John Oates, Legendary Musician

On July 20, 2009, by AMI Staff

John Oates is many things: a solid citizen, a member of one of the most prolific duos in music history, a father, a square dancer, a Philadelphia-area native, and more.

But more importantly, John Oates is a Mustached American – or at least for much of his life up until 1990, he embraced the Mustached American lifestyle, before deserting it in a fit of shame.

Despite that, he’s got a very solid new album on the way entitled “1000 Miles of Life” as well as a new animated feature about his former life partner and mustache – J-Stache.

So, on behalf of our partners at, we thought it was a good time to catch up with John to talk about everything from his beginnings with Daryl Hall in the 1960s, his curly locks (he says it wasn’t a perm), whether he’ll headline the American Mustache Institute’s ‘Stache Bash this Fall (a very real possibility), the new record, and of course, to talk about J-Stache – his boozing, womanizing, and slightly drug-addled mouth curtain voiced by the always brilliant Dave Attel.

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