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Hall & Oates

From their first hit in 1974 through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial 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, incorporating elements of new wave and hard rock.

Daryl Hall began performing professionally while he was a student at Temple University. In 1966, he recorded a single with Kenny Gamble and the Romeos; the group featured Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell, who would all become the architects of Philly soul. During this time, Hall frequently appeared on sessions for Gamble and Huff. In 1967, Hall met John Oates, a fellow Temple University student. Oates was leading his own soul band at the time. The two students realized they had similar tastes and began performing together in an array of R&B and doo wop groups. By 1968, the duo had parted ways, as Oates transferred schools and Hall formed the soft rock band Gulliver; the group released one album on Elektra in the late '60s before disbanding.

After Gulliver's breakup, Hall concentrated on session work again, appearing as a backup vocalist for the Stylistics, the Delfonics, and the Intruders, among others. Oates returned to Philadelphia in 1969, and he and Hall began writing folk-oriented songs and performing together. Eventually they came to the attention of Tommy Mottola, who quickly became their manager, securing the duo a contract with Atlantic Records. 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. During this period, they only managed one hit -- the number 60 "She's Gone" in the spring of 1974.

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 artistic success. 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 Minute." "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 white act. H20 followed in 1982 and it proved more successful than their two previous albums, selling over 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 Soul, Pt. 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 over two million copies and launching four Top 40 singles, including the number one "Out of Touch." Following their contract-fulfilling gold album Live at the Apollo with David Ruffin & Eddie Kendrick, Hall & Oates went on hiatus. After the lukewarm reception for Daryl Hall's 1986 solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, the duo regrouped to release 1988's Ooh Yeah!, their first record for Arista. The first single, "Everything Your Heart Desires," went to number three and helped propel the album to platinum status.

However, none of the album's other singles broke the Top 20, indicating that their era of chart dominance had ended. Change of Season, released in 1990, confirmed that fact. Although the record went gold, it featured only one Top 40 hit -- the number 11 single "So Close." The duo mounted a comeback in 1997 with Marigold Sky, but it was only partially successful; far better was 2003's Do It for Love and the following year's soul covers record Our Kind of Soul.

The issuing of "greatest-hits" albums reached a fever pitch during the 2000s, with no fewer than 15 different collections seeing the light by 2008. Live records proliferated as well, with the A&E Live by Request release Live in Concert hitting stores in 2003, a reissue of their Ecstasy on the Edge 1979 concert (titled simply In Concert this time around) in 2006, and the Live at the Troubadour two-CD/one-DVD set in 2008. As far as proper studio albums go, the 2000s were lean, with only three releases -- the aforementioned Do It for Love and Our Kind of Soul, topped off by Home for Christmas in 2006. A career-spanning box set appeared in 2009, titled Do What You Want, Be What You Are: The Music of Daryl Hall and John Oates.

During the 2010s, the duo were very active, both together and separately. Several Hall & Oates tours were mounted, and they performed together on American Idol and The Voice. In 2011, Hall released his fifth solo album, Laughing Down Crying, on Verve Forecast, and that same year Oates released a blues tribute album titled Mississippi Mile. Three years later, Oates drafted contemporary pop stars including Ryan Tedder and Hot Chelle Rae for Good Road to Follow. Also in 2014, the duo were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine & J. Scott McClintock, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Ultimate Daryl Hall + John Oates

Disc 1

1. She's Gone

2. Las Vegas Turnaround

3. When The Morning Comes

4. Camellia

5. Sara Smile

6. Do WhatYou Want, Be What You Are

7. Rich Girl

8. Back Together Again

9. It's A Laugh

10. I Don't Wanna Lose You

11. Wait For Me

12. How Does It Feel To Be Back

13. You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling

14. Kiss On My List

15. You Make My Dreams

16. Everytime You Go Away

17. Private Eyes

18. I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)

19. Did It In A Minute

20. Your Imagination

Disc 2

1. Maneater

2. One On One

3. Family Man

4. Say It Isn't So

5. Adult Education

6. Out Of Touch

7. Method Of Modern Love

8. Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

9. Possession Obsession

10. Everything Your Heart Desires

11. Missed Opportunity

12. Downtown Life

13. So Close

14. Don't Hold Back Your Love

15. Starting All Over Again

16. Promise Ain't Enough

17. Do It For Love

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Track List: Master Hits

1. Downtown Life

2. Everything Your Heart Desires

3. I'm In Pieces

4. Missed Opportunity

5. Talking All Night

6. So Close

7. Starting All Over Again

8. Change Of season

9. Everywhere I Look

10. Don't Hold Back Your Love

11. Only Love

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Track List: Change Of Season

1. So Close

2. Starting All Over Again

3. Sometimes A Mind Changes

4. Change Of Season

5. I Ain't Gonna Take It This Time

6. Everywhere I Look

7. Give It Up (Old Habits)

8. Don't Hold Back Your Love

9. Halfway There

10. Only Love

11. Heavy Rain

12. So Close - Unplugged

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Track List: Ooh Yeah!

1. Downtown Life

2. Everything Your Heart Desires

3. I'm In Pieces

4. Missed Opportunity

5. Talking All Night

6. Rockability

7. Rocket To God

8. Soul Love

9. Realove (Live)

10. Keep On Pushin' Love

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Track List: Big Bam Boom

1. Dance On Your Knees

2. Out Of Touch

3. Method Of Modern Love

4. Bank On Your Love

5. Some Things Are Better

6. Going Thru The Motions

7. Cold Dark And Yesterday

8. All American Girl

9. Possession Obsession

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Track List: X-Static

1. Woman Comes And Goes

2. Wait For Me

3. Portable Radio

4. All You Want Is Heaven

5. Who Said The World Was Fair

6. Running From Paradise

7. Number One

8. Bebop/Drop

9. Hallofon

10. Intravino

11. Time's Up (Alone Tonight)

12. No Brain, No Pain

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Track List: Along The Red Ledge

1. It's A Laugh

2. Melody For A Memory

3. The Last Time

4. I Don't Wanna Lose You

5. Have I Been Away Too Long

6. Alley Katz

7. Don't Blame It On Love

8. Serious Music

9. Pleasure Beach

10. August Day

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Track List: Daryl Hall & John Oates

1. Camellia

2. Sara Smile

3. Alone Too Long

4. Out Of Me, Out Of You

5. Nothing At All

6. Gino (The Manager)

7. It Doesn't Matter Anymore

8. Ennui On The Mountain

9. Grounds For Separation

10. Soldering

11. What's Important To Me

12. Ice (Demo)

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Such a great song by Hall and Oates!
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I Love me some Hall & Oates 1975 I was 13 years old "Sara Smile" ❤❤❤❤
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Hall and Oates is truly a LEGENDARY band. One of my favorites!
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LUV SOME HALL N OATES ������
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boo
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No can do.
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Love Hall & Oates. Great music.

Darryl's House was nice to watch on TV. Will have to check it on
U-tube.
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Sara smiles at me!
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He's Gone
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They sued a small granola company for calling themselves Haulin' Oats. Some people have no sense of humor.
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"Kiss On My List"..Haven ' t heard this for donks
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good song
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you make my dreams come true Mimi mike
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it made my afternoon to see you and your blueeyes Mike
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Good Stuff!
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H&O Good Stuff.
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My daughter loved this song when she was a little girl.
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Please play supreme
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SUCK ME IN BUT I DID'NT WANT ANY BAD LUCK .......YA FOOLED ME
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Awesome dude power duo power
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Hall and Oates, original Blue eyed white boy soul music, I love these guys, they were Awesome!!! They were the best for their time!! Just good music didn't matter what they looked like!!!
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Awesome
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White boys with soul!
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Love Daryl's House!
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REMEMBER THESE GUYS...THEY ARE TWO OF THE GREATS
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Don't change it to white when looking at the band
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Love Daryl's House, thank you.

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Absolutely beautiful song, amazing vocals. Blue Eyed Soul Brothers from Philly!
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My dad's best friend loved this song he always said no can do I R.I.P. Agent Clark
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John Oates looks like the love child of Lionel Richie and Freddie Mercury
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February 1985. Snow storm, stuck at home listening to this and watching the video to say it isn't so. Good god the memories
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There's not much else you can say about these boys!!
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Two voices to sing together forever
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Classic Soulful Sounds of Hall & Oates, True Blue Eye Soul!!!
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Yeah!!!...i wanna play that game tonight!!!
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you make my dreams come true too
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I just love it Hall and Oates great couple
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