She's Gone
She's Gone cover
{{{Type}}} by Hall & Oates
Released February 9, 1974
(re-released July 1976)
Recorded 1973
Length 3:24 (single version)
5:15 (album version)
Label Atlantic
Producer Arif Mardin
Hall & Oates chronology
"Good Night & Good Morning"
"She's Gone"
"When the Morning Comes"
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"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 versionEdit

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."Template:Full citation needed

Promotional videoEdit

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

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.[4] 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".[4] The video was described by Mental Floss as "The Craziest Hall & Oates Video Ever".[9]

Chart performanceEdit

Weekly singles chartsEdit

Chart (1974) Peak
US Billboard Hot 100 60
Chart (1976) Peak
US Radio & Records CHR/Pop Airplay Chart[10][2] 8
US Cash Box Top 100[11] 6

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1976) Rank
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[12] 30
US Billboard Hot 100[13] 80
US Cash Box Top 100[14] 57



Tavares versionEdit

She's Gone
{{{Type}}} by Tavares
Released September 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Soul
Length 3:38
Label Capitol
Producer Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter
Tavares chronology
"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.[16]

Chart performanceEdit

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


  1. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 242.
  2. 2.0 2.1
  3. "A Brief History Of Hall & Oates’ Insane ‘She’s Gone’ Music Video" (in en-US). UPROXX. 2015-04-08.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Oates, John (2017). "Video Killed Some Radio Stars". Change of Seasons: A Memoir (e-Book version).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 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’ (2014-12-05). Retrieved on October 12, 2015.
  7. Video Hangover: Hall & Oates – "She’s Gone" (2008-01-29). Retrieved on October 12, 2015.
  8. 8.0 8.1 John Oates: The Losanjealous Interview: "The Mustache is Not Me, and I’m Not the Mustache…" (2009-08-14). Retrieved on October 12, 2015.
  9. The Craziest Hall & Oates Video Ever (2012-04-26). Retrieved on October 12, 2015.
  11. Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 30, 1976
  12. Top Singles – Volume 26, No. 14 & 15, January 08 1977. RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved on February 3, 2017.
  13. Top 100 Hits of 1976/Top 100 Songs of 1976. Retrieved on October 10, 2016.
  14. Cash Box Year-End Charts: Top 100 Pop Singles, December 25, 1976
  15. Hall & Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette Retrieved 9-17-2016.
  16. Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 567.



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