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Song Anniversary: Daryl Hall and John Oates’ She’s Gone

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In February 1974, Daryl Hall and John Oates still had yet to take off. Yet at this time, they would release one of their most enduring classics songs of their careers, as well as all time.

The song was “She’s Gone”, and it was the breakout single from the duo’s 1973 album Abandoned Luncheonette. Written by Hall & Oates and produced by Arif Madrin, It initially became a major hit in the Philadelphia area (where the duo hailed from), but nationally it was a minor hit, peaking at number 60 on the charts. But soon afterwards, the song would see two covers; one from the R&B group Tavares, whose version topped the R&B charts but also became a minor pop hit (like the original). Another came from Low Rawls, whose album shared the title of the song.

Two years later, after Hall and Oates scored their first top ten pop hit “Sara Smile”, “She’s Gone” was re-released, and this time it became a number seven pop hit. Becoming one of Hall and Oates’s signature tunes, the song would appear in the duo’s numerous compilations including 1983’s Rock and Soul. In pop culture, “She’s Gone was featured numerous times in TV and film, including a sketch on Late Night With Conan O'Brien, and in the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

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