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John Oates


  1. 1.
    Turnip Song
  2. 2.
    Big Bad Wolf
  3. 3.
    Four Times Table (I Am Very Able)
  4. 4.
    Gold Coast, Australia
  5. 5.
    Health & Safety, Here in Our School.
Writing songs began for John when he was 13 years old. Early influences included The Jam, The Doors, The Beatles, Neil Diamond and Jimmy Hendrix.
With a copy of The Beatles songbook John taught himself how to play guitar and after a little assistance was able to learn songs by ear.
Using a Yamaha 4 track tape machine and Atari computers (he still has these) John began to produce his own music whilst playing in a covers band. Writing songs is a passion and something that has become easier with time - never give up. John wrote mainly pop influenced songs and collaborated with local musicians to make these as polished as possible. Many rejection letters followed but that's not the point. The creative challenge is the driving factor.
Recently John has focused on songs for a younger audience and this fits in with his day job working in music education. John writes songs to help bring learning to life. He is based in the Northwest of England and is on a quest for perfection in production and simplicity in melody.


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