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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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BLUE UGLY 💩    

i can't go for that

188 days ago
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News Flash     

No can do

188 days ago
3.

OhWell    

Gay.

188 days ago
4.

Canadasux    

Wow! Now I finally have contentment in my life. But, I still luv Hall and Oats.

188 days ago
5.

News Flash     

I love love love Live At Daryl's House! The band is awesome!

188 days ago
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Dragonfly    

I thought this was common knowledge? I've been a Hall and Oates fan since the early 80s. I've heard this numerous times in interviews.

188 days ago
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spader    

30 seconds google research tells me this is old news http://www.americansongwriter.com/2009/01/hall-and-oates-soul-survivors/

188 days ago
8.

Thizz √$    

They are still around ...

188 days ago
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TuxThePenguin    

that's hilarious! love them!

188 days ago
10.

Madelaine J    

Love that!

188 days ago
11.

Chris    

And Maneater was about a cannibal. I can die happy now.

188 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

Here's an article from The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, Billboard, 1988.. It tells you all about the rich boy story:
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http://www.superseventies.com/sw_richgirl.html
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If you don't want to read the entire story, here's an excerpt:
Despite the title, it wasn't penned about a woman at all, but an ex-beau of Sara Allen's, heir to a fast food chain. "But you can't write, 'You're a rich boy' in a song, so I changed it to a girl . . .
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Honestly TMZ, try to keep up, this is from 1988.

188 days ago
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Mumra the Ever Living    

And no doubt when you say "We did some digging . . ." what you actually mean is that John Oates told you who it was when the camera was turned off.

188 days ago
14.

Gretel    

It's a bitch girl.

188 days ago
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namers    

C'mon Sara, smile!

188 days ago
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