Sunday February 23, 2014
Daryl Hall and John Oates
Starting out as two devoted disciples of earlier soul greats, Daryl Hall and John Oates are soul survivors in their own right. Signed to Atlantic in the 1970’s, Daryl Hall & 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”. From the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on My List,” “Private Eyes,” “Maneater” and “Out of Touch”, each 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.” 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. In addition, on May 20, 2008, the duo was honored with the Icon Award during BMI’s 56th annual Pop Awards.
As one of the most sampled artists today, their impact can be heard everywhere from boy band harmonies, to neo-soul to rap-rock fusion. Daryl Hall and John Oates are at the height of their powers making their own kind of soul, with a new generation of musicians recognizing not only their historic track record of success, but also their continuing influence and achievements.