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Hall and Oates

Updated on December 5, 2019

Daryl Hall and John Oates

Want a dynamic duo? How about Daryl Hall and John Oates. Their smooth, easy-listening soul has brought them enormous commercial success -- including eight number one singles and six platinum albums. Their songs are filled with strong hooks and melodies that cling to soul traditions without caving in and incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock.

Public domain photo courtesy Wikipedia/Gary Harris

Hall and Oates Discography

Main studio albums.

1972 Whole Oats

1974 War Babies

1975 Daryl Hall & John Oates

1976 Bigger Than Both of Us

1977 Beauty on a Back Street

1978 Along the Red Ledge

1979 X-Static

1980 Voices

1981 Private Eyes

1982 H2O

1984 Big Bam Boom

1988 Ooh Yeah!

1990 Change of Season

1997 Marigold Sky

2003 Do It For Love

2004 Our Kind of Soul

2006 Home for Christmas

Hall and Oates' History and Background

Daryl Hall first met John Oates at the Adelphi Ballroom in Philadelphia in 1967 while attending Temple University. Each was heading his own musical group at the time-Hall with the Temptones, and Oates with the Masters. They were there for a band competition when gunfire rang out between two rival gangs, and in trying to escape, they ran to the same service elevator. Because of their similar musical tastes, they quickly became acquainted. It would take them another two years to form a musical duo, and three years after that they had signed to Atlantic Records and released their debut.

Early on in their recording careers, Hall & Oates had trouble clearly defining their sound, alternating among folk, soul, rock, and pop. None of their early albums - Whole Oats, Abandoned Luncheonette, and War Babies - were very successful, despite being produced by such big-name producers as Arif Mardin and Todd Rundgren. They had no hit singles during this time period, though Abandoned Luncheonette contained "She's Gone." This song would be covered by Lou Rawls and Tavares before Atlantic Records re-released it in 1976. "She's Gone", as covered by Tavares, did go to number....(read more)

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"Rich Girl" Live Video - Hall and Oates First #1 Single (1977)

"Rich Girl" Lyrics

You're a rich girl, and you've gone too far

'Cause you know it don't matter anyway

You can rely on the old man's money

You can rely on the old man's money

It's a bitch girl but it's gone too far

'Cause you know it don't matter anyway

Say money but it won't get you too far

Get you too far

To see the rest of these and other lyrics, visit Hall and Oates' official site here.

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Hall and Oates charted six #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between the years of 1977-1984.

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"I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" Video - Hall and Oates Biggest #1 Single (1981).

"Maneater" Video - #1 Hit for Hall and Oates in 1982

John Oates Quote

"Our music just seemed to fit. Radio embraced it, and before we knew it, we were pop idols”.-John Oates.

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