Beginning with their first hit in 1974 and lasting
well into the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy
take on Philly soul brought them enormous success, including six
number one singles and six platinum albums.
Hall & Oates' music
was remarkably well-constructed and produced; at their best, their
songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul
traditions without being a slave to them by incorporating elements of
new wave and hard rock.
On their first records
"Whole Oates" (1972),
"Abandoned Luncheonette" (1973),
"War Babies" (1974)
the duo were
establishing their sound, working with producers like Arif Mardin and
Todd Rundgren and removing much of their folk influences. At the
beginning of 1974, the duo relocated from Philadelphia to New York.
After they moved to RCA in 1975, the duo landed on
its successful mixture of soul, pop and rock, scoring a Top Ten single
with "Sara Smile." The success of "Sara Smile"
prompted the re-release of "She's Gone," which rocketed into
the Top Ten as well. Released in the summer of 1976, "Bigger than the
Both of Us" was only moderately successful upon its release. The record
took off in early 1977, when "Rich Girl" became the duo's
first number one single.
Although they had several minor hits between
1977 and 1980, the albums Hall & Oates released at the end of the
decade were not as successful as their mid-'70s records. Nevertheless,
they were more adventurous, incorporating more rock elements into
their blue-eyed soul. The combination would finally pay off in late
1980, when the duo released the self-produced "Voices," the album that
marked the beginning of Hall & Oates' greatest commercial and
The first single from "Voices," a cover of the
Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling,"
reached number 12, yet it was the second single, "Kiss on My
List" that confirmed their commercial potential by becoming the
duo's second number one single; its follow-up, "You Make My
Dreams," hit number five.
They quickly released "Private Eyes" in
the summer of 1981; the record featured two number one hits,
"Private Eyes" and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," as well as the Top Ten hit "Did It in a
"I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" also spent a week at the
top of the R&B charts a rare accomplishment for a
"H20" followed in 1982 and it proved more successful than their two
previous albums, selling more than two million copies and launching their
biggest hit single, "Maneater," as well as the Top Ten hits
"One on One" and "Family Man." The following year,
the duo released a greatest-hits compilation, "Rock 'N Roll Soul, Part 1,"
that featured two new Top Ten hits the number two "Say It
Isn't So" and "Adult Education."
In April of 1984, the Recording Industry Association
of America announced that Hall & Oates had surpassed the Everly
Brothers as the most successful duo in rock history, earning a total
of 19 gold and platinum awards.
Released in October of 1984, "Big Bam
Boom" expanded their number of gold and platinum awards, selling
more than two million copies and launching four Top 40 singles, including the
number one "Out of Touch."
The title of their first album in seven years
suggests a place of wide open spaces and unlimited possibilities. "Marigold Sky" finds
Daryl Hall and John Oates building on their
pioneering rock, soul and pop musical hybrid by continuing to
creatively blur the lines between genres.
duo is one of the most popular and enduring collaborations of the rock
era according to Billboard magazine they are the best selling duo of
all time. They are eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Hit songs include --
- Do It For Love
- I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
- It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
- Kiss On My List
- Out of Touch
- Private Eyes
- Say It Isn't So
- Everything Your Heart Desires
- One On One
- Sara Smile
- Method of Modern Love
- You Make My Dreams
- Family Man
- I'll Be Around
- She's Gone
- So Close
- Forever For You
- Adult Education
- Missed Opportunity
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Genre: Rock 1
..70s, ..80s, ..90s, ..00s, ..10s
Daryl Hall --
Born: ..in Pennsylvania
Oct 11, 1946
John Oates --
Born: ..in New York
..in New York City
Apr 7, 1948
Formed: ..in Pennsylvania