Hall & Oates – She’s Gone (1973)

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Abandoned Luncheonette is the second album by the American pop music duo Hall & Oates, released in 1973, which combines folk, Philly soul, and acoustic soul. The most well-known track from the album is “She’s Gone,” one of the act’s best-loved songs; Daryl Hall, according to some reports, 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. A promotional video for “She’s Gone” was produced. This video opens with shots of the “abandoned luncheonette” (see note below about Album Cover), in which Hall & Oates sit in recliners, wearing bathrobes and singing the song. Towards the end of the video, Oates rises, dons a jacket with long cuffs, and proceeds to perform his guitar solo with his hands completely covered by the sleeves of his jacket.

[Dedicated to Kent Munch]

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