Daryl Hall & John Oates

She's Gone

Composed by Daryl Hall / John Oates

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This elegant blue-eyed soul classic is fondly remembered as one of Hall & Oates’ best songs but it took a while for this song’s excellence to be recognized. The duo penned this ballad for Abandoned Luncheonette while commiserating over their personal heartbreaks - Hall had broken up with a girlfriend and Oates was stood up by his New Year’s Eve date. Together, they crafted a love lament that expressed cynicism and heartache via some stunning imagery: “Think I'll spend eternity in the city/let the carbon and monoxide choke my thoughts away/and pretty bodies help dissolve the memories/but they can never be what she was to me/She’s gone.” The personalized touch of this narrative inspired Hall & Oates to create an elegant yet heart-tugging melody that built from mellow, gently grooving verses into a heartfelt chorus that combines meteoric high notes with doo-wop frills. Hall & Oates made “She’s Gone” the centerpiece of their Abandoned Luncheonette album, wrapping in an arrangement that represented a state-of-the-art soul sound circa 1973: it starts with a gentle electric piano pulse underscored with wah-wah guitar shadings and synth drones, gradually adding jazzy horns and lush strings to create a gorgeous widescreen soundscape. Hall & Oates lived up to the grandeur of this sound with a vocal performance that cuts right to the listener’s heart: Oates takes the baritone part and Hall takes the tenor, blending their voices to create a seamless performance that affects a soulful croon on the verses but builds into scorching passion on the chorus. The end result was a stunner and the undisputed highlight of Abandoned Luncheonette but it took a while for the song to earn its rightful success. The single passed with little notice in 1974 and Hall & Oates had to settle for success through Tavares, who topped the r&b charts with their cover of the song. It was revived by Atlantic in 1976 - a few years after Hall & Oates had moved to RCA - to capitalize on the success they had enjoyed with “Rich Girl.” The gambit worked and the song earned its long-overdue hit status by sailing into the top ten. “She’s Gone” remains a favorite amongst fans of blue-eyed soul and remains a staple on oldies stations today.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Abandoned Luncheonette 1973 Rhino 5:13
No Goodbyes 1977 Atlantic
Max Weinberg Presents: Let There Be Drums, Vol. 3 197?
Various Artists
Rhino 5:16
No Image 1983 Sony Japan 3:27
No Image 1984 RCA/Columbia
American Dreams: American Love Songs 1987
Various Artists
Starblend
Sounds of the Seventies: 1976 - Take Two 1991
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:28
Blue-Eyed Soul 1992
Various Artists
Virgin
Masterpieces 1993
Various Artists
WEA 5:15
The Atlantic Collection 1996 Rhino 5:19
WCBS FM 101.1 25th Anniversary, Vol. 3: The 70's - Silver Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 3:24
Starting All over Again: The Best of Hall and Oates 1997 BMG/RCA 5:15
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Universal Music TV
She's Gone 1998 Collectables 5:19
Looking Back: The Best of Hall & Oates 1998 BMG / Alex / BMG International 5:15
Collection [DJ Specialist] 1998 DJ Specialist 4:31
Soul Train: The Dance Years 1976 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 5:15
Love Songs [1999 Polygram International] 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 5:12
MTV Unplugged: Superstars 2000
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
Perfect Love, Vol. 2 2000
Various Artists
Global TV 4:31
Music Men 2000
Various Artists
WEA
The Essential Collection 2001 RCA / BMG/RCA
Ecstasy on the Edge 2001 Dynamic 5:33
Greatest Hits Live 2001 RCA 5:22
No Image 2001
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 5:15
The Complete Best 2002 BMG 3:27
VH1 Behind the Music: The Daryl Hall and John Oates Collection 2002 BMG / Sony Music / Sony Music Entertainment
Cherish [Original Soundtrack] 2002
Original Soundtrack
New Line Records 3:28
Man on a Mission [Japan EP] 2003 Victor Records 5:23
All the 70's 2003
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 5:16
The '70s Sound, Vol. 2 2003
Various Artists
Flashback Records 5:20
Live in Concert 2003 U-Watch / Doyle Kos DK.E
No Image 2003
Various Artists
Realm Records 3:28
Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates 2004 BMG Heritage 5:16
Retro '70s 2004
Various Artists
Madacy 3:27
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy 2004
Original Soundtrack
Republic 5:16
Sad Songs 2004
Various Artists
Virgin
WNUA 95.5: Smooth Jazz Sampler, Vol. 17 2004
Various Artists
WNUA 4:01
Deep Groove, Vol. 1 2005
Various Artists
Calvin Records 5:14
The Essential Daryl Hall & John Oates 2005 Legacy / Sony Legacy 5:16
Ultimate 16: Lite FM Best of the '70s 2005
Various Artists
Madacy 3:27
'70s: Gold 2006
Various Artists
Hip-O / Interscope 5:14
Platinum Collection 2006 Rhino 5:16
Best of the 70s [Madacy] 2006
Various Artists
Madacy 5:20
Absolute Love 2006
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
The Seventies: Soft 70's Gold, Vol. 2 2007
Various Artists
American Beat Records 5:17
Super Hits 2007 Sony Music Distribution / Sony BMG 5:23
Groovin': The Genius of Arif Mardin 2007
Various Artists
WEA International 5:16
Best of Tearjerkers 2007
Various Artists
Apace / Best Of Records 3:27
No Image 2007
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 3:27
100 Hits: Love 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits
No Image 2007
Various Artists
WEA 5:19
The Singles 2008 BMG / Sony Music 5:16
InstantLive: Live at the Mirage - Las Vegas, NV 2008 Instant Live (Ryko) 6:40
Ultimate 70s Collection [Collectables] 2008
Various Artists
Collectables 3:26
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Rhino 5:19
Live at the Montreal Forum [DVD] 2009 Immortal 5:25
Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall & John Oates 2009 Sony Music
Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule 2009
Various Artists
Atlantic 5:15
School of "Rock 'n' Roll": 70s 2010
Various Artists
Collectables 3:26
Weekend Songs: The Autumn Collection 2010
Various Artists
Rhino 3:34
The Atlantic Albums 2011 Edsel
The Old Grey Whistle Test Live 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 5:25
70s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino
The Old Grey Whistle Test: America 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 5:13
100 Hits Love [2015] 2015
Various Aritsts
100 Hits
Live in Dublin 2015 Eagle Rock / Eagle Rock Entertainment 6:43
The Seventies Album [Rhino] 2015
Various Artists
Rhino 3:25
70 Hits of the '70s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:26
American Classics [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 5:16
Men, Women & Children (Music From the Motion Picture)
Original Soundtrack
Warner Bros. 5:14
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 5:15
No Image
Various Artists
Warner Music 3:25
Oh What a Night: 70s Classics
Various Artists
Rhino 5:13
Original Album Series: Yacht Rock
Various Artists
Rhino
Power Ballads: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino / WSM 5:15
Rhino Hi-Five: Hall & Oates Rhino 5:13
Simply Seventies
Various Artists
Simply
That Lovin' Feelin': Best of Blue-Eyed Soul
Various Artists
Green Hill Productions / Spring Hill Music
The  Ultimate Collection: Acoustic 100 Hits
Various Artists
Ultimate / Ultimate Collection
No Image
Various Artists
Collectables 5:20
WCBS FM 101.1: The Anniversary Album - The 70s
Various Artists
Collectables 3:28
No Image
Various Artists
Festival
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