Daryl Hall and John Oates, known more commonly as Hall & Oates, are an American musical duo from Philadelphia.
Daryl Hall is generally the lead vocalist of the pairing, and also plays a wide range of musical instruments. John Oates also plays a range of instruments, but primarily plays electric guitar and provides backing vocals as well as occasional leads.
The two also write most of the songs they perform, either separately or in collaboration. They achieved their greatest fame from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues, which they dubbed “rock and soul”.
Critics Stephen Thomas Erlewine and J. Scott McClintock write, “at their best, Hall & Oates’ songs were filled with strong hooks and melodies that adhered to soul traditions without being a slave to them by incorporating elements of new wave.” While much of their reputation is due to the sustained pop-chart run in the 1980s, they continue to record and tour, and remain respected by various artists for their ability to cross stylistic boundaries.
They are best known for their six No. 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. In total, they had 34 chart hits on the US Billboard Hot 100, seven RIAA platinum albums, and six RIAA gold albums. Because of that chart success, Billboard magazine named them the most successful duo of the rock era, surpassing The Everly Brothers.
In 2003, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Billboard magazine had Hall & Oates at No. 15 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time and the No. 1 duo, while VH1 placed the duo as No. 99 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2014.
Live At The Troubador
U-Watch Records 2008
Tracks: DISC 1: Everything Your Heart Desires, When The Morning Comes, Family Man, Say It Isn’t So, It’s Uncanny, Had I Known You Better Then, She’s Gone, Getaway Car & Cab Driver. DISC 2: One On One, Sara Smile, Maneater, Out Of Touch, I Can Go For That (No Can Do), Rich Girl, Kiss On My List, You Make My Dreams, Abandoned Luncheonette & Private Eyes. DISC 3: Live DVD Concert.
Musicians on the Live at the Troubadour album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, T-Bone Wolk, Charlie DeChant, Eliot Lewis, Everett Bradley, Zev Katz & Mike Braun.
Home For Christmas
U-Watch Records 2006
Tracks: Overture/The First Noel, It Came Upon A Midnight Clear, No Child Should Ever Cry on Christmas, Everyday will be like a Holiday, Home for Christmas, Christmas Must Be Tonight, Children Go Where I Send Thee, Mary Had A Baby, The Christmas Song, Jingle Bell Rock & O Holy Night.
Musicians on the Home For Christmas album: Daryl Hall, John Oates and others.
Do It For Love
U-Watch Records 2003
Tracks: Man On A Mission, Do It For Love, Someday We’ll Know, Forever For You, Life’s Too Short, Getaway Car, Make You Stay, Miss DJ, She Got Me Bad, Breath Of Your Life, Intuition, Heartbreak Time, Something About You & Love In A Dangerous Time.
Musicians on the Do It For Love album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, T-Bone Wolf, Todd Rundgren, Billy Mann, Greg Fitzgerald, Jeff Catania, Mike Shimshack, David Sancious, Jack Daly, Mickey Curry, Kenny Gioia, Greg Bieck and others.
Our Kind Of Soul
U-Watch Records 2004
Tracks: Let Love Take Control, Standing in the Shadows of Love, I’ll Be Around, Used to Be My Girl, Soul Violins, I Can Dream About You, Don’t Turn Your Back on Me, Fading Away, Neither One of Us, After the Dance, Rock Steady, Love TKO, What You See Is What You Get, Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, You Are Everything, I’m Still in Love with You, Ooh Child, I’ll Be Around & I Can Dream About You.
Musicians on the Our Kind Of Soul album: Daryl Hall, John Oates and others.
Behind The Music
BMG Heritage Music 2002
Tracks: Sara Smile, Rich Girl, Be What You Are Do What You Want, Wait For Me, How Does It Feel to Be Back, You Make My Dreams, I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do), One on One, Maneater, Say It Isn’t So, Out of Touch, Everything Your Heart Desires, So Close, Everytime You Go Away – (previously unreleased), She’s Gone, (new studio recording) Someone Like You – (previously unreleased) & (new studio recording) Do It For Love – (previously unreleased).
Musicians on the Behind The Music album: Daryl Hall and others.
Push Records 1990
Tracks: Romeo Is Bleeding, Marigold Sky, The Sky Is Falling, Out of the Blue, Want To, Love Out Loud, Throw the Roses Away, I Don’t Think So, Promise Ain’t Enough, Time Won’t Pass Me By, Hold on to Yourself – (remix) & War of Words.
Musicians on the Marigold Sky album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Dave Bellochio, Ken Sebesky, Tom Wolk, Paul Pesco, Dave Stewart, Shawn Pelton, Peter Moshay & Charlie DeChant.
Change Of Seasons
Arista Records 1990
Tracks: So Close, Starting All Over Again, Sometimes a Mind Changes, Change of Season, I Ain’t Gonna Take It This Time, Everywhere I Look, Give It up (Old Habits), Don’t Hold Back Your Love, Halfway There, Only Love, Heavy Rain & So Close (Unplugged).
Musicians on the Change Of Seasons album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Bobby Maio, Benmont Tench, Rich Tancredi, Dave Tyson, Tom Wolk, Jimmy Rip, Waddy Watchel, Danny Kortchmar, Randy Jackson, Doug Stegmeyer, Dave Tyson, Bob Glaub, Mike Braun, Kenny Aronoff, Joe Franco, Pat Mastelotto, Charlie DeChant, Jimmy Bralower, Susie Davis, Wendy Fraser, Portia Griffin, Mary Cassidy & Marcella Detroit.
Arista Records 1988
Downtown Life, Everything Your Heart Desires, I’m in Pieces, Missed Opportunity, Talking All Night, Rockability, Rocket to God, Soul Love, Realove & Keep on Pushin’ Love.
Musicians on the Ooh Yeah! album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Tony Beard, Philippe Saisse, Tom Wolk, Pat Buchanan, Jimmy Ripp, Jeff Bova, Jimmy Bralower, Sammy Merendino Mark Rivera, Lenny Pickett & Danny Wolensky
Live At The Apollo
RCA Records 1985
Tracks: Apollo Medley: Get Ready/Ain’t Too Proud to Beg/The Way You Do the Thin, When Something Is Wrong with My Baby, Everytime You Go Away, I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do), One on One, Possession Obsession & Adult Education.
Musicians on the Live At The Apollo album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, David Ruffin, Eddie Hendricks, G.E. Smith, Lenny Pickett, Steve Elson, Charlie De Chant, Mac Gollehon, Paul Litteral, Ray Anderson, Michael Klvana, Robby Kilgore, Wells Christie, T-Bone Wolk (bass, background vocals); Mickey Curry & Jimmy Maelen.
Big Bam Boom
RCA Records 1984
Tracks: Dance on Your Knees, Out of Touch, Method of Modern Love, Bank on Your Love, Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid, Going Thru the Motions, Cold Dark and Yesterday, All American Girl & Possession Obsession.
Musicians on the Big Bam Boom Album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Mickey Curry, Jimmy Bralower, Robby Kilgore, Tom Wolk, G.E. Smith & Charlie DeChant.
Rock´n Soul Part 1
RCA Records 1983
Tracks: Say It Isn’t So, Sara Smile, She’s Gone, Rich Girl, Kiss On My List, You Make My Dreams, Private Eyes, Adult Education, I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do), Maneater, One On One & Wait For Me (Live Version).
Musicians on the Rock´N Soul Part 1 album: Daryl Hall, John Oates and others.
RCA Records 1982
Tracks: Maneater, Crime Pays, Art Of Heartbreak, One On One, Open All Night, Family Man, Italian Girls, Guessing Games, Delayed Reaction, At Tension & Go Solo.
Musicians on the H2O album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Mickey Curry, Charles DeChant, Larry Fast, G.E. Smith & T-Bone Walk.
RCA Records 1981
Tracks: Private Eyes, Looking For A Good Sign, I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do), Manon A Mano, Did It In A Minute, Head Above Water, Tell Me What You Want, Friday Let Me Down, Unguarded Minute, Your Imagination & Some Men.
Musicians on the Private Eyes album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Chuck Burgi, Mickey Curry, Charles DeChant, Larry Fast, Ray Gomez, John Jarrett, Jimmy Maelen, Jerry Marotta, John Siegler, G.E. Smith & Jeff Southworth.
RCA Records 1980
Tracks: How Does It Feel To Be Back, Big Kids, United State, Hard To Be In Love With You, Kiss On My List, Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect), You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling, You Make My Dreams, Everytime You Go Away, Africa & Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear The Voices).
Musicians on the Voices album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Chuck Burgi, Charlie DeChant, Mike Klvana, Jerry Marotta, Ralph Schuckett, John Siegler, GE Smith & Jeff Southworth.
RCA Records 1979
Tracks: The Woman Comes And Goes, Wait For Me, Portable Radio, All You Want Is Heaven, Who Said The World Was Fair, Running From Paradise, Number One, Bebop Drop, Hallofon & Intravino.
Musicians on the X-Static album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Charlie DeChant, Larry Fast, David Foster, Werner Fritzching, Jay Graydon, Yogi Horton, Neil Jason, Steve Love, Jimmy Maelen, Jerry Marotta, Kenny Passarelli, Steve Porcaro, Ralph Schuckett, John Siegler & GE Smith
Along The Red Ledge
Atlantic Records 1977
Tracks: It’s A Laugh, Melody For A Memory, The Last Time, I Don’t Wanna Lose You, Have I Been Away Too Long, Allez Katz, Don’t Blame It On Love, Serious Music, Pleasure Beach & August Day.
Musicians on the Along The Red Ledge album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Charles DeChant, Steve Forman, David Foster, Robert Fripp, Jay Graydon, George Harrison, David Kent, Steve Lukather, Rick Nielsen, David Page, Gene Page, Kenny Passarelli, Roger Pope, Steve Porcaro, Caleb Quaye & Todd Rundgren.
Beauty On A Back Street
Atlantic Records 1977
Tracks: Don’t Change, Why Do Lovers Break Each Other’s Heart, You Must Be Good For Something, Empytness, Bad Habits And Infections, Bigger Than Both Of Us, Love Hurts (Love Heals), Winged Bull & Girl Who Used To Be.
Musicians on the Beauty On A Back Street album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Christopher Bond, Gary Coleman, Scott Edwards, Jim Hughart, Tommy Mottola, Jeff Porcaro, Tom Scott & Lee Sklar.
Atlantic Records 1977
Tracks: Rich Girl, The Emptyness, Do What You Want Be What You Are, I’m Just A Kid (Don’t Make Me Feel Like A Man), Sara Smile, Abandonned Luncheonette & Room To Breathe.
Musicians on the Livetime album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Charles DeChant, David Kent, Kenny Passarelli, Roger Pope & Caleb Quaye.
Atlantic Records 1977
Tracks: It’s Uncanny, Want To Know You For A Long Time, Can’t Stop The Music, Love You Like A Brother, Las Vegas Turnaround, She’s Gone, Lilly (Are You Happy), When The Morning Comes, Beanie G. And The Rose Tatoo & 70’s Scenario.
Musicians on the No Goodbyes album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Sandy Allen, Gail Boggs, Jim Helmer, Bill Keith, Mike McCarthy, Jerry Ricks, Todd Rundgren, John Siegler, John Wilcox & Don York.
Bigger Than Both Us
RCA Records 1976
Tracks: Back Together Again, Rich Girl, Crazy Eyes, Do What You Want Be What You Are, Kerry, London Luck & Love, Room To Breathe, You’ll Never Learn & Falling.
Musicians on the Bigger Than Both Us album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Christopher Bond, Gary Coleman, Scott Edwards, Ed Greene, Jim Gordon, Tom Hensley & Tom Scott.
Daryl Hall & John Oates
RCA Records 1975
Tracks: Camellia, Sara Smile, Alone Too Long, Out of You Out of Me, Nothing at All, Gino (The Manager), It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Ennui on the Mountain, Grounds for Separation & Soldering.
Musicians on the Daryl Hall & John Oates album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Jim Gordon, Ed Greene, Mike Baird, Clarence McDonald, Chris Bond, Leland Sklar, Scotty Edwards & Gary Coleman.
Atlantic Records 1974
Tracks: Can’t Stop The Music (He Played It Much Too Long), Is It A Star, Beanie G. And The Rose Tattoo, You’re Much Too Soon, 70’s Scenario, War Baby Son Of Zorro, I’m Watching You (A Mutant Romance), Better Watch Your Back, Screaming Through December & Johnny Gore And The “C” Eaters.
Musicians on the War Babies album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, John Wilcox, Don York, Todd Rundgren, Rich Cerniglia, John Siegler, Gail Boggs & Sandy Allen.
Atlantic Records 1973
Tracks: When the Morning Comes, Had I Known You Better Then, Las (The Stewardess Song) Vegas Turnaround, She’s Gone, I’m Just a Kid (Don’t Make Me Feel Like a Man), Abandoned Luncheonette, Lady Rain, Laughing Boy & Everytime I Look at You.
Musicians on the Abandoned Luncheonette album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Jim Helmer, Jerry Ricks, Bill Keith & Mike McCarthy.
Atlantic Records 1972
Tracks: I’m Sorry, All Our Love, Georgie, Fall In Philadelphia, Waterwheel, Lazyman, Goodnight And Goodmorning, They Needed Each Other, Southeast City Window, Thank You For… & Lilly (Are You Happy).
Musicians on the Whole Oats album: Daryl Hall, John Oates, Jim Helmer, Jerry Ricks, Bill Keith & Mike McCarthy.