On this episode of Earhustle411’s “Whatever Happened To?, we’re focused on a duo that was referred to as “Blue Eyed Soul”, Darryl Hall and John Oates. This duo hailing from Philly is truly one of my favorites and I have quite a few if not all of their tracks on repeat in the iPod. So what have they been up to lately?
Honestly, this post is more like a “Where In The World Is Hall and Oates?” because they have been consistently protecting and projecting the “H&O” brand. Of course they are like other groups that have been together for so long that breaks are needed to preserve, friendships, relationships and the product. This two extremely talented “Icons” have been recording since 1970 (I was only 2…wow!!) and they are still going strong. With hits like, “She’s Gone”, “Sara Smile, “Rich Girl” and my favorites “One on One”, “Adult Education” and “Method of Modern Love” playing regularly on Adult Contemporary radio stations, they can’t help but stay relevant.
Did you know that in 1987 the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) recognized Hall and Oates and the NUMBER ONE SELLING DUO in music history and they still hold the record.
Per 1565Today.com they reported that Hall and Oates from the mid-’70s to the mid-’80s, the duo would score six #1 singles, including Rich Girl (also #1 R&B), Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do) (also #1 R&B), Maneater and Out of Touch from their six consecutive multi-platinum albums—’76’s Bigger Than Both of Us, ’80’s Voices, ’81’s Private Eyes, ‘82’s H2O, ‘83’s Rock N Soul, Part I and ‘84’s Big Bam Boom. 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.
Over the years and many albums (yes I said albums) later the dynamic duo has done successful solo projects. Darryl Hall has done at least 5 solo albums Hall solo albums
to which my favorite one is “Can’t Stop Dreaming” (Cab Driver is a bona-fide hit if you asked me).
John Oates has 3 great solo albums to his credit as well.
- Phunk Shui (2002)
- John Oates: Live at the Historic Wheeler Opera House (2004)
- John Oates Solo – The Album, The Concert (2006)
To which my favorite is “Phunk Shui” I love the “Little Angel” track (reminds me of my children).
Hall and Oates is by far the one of the best duos in the music industry and because they have the longevity to prove it. I can see them at each other’s throats in the studio but when they emerge the finished product will reflect excellence and a mutual respect for each other’s creative differences. I am so glad to have grown up with Hall and Oates because without their musical influence, catchy tunes and soulful ballads, I don’t think I would know what REAL MUSIC would sound like.
Hall and Oates being the amazing band that they are has garnered worldwide success and countless fans across the globe. Their biggest accomplishment yet is their Induction into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Earhustle411 wishes Hall and Oates many more years of success and on a personal note I couldn’t imagine what the industry would be like today without their contributions…umm “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)”!!! HaHaHa…I couldn’t resist.
Follow Hall and Oates on Social Media and check out their website and in the meantime between time check out some more of their hits.
Source: Wikipedia, 1565 Today