
(1976) Sara Smile1976

"She's Gone" (reissue)
(1976) String Module Error: Match not found1976

"Do What You Want, Be What You Are"
(1976) Do What You Want, Be What You Are1976

"She's Gone" is a song written and originally performed by pop music duo Daryl Hall and John Oates. It was included on their 1973 album, Abandoned Luncheonette.

Background/Hall & Oates version[edit]

The song was released as a single in 1974. It was a major hit in Hall & Oates' home market of Philadelphia[citation needed] and peaked nationally at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Two years later in 1976, after Hall & Oates had moved to RCA Records and had scored with the hit "Sara Smile," Atlantic Records re-released the original single under a different number (Atlantic 3332). This time "She's Gone" was a hit, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the R&B chart, the song peaked at #93.[1] On the Radio & Records airplay chart the song debuted at #37 on the August 13, 1976 issue, after six weeks it reached and peaked at #8 staying there for three weeks and four weeks on the top 10 of the chart and remained on it for thirteen.[2]

This song was included on its single version in Hall & Oates' 1983 greatest hits compilation Rock and Soul Part 1 and the album version is included in numerous other compilations such as The Singles (2008), The Essential (2005), Looking Back: The Best Of (1991) but the song is missing on the albums The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (2001) and Playlist: The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates (2008).

Daryl Hall, according to some reports,[citation needed] has called it the best song he and John Oates wrote together. Both performers were undergoing romantic problems at the time the song was written. A 1985 article in Rolling Stone said the song was about Hall's divorce from wife Bryna Lublin, while VH1's Behind the Music episode on the duo showed Oates explaining it was about a girlfriend that stood him up on New Year's Eve.

John Oates spoke of the song in a 2009 interview with American Songwriter: "I sat down with the guitar and sang the chorus of 'She's Gone' basically the way that it is. Then I played it for Daryl because I didn't have anything else. It just happened. I said, 'Hey, I’ve got this really great chorus.' And we wrote the verses together. 'She’s Gone' is a song that endures."[full citation needed]

Promotional video[edit]

"To this day, I think (the video) its one of the weirdest and coolest things we’ve ever done. A very bizarre and comical pre-MTV music video that has actually developed a cult following since we released it a few years ago."

John Oates on his autobiography.[3]

To promote the song, Hall & Oates were asked to lip sync “She’s Gone” for a teenage TV dance show broadcast out of Atlantic City, New Jersey. They refused, because they didn’t want to pretend to sing the song. A story was crafted that, they were not available to appear live that day for the show, but that they would be willing to instead videotape something for them to air. They asked if it would be possible to come in and shoot something at their WPVI Philadelphia studio prior to the show.[4][3]

The promotional video for "She's Gone," directed by John Oates' sister,[5] opens with shots of the "abandoned luncheonette" (see note about Album Cover on Abandoned Luncheonette) in which Hall & Oates sit in recliners, Hall wearing a robe and women's platform sandals, Oates wearing a sleeveless tuxedo shirt and pants and singing the song while a woman in a long dress (played by Sara Allen) and a man dressed in a shiny red devil's costume (played by Randy Hoffman, the band's tour manager)[6] repeatedly walk past the pair. Daryl Hall only lip syncs the portions of the song that he sings in harmony with John Oates during the video (none of the parts where he sings solo), while John Oates does lip sync his solo parts. Towards the end of the video, Oates rises, dons a jacket with long cuffs, and proceeds to emulate the song's guitar solo with his hands completely covered by the sleeves of his jacket, which makes it appear as if he has fish fins for hands.[7]

John Oates later explained that Hall & Oates had made the video to be shown at a television dance show based in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The duo had initially been asked to perform the song live on the show, but feeling that it was not the right type of song to perform live for the occasion, they decided to lip sync the song in a unique format instead.[5] (In an earlier Oates interview, he insinuated that they were in fact asked to lip sync the performance of the song in a "live" context, but that they were against that idea and opted to create a video to be aired during the broadcast.)[8] According to Oates, the dance show declined to broadcast the video.[5][8] The dance show disliked the video, they refused to run the piece, called Atlantic Records and told them that we were insane and would never be allowed on Philadelphia TV again and they also threatened to try and get the record banned on Philadelphia radio stations.[3] According to John Oates it’s the best Hall & Oates video of all time calling it "a timepiece that really illustrates just how experimental we could be".[3] The video was described by Mental Floss as "The Craziest Hall & Oates Video Ever".[9]

Chart performance[edit]



Tavares version[edit]

"She's Gone"
Single by Tavares
from the album Hard Core Poetry
B-side "To Love You"
Released September 1974
Format 7″
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul
Length 3:38
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Daryl Hall and John Oates
Producer(s) Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
Tavares singles chronology
"Too Late"
"She's Gone"
"Remember What I Told You to Forget"

"Too Late"
"She's Gone"
"Remember What I Told You to Forget"

In 1974, the American R&B vocal group Tavares covered the song for their album, Hard Core Poetry. The brothers' version of the song became a hit, topping the U.S. R&B chart and peaking at #50 on the Hot 100.[21]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 50
U.S. Billboard Hot Soul Singles 1

Other versions[edit]

Before Tavares cut their version, Al Wilson had cut a version. It was intended to be released as a single for him but instead was song was given to Lou Rawls to record. Wilson ended up having "La La Peace Song" released, which was recorded at the same session. Between the Wilson and Rawls recording sessions, Tavares had their version recorded.[22] By November 2, 1974, Rawls's version was at #95, at its 3rd week in the Billboard Soul chart.[23]


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  3. ^ a b c d Oates, John (2017). "Video Killed Some Radio Stars". Change of Seasons: A Memoir (e-Book version). 
  4. ^ "A Brief History Of Hall & Oates' Insane 'She's Gone' Music Video". UPROXX. 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2017-07-08. 
  5. ^ a b c Locker, Melissa (2015-07-09). "Q&'80s: John Oates on the Legacy of Hall & Oates' 'She's Gone'" Retrieved 1-16-2016.
  6. ^ "John Oates' favorite Hall and Oates video might surprise you: 'One that we did totally on our own'". Something Else!. 2014-12-05. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
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  8. ^ a b Ryan (2009-08-14). "John Oates: The Losanjealous Interview: "The Mustache is Not Me, and I'm Not the Mustache…"". Losanjealous. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  9. ^ Higgins, Chris (2012-04-26). "The Craziest Hall & Oates Video Ever". Mental Floss. Retrieved 2015-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Top RPM Singles: Issue 5110A." RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  13. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
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  15. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2017.
  16. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 30, 1976
  17. ^ "Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Archived from the original on March 19, 2016. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976". Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  19. ^ Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1976
  20. ^ Hall & Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette Retrieved 9-17-2016.
  21. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 567. 
  22. ^ Billboard, October 12, 1974 - Page 3 General News, THREE DISCS INVOLVED, Davis Pulls Out the Covers By JIM FISHEL
  23. ^ Billboard, November 2, 1974 - Page 24 Billboard Hot Soul Singles


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