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Hall & Oates on Midnight Special

Daryl Hall and John Oates teamed up in Philly in the early 70's as a songwriting/singing duo and had phenomenal success. There music was a mix of Rock and Roll and R&B, that produced soulful and melodic hits. Daryl Hall does most of the vocals, and John Oates plays guitar and also sings lead and harmony on their songs.

 

They both write their material, sometimes together and other times separately, but it all works with their distinctive sound. Their most productive time was from the 70's to the mid-80's when they scored Six #1 hits including: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch," an amazing and very profitable period.

 

Daryl and John have had seven RIAA platinum albums, and six RIAA gold albums, selling an estimated 40 million records, and leading them to be called "The Most Successful Duo of the Rock Era" (surpassing the Everly Brothers). They love to play for live audiences and just completed their 2017 Tour doing 29 dates with "Tears for Fears."

 

Hall and Oates good looks and popular music made them one of the Top Acts in the heyday of MTV videos. Fun Fact: Daryl Hall said they hate being called "Hall and Oates," and as John pointed out there is not one album cover that says that, they all are labeled, "Daryl Hall and John Oates." In their words: "Hall and Oates," this two-headed monster, this thing, is not anything we've ever wanted or liked." (insert my apology for using the H&A shortcut on TDR, but it's convenient and doesn't use as much space.)

 

As expected, Daryl Hall and John Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014, and added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2016, cementing their incredibly successful careers. Scott found a really nice TDR Tribute Video for this piece, a beautifully restored clip from The Midnight Special in 1977 with a medley of songs, "She's Gone/Sara Smile/Rich Girl" and excellent audio and video. Rock On! @therealdonrocks

 

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