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early Philly years:
Fall In Philadelphia
Goodnight and Good Morning
Lonely Girl

hits: Sara Smile, Rich Girl, She's Gone






a brief history

Daryl Hall was born Daryl Franklin Hohl, in 1946, in Philadelphia. He sang lead with the Temptones and recorded a single produced by Kenny Gamble in 1966.  John Oates, born in 1948, had been a former member of Philadelphia soul band The Masters.  Daryl later formed soft-rock band, Gulliver," with Tim Moore, Tom Sellers and Jim Helmer, and the group recorded one album for producer, John Madara.


During this period, Daryl and John began writing songs together and Madara recorded the duo, with songs "Fall In Philadelphia," "Goodnight and Good Morning," "Waterwheel," and "Lonely Girl," to name a few.  These recordings eventually led to their signing with Atlantic Records. 

The duo found success with their million-selling song “Sara Smile,” their first single for RCA Records. It was followed into the U.S. Top 10 with a re-release of “She’s Gone” and “Rich Girl,” reaching #1 in 1977. After failing to capitalize on their success, they came back with a Hall and Oates album, “Voices.” It featured four hit singles, including the U.S. chart-topper “Kiss On My List.”


John's memories

I met Daryl Hall in 1968 when writer/producer, Tom Sellers, and Harry Chipetz, who were both working for my company at the time, brought him in for me to listen to.  I really, really liked him a lot.  He had an exceptional voice and played great keyboards.  With Tom Sellers, Tim Moore and Jim Helmer, we formed the group Gulliver, which had some success and was where Daryl really honed his skills as a musician and artist. 


During this period John Oates, who was a friend of Daryl and Tim's, had been hanging around the office.  He and Daryl started writing songs together.  They both complimented each other, and they truly had a unique sound in the vocals.  I knew I was hearing something different.  So we went into the studio, recorded many sides and made numerous trips to New York looking for a record deal.  These sides eventually led them to sign with Atlantic Records.  A few of the sides, including "Fall In Philadelphia," "Goodnight and Good Morning," and "Waterwheel," were re-recorded for their first album with Atlantic, "Whole Oats."   Following their record deal with Atlantic Records, Daryl and John continued to find success and remain today the biggest selling duo in the history of the music business. 


Daryl Hall is one of the greatest singers I have known and worked with, and it is with John Oates' great voice and blend with Daryl that makes their sound so unique.  I am very proud to have spearheaded their incredible career.


what happened next?


After 3 years apart, Hall & Oates reunited in 1988 with a top 5 hit “Everything Your Heart Desires.” In 1990 they released the album "Change of Season" which was their second for Arista Records.  It included the minor hit "So Close," co-written and co-produced by Jon Bon Jovi.  In 1997 Daryl and John released "Marigold Sky" on their own label.  The duo would not record and release new material until 2002's critically acclaimed “Do It For Love," whose title song went to number 1 and remained there for 4 consecutive weeks.  Their latest album, "Our Kind of Soul," features timeless classics as well as new material that borrowed from their Philadelphia roots.  The duo are currently recording their first ever Christmas album due in stores Fall 2006. 

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