Tim Oates comes from a long line of singers and musicians. His grandmother, Rosemary Oates, was a pianist and singer at local theaters in Los Angeles in the 1940's. His uncle Walter Oates was 1st chair trumpter in the Glendale Symphony Orchestra in the mid 1930's. Tim's cousin, Richard "Dick" Baldwin, was a popular singer/entertainer and a one-time member of the very popular 1950's singing group, The Merry Macs. And last but certainly not least was Tim's late father, Robert C. "Bob" Oates, who was an amazingly talented singer and entertainer.
Tim's father Bob began his entertaiment career at a very young age and won several singing contests at the Hollywood Bowl in his 20's. He was a featured singing star on the TV show "Crash Corrigan's Ranch" which aired on KTTV in the 1950's. Bob went on to have a very successful career singing, whistling and yodeling in the entertainment field playing numerous concerts in the Southern California area. His whistling was featured in the 1957 film "Bridge on the River Kwai" and in the 1958 Jerry Lewis film "The Geisha Boy". He did many voice-over songs for various Hollywood celebrities including Tommy Noonan in the film "The Girl Most Likely" in 1958. Bob's yodeling expertise was heard in the "Little Old Wine Maker, Me" series of commercials for Italian Swiss Colony Wine in the 1960's.
Tim's venture into music began at the ripe old age of four when he made his first home recording singing "The Ballad of Davy Crockett". His very first paid job was acting in a role as a movie extra (see picture on Photos page) in the Elvis Presley film "Kid Galahad" at the age of 9.
Tim began performing in front of live audiences when he was in high school singing and playing guitar at several of his father's concerts throughout Southern California. His singing has been featured on radio KHPY in the Riverside, California area. He has performed at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas and has sung at the Cal Neva Hotel (formerly owned by Frank Sinatra) in North Lake Tahoe. In November 2012, Tim performed at the tropically themed Now Sapphire Riviera Resort in Cancun, Mexico.
Tim was a featured musician on his father's record album "Bob Oates Presents" on Double Oh Records which they recorded together in 1972. As a tribute to his late father who had always encouraged Tim to pursue singing, Tim recorded an album of his own called "The Song's of My Life" which was released in 2008 on Double Oh Records. The album featured many of Tim's favorite Sinatra tunes.
Tim stays very busy with his singing and entertaining and enjoys performing at weddings, clubs and events throughout Southern California. He loves all styles of music but especially swing, big band, Broadway show tunes, jazz and the Great American Standards. His musical influences are many but most importantly are his late father, Bob, and, of course, Frank Sinatra.
When Tim is not busy singing, you'll typically find him reading or swinging a hammer on his latest home-improvement project. He and his wife, Jackie Oates, are also very involved with the Pacific South Coast Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where they enjoy volunteering as crew leaders at various MS fundraising events in Orange and San Diego counties. Tim also enjoys singing The Star-Spangled Banner at many of these events.
In 2010, Tim and Jackie were honored to receive the 2010 MS Walk Volunteer of the Year award. Most recently they were the recipients of the 2013 Volunteer of the Year award presented by United Way's Combined Health Agencies (CHAD) organization in San Diego, California for their work with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. They were also awarded the 2013 Chapter Star Volunteers of the Year for the MS Society's Pacific South Coast Chapter.
Tim and Jackie have 3 grown children: Justin Oates, Shanna Blinderman and Michael Oates. They make their home in Orange County in Southern California.