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John Oates

'Rich Girl' Was a Dude

2/21/2014 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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John Oates dropped a BOMBSHELL on us in Nashville Thursday night.  The Hall and Oates iconic 1977 hit, "Rich Girl" ... is about A GUY!

Oates said the song was written by Daryl Hall ... about a guy who used to date Sara Allen -- Hall's GF at the time.  Oates said the dude was a spoiled fast food heir who was a "burn out."

We did some digging ... the guy's name is Victor Walker.  His dad owned The Walker Bros. Original Pancake House in Chicago.  He also owned 15 KFC franchises.

Oates says Hall was smart enough to know ... "Rich Guy" wouldn't fly.

Song has a whole new meaning ... right?

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kimmi    

Baba Booey Baba Booey

211 days ago
17.

Dead@27    

Best trio from the 80s: Hall, Oates, and Oates' Mustasche.

211 days ago
18.

Roman Moroni    

Mega talented - John, Daryl, and the Allen sisters - luv them!

211 days ago
19.

Vote2012    

If you read the lyrics none of that is logical, how can it be about a guy? Very strange, I think he is just playing to humor the gay population.

211 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

I guess Sara made quite the impression on Daryl. Works for me. I like Rich Girl and Sara Smile among many other Hall and Oats songs.

211 days ago
21.

dbella    

You do realize this is ancient news. Daryl Hall told this story about 30 years ago.

211 days ago
22.

smorbie    

They have always said it was about a guy. This is not news. And, no, it doesn't change the meaning of the song since the guy just inspired them.

211 days ago
23.

TMZCrazy    

Oh, please!! LOL.

211 days ago
24.

Yurra Knutz    

Maneater

211 days ago
25.

Jennifer    

It's funny they can say bitch in that song but you can't say it on this site.

210 days ago
26.

Diamond Goddess!    

I love them.

210 days ago
27.

Denese    

We all knew that. Daryl talked about it on Howard Stern once.

210 days ago
28.

Buggs-Bunny    

Great duo that made great music. I loved them! Their music will live on forever....

210 days ago
29.

Mels    

The late seventies/early eighties had to have been hell for that Victor guy. There was nowhere he could have gone to escape hearing that song all the time, everywhere.

210 days ago
30.

TheOriginalDonald    

It certainly wasn't about Paris....she wasn't born at the time :P

210 days ago
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