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Hall & Oates Biography

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Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Years Active: 1969–present
Genres: Pop Rock, Blue-Eyed Soul

Daryl Hall and John Oates (often shortened to Hall & Oates) are an American pop music duo who achieved their greatest fame in the late 1970s and early to mid-1980s. Both sing and are multi-instrumentalists. They specialized in a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues styles, which they dubbed "rock and soul."

They are best known for their six #1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Rich Girl", "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)", "Maneater", and "Out of Touch", as well as many other songs which charted in the Top 40. They last reached the pop charts top 40 in 1990 and slowly faded from public view, though they did not formally break up. They have continued to record and tour with some success. In total, the act had 34 singles chart hits on the US Billboard Hot 100. Hall and Oates have seven RIAA platinum albums, along with six RIAA gold albums.

Their first platinum album was their 1973 sophomore effort “Abandoned Luncheonette.” The most well-known track from the album is "She's Gone." The 1977 gold selling album “Bigger Than Both of Us” featured “Rich Girl” which became their first (of six) number one singles on Billboard's Hot 100 chart.

Their next platinum album, and the first in a string of five in a row, was 1980’s “Voices” which featured the singles "How Does It Feel to Be Back" (#30 in fall, 1980), "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (#12 in winter, 1980), "Kiss on My List" (#1 for three weeks in spring, 1981), and "You Make My Dreams" (#5 in summer, 1981).

The next platinum album, “Private Eyes” (1981) included 2 Number one hits—the title track, "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.

1982’s 2x platinum album “H2O” featured three Top 10 U.S. singles, including "Maneater" which was the biggest hit of their career, spending four weeks at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. Another 2x platinum release was 1983’s greatest hits compilation “Rock n’ Soul Part 1.”

“Big Bam Boom” followed in 1984 and went 2x platinum as well. The song "Out Of Touch" (the first single) was a number 1 pop hit, and charted in several other areas (#24 Hot Black Singles, #1 on both Adult Contemporary & dance charts, #48 in the UK). Another song taken from the album, "Method Of Modern Love" reached a high point of number 5. “Big Bam Boom” peaked at #5 and sold over three million copies worldwide.

Their final platinum selling album “Ooh Yeah!” was released in 1988 and produced a hit in "Everything Your Heart Desires."

Daryl Hall & John Oates released the “Do It for Love” album in 2003, whose title track was a number-one Adult Contemporary hit. That same year, Daryl Hall and John Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Hall & Oates also released their first album of (mostly) covers, “Our Kind of Soul,” in 2004. It includes some of their favorite R&B songs, such as "I'll Be Around" (their first Hot 100 entry in over a decade), "Love TKO", Dan Hartman's "I Can Dream About You", and more. Daryl & John released a Christmas album, “Home For Christmas,” on October 3, 2006, which contains two Christmas originals and covers. It includes a version of "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear", which became their second number one Adult Contemporary hit.