On Nov. 3, 1973, Hall & Oates released their 2nd LP “Abandoned Luncheonette.” It…
Written by megarock on November 5, 2017
On Nov. 3, 1973, Hall & Oates released their 2nd LP “Abandoned Luncheonette.” It was the most commercially successful of their first three albums of the duo’s Atlantic Records period. Twenty-nine years after its release, the album was certified platinum (over one million copies sold) by the Recording Industry Association of America. Critically acclaimed, Rolling Stone and Allmusic both gave it a 5/5.
The most well-known track from the album is “She’s Gone.” Daryl Hall, 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 John Oates explaining it was about a girlfriend that stood him up on New Year’s Eve.
While “She’s Gone” did not become a hit for Hall & Oates when it was first released as a single, the song gained momentum from two later covers, one by Lou Rawls, and one by Tavares. After the latter cover topped the Billboard R&B chart in 1974, the original was re-released and became a Top 10 pop hit in 1976, reaching #7, while the album reached #33. This song was included in Hall & Oates’ 1983 greatest hits compilation “Rock and Soul” as well as in numerous other compilations.
Would you agree with Daryl that “She’s Gone” was their best song? If not, what song would you choose?
Happy 44th Birthday to “Abandoned Luncheonette”!!