Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall & John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. They have become such musical influences on some of today’s popular artists that the September 2006 cover of “Spin Magazine’s” headline read: “Why Hall and Oates are the New Velvet Underground.” One of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies to neo-soul and rap-rock fusions.
Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegun in the 1970s, Daryl Hall and John Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. Their 1973 debut album “Abandoned Luncheonette” yielded the Top 10 single “She’s Gone,” which also went to #1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Taveras. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, “War Babies” before they left and promptly signed to RCA. Their tenure at RCA would catapult the duo to international superstardom.
From the mid-‘70s to the mid-‘80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl,” “Kiss on my List,” “Private Eyes,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “Maneater” and “Out of Touch” from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums. The era would also produce an additional five top 10 singles, “Sara Smile,” “One on One,” “You Make My Dreams,” “Say It Isn’t So” and “Method of Modern Love.”
Daryl also wrote the H&O single “Everytime You Go Away,” which singer Paul Young scored a number-one hit with a cover of the song in 1985. That same year, Daryl and John participated in the historic “We are the World” session as well as closing the Live Aid show in Philadelphia.
By 1987, the R.I.A.A. recognized Daryl Hall and John Oates as the number one selling duo in music history, a record they still hold today.
Daryl Hall and John Oates are 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.