Friday, October 30, 2009

John Oates Reunited with Mustache After 20 Years

Posted By on Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 12:53 PM

Pop singer John Oates has re-grown his world famous mustache after a two-decade hiatus.

Oates, part of the super group Hall and Oates, debuted his new lip hair today in St. Louis where he'll headline tonight's "Stache Bash" party presented by the American Mustache Institute.

click to enlarge A big thumb's up to Oates' new handlebar mustache. - PHOTO: CHAD GARRISON
  • Photo: Chad Garrison
  • A big thumb's up to Oates' new handlebar mustache.


Oates tells Daily RFT he vividly recalls the day he shaved off the mustache he had worn throughout his meteoric rise up the pop charts in the 1980s.

click to enlarge Oates' vintage '80s 'stache.
  • Oates' vintage '80s 'stache.
"We were playing a concert in Tokyo in 1989 that Yoko Ono had arranged to commemorate the anniversary of John Lennon's death," says Oates. "I was going through a lot of personal stuff then, and after the show I was back in the hotel and just looking at myself in the bathroom mirror. I looked down toward the sink and there was a razor sitting there, and with that I shaved off the mustache and haven't look back."

Until now.

So why did Oates decide to re-grow his famous lip hair after so many years?

Answer: For a worthy cause. As the honorary entertainer for 'Stache Bash 2009, Oates will help raise thousands of dollars tonight for Challenger Baseball, a St. Louis sports league for children with disabilities.

At a ceremony this morning in a downtown grocery store (and sponsor of 'Stache Bash), Mayor Francis Slay recognized Oates in declaring October 30 "Mustache Day" in St. Louis.

PHOTO: CHAD GARRISON
  • Photo: Chad Garrison
The proclamation read, in part:

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