Steckbrief From their first hit in through their heyday in the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates' smooth, catchy take on Philly soul brought them enormous commercial su Daryl Hall began performing professionally while he was a student at Temple University. Inhe recorded a single with Kenny Gamble and the Romeos; the group featured Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell, who would all become the architects of Philly soul.
During this time, Hall frequently appeared on sessions for Gamble and Huff. Oates was leading his own soul band at the time. Bythe duo had parted ways, as Oates transferred schools and Hall formed the soft rock band Gulliver; the group released one album on Elektra in the late '60s before disbanding.
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After Gulliver's breakup, Hall concentrated on session work again, appearing as a backup vocalist for the Stylistics, the Delfonics, and the Intruders, among others. Oates returned to Philadelphia inand he and Hall began writing folk-oriented songs and performing together. Eventually they came to the attention of Tommy Mottola, who quickly became their manager, securing the duo a contract with Atlantic Records. On their first records -- Whole OatesAbandoned LuncheonetteWar Babies -- the duo were establishing their sound, working with producers like Arif Mardin and Todd Rundgren and removing much of their folk influences.
At the beginning ofthe duo relocated from Philadelphia to New York. During this period, they only managed one hit -- the number 60 "She's Gone" in the spring of After they moved to RCA inthe duo landed on its successful mixture of soul, pop, and rock, scoring a Top Ten single with "Sara Smile.
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Released in the summer ofBigger than the Both of Us was only moderately successful upon its release. The record took off in earlywhen "Rich Girl" became the duo's first number one single. Nevertheless, they were more adventurous, incorporating more rock elements into their blue-eyed soul.
The first single from Voices, a cover of the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," reached number 12, yet it was the second single, "Kiss on My List" that confirmed their commercial potential by becoming the duo's second number one single; its follow-up, "You Make My Dreams" hit number five.
H20 followed in and it proved more successful than hall and oates singles greatest hits two previous albums, selling over two million copies and launching their biggest hit single, "Maneater," as well as the Top Ten hits "One on One" and "Family Man. Released in October ofBig Bam Boom expanded their number of gold and platinum awards, selling over two million copies and launching four Top 40 singles, including the number one "Out of Touch.
The first single, "Everything Your Heart Desires," went to number three and helped propel the album to platinum status. However, none of the album's other singles broke the Top 20, indicating that the era of chart dominance had ended. Change of Season, released inconfirmed that fact.
Although the record went gold, it only featured one Top 40 hit -- the number 11 single, "So Close.