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Thursday, January 15, 2009

John Oates Voted Best Famous Aspenite for 2008


Best famous AspeniteVoters went not for the splashy part-timer, who is as likely to appear in a national tabloid as in the local paper (like runner-up Goldie Hawn). John Oates is, no doubt, famous: As half of Hall & Oates, he is part of the most successful duo in music history. But Oates is a local through and through (even if he still hits the road a good bit with Daryl Hall): he can be found telemarking down Highland Bowl, contributing his time to valley fundraisers, tending his flock of llamas and the like at his Woody Creek home. This past year found him as local — and famous — as ever, jumping on Aspen stages to jam with Blues Traveler, Camp Freddy and others. Look for Oates at the Wheeler Opera House in the months ahead, as he hosts the three-part Stories Behind the Songs series. Also still in the running: Oates’ late neighbor Hunter Thompson, who took third, nearly four years after his death.