The Eighties Club
The Politics and Pop Culture of the 1980s
A Decade in the Life
of
Hall and Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates were both raised in Philadelphia, and they attended the same university, where Oates studied journalism and Hall studied music. Hall dropped out of school and joined the rock band Gulliver, which released one album. When the group disbanded, Hall became a studio musician, singing backup for The Stylistics and others. Oates traveled in Europe, and upon his return collaborated with Hall in song-writing. They drew the attention of Tommy Mottola, who became their manager, and who got them a contract with Atlantic Records. Their first album, Whole Oates, was released in 1972, followed by Abandoned Luncheonette (1973), which included the single "She's Gone." After one more album with Atlantic the duo signed on with RCA, and their 1975 album Daryl Hall and John Oates produced the Top Ten hit "Sara Smile." They got their first #1 hit, "Rich Girl," with the release of Bigger Than The Both of Us in 1976.

It wasn't until 1980, however, that Hall and Oates became superstars. The album Voices featured three hit singles, including "Kiss On My List," while the 1981's Private Eyes contained several more successful singles -- "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" and the title track among them. Their 1982 effort, H2O went double platinum, and by 1984 Hall and Oates had become the #1 charting duo in rock 'n' roll history. But at the height of their fame, following 1984's Big Bam Boom (which sold two million copies), the two men took a long sabbatical -- in fact it wasn't until 1988 that they collaborated on another album, Ooh Yeah. During the interim, Hall released a solo album and had a Top Ten hit. Though the duo continued to tour during the Nineties, and released two more albums (Change of Season in 1990 and Marigold Sky in 1997) they never recaptured the incredible success they had realized in the early 1980s.


September 1980
Voices, produced by Hall and Oates and recorded earlier in the year at Electric Lady Studios in New York, peaks at US #17. It will remain on the charts for 100 weeks.
November 1980
The remake of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling" reaches US#12.
April 1981
"Kiss On My List," written by Daryl Hall and Janna Allen, tops the US singles chart for three weeks and sells more than one million copies.
July 1981
"You Make My Dreams," off the Voices album, tops off at US#5.
September 1981
The product of four months' work at Electric Lady Studios, Private Eyes becomes the duo's first Top Ten album, reaching US#5. In a matter of weeks the title track will become the #1 single in the US.
January 1982
"I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)" becomes the duo's third #1 hit single of the decade. It also makes the #1 spot on the R&B chart, only the fourth time a white act has reached that spot. It will climb to #8 on the UK charts, as well.
December 1982
The duo's 10th album, H2O, climbs to US#3, while the single "Maneater" becomes yet another #1 hit in the US, and tops off at #4 in the UK.
January 1983
Hall and Oates win the Favorite Band, Duo or Group (Pop Rock) at the American Music Awards.
June 1983
"Family Man" makes it to US#6.
November 1983
A compilation of Top Ten hits entitled Rock 'n' Soul (Part I) is released containing the single "Adult Education," which will peak at US#7 and UK#16. A few weeks later, "Say It Isn't So" from H2O arrives at US#2, where it will remain for four weeks.
April 1984
According to the RIAA and Billboard, Hall and Oates surpass the Everly Brothers to become the most successful duo in rock 'n' roll history, with 19 gold and platinum platters.
October 1984
Big Bam Boom is released, containing the single "Out of Touch," which will top the US chart for two weeks the following December. Big Bam Boom becomes their fifth consecutive platinum album, peaking at US#5.
January 1985
The duo garners the Favorite Band (Pop Rock) trophy at the American Music Awards for the third year in a row.
February 1985
"Method of Modern Love" reaches US#5 and UK#21.
May 1985
Hall and Oates perform at the reopening of the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem, paying tribute to the soul and R&B music that inspires their own work.
July 1985
Paul Young's cover of "Every Time You Go Away" soars to the top of the US charts.
December 1985
Hall and Oates are among the Artists United Against Apartheid, whose single, "Sun City," is a Top 40 hit in both the US and UK.
September 1986
Hall's solo album, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine, is released.  The single "Dreamtime" will make it to US#5 in October.
June 1988
Hall and Oates reunite after three years and release Ooh Yeah!. The single "Everything Your Heart Desires" will climb to US#3.


Voices (Atlantic, 1980)
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 Do Wop (I Hear the Voices)

"This is the album that took Hall & Oates from being a successful '70s pop duo to being one of the four biggest singles acts of the '80s (the others: Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna). The sound is a wonderful pop pastiche...."
William Ruhlmann, AMG

Private Eyes (RCA, 1981)
Private Eyes
Looking For A Good Sign
I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)
Mano 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

"Hall and Oates' songwriting certainly doesn't put a premium on originality, yet there aren't many composers who can curl all those strands of popular music around each other and avoid knots.....Comparatively speaking, these guys represent a bright and lucid moment on today's commercial scene."
Laura Fissinger, Rolling Stone

H2O (RCA, 1982)
Maneater
Crime Pays
Art of Heartbreak
One On One
Open All Night
Family Man
Italian Girls
Guessing Games
Delayed Reaction
At Tension
Go Solo

"Their well-stepped brew of gunshot percussion, hooky daubs of synthesizer and soulful, swooping vocals...is heavily in evidence on their latest effort."
Christopher Connelly, Rolling Stone

Rock 'n' Soul, Part I (RCA, 1983)
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)

Big Bam Boom (RCA, 1984)
Dance On Your Knees
Out Of Touch
Method Of Modern Love
Bank On Your Love
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid
Going Through The Motions
Cold Dark and Yesterday
All American Girl
Possession Obsession

"Big Bam Boom was the last blockbuster album soul-rockers Hall & Oates generated (and their last to make the Top Ten album chart). The album was percussion-heavy, and as the title suggests, bombastic. It produced four hit singles, including their last chart-topper, 'Out of Touch,' and the soulful Top Ten hit 'Method of Modern Love.'"
All Music Guide

Live At The Apollo (RCA, 1985)
Apollo Medley (Get Ready / Ain't Too Proud To Beg / The Way You Do The Things You Do / My Girl)
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
Every Time You Go Away
I Can't Go For That
One On One
Possession Obsession
Adult Education

"Far better than seeing them live, the album offers little of what makes their shows annoying and much of what makes their records so exciting."
Jimmy Guterman, Rolling Stone

Ooh Yeah! (Arista, 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

"This is their first album in almost four years, and to hear it is to remember the desperately needed shot of soul they provided in the early Eighties, when black acts had a hard time getting on the radio....Black music by black artists has come back back in a big way since Hall and Oates have been gone, but that doesn't mean there's not room for them anymore."
Rob Hoerburger, Rolling Stone


Daryl Hall and John Oates first met in 1967, when their bands (Hall's Temptones and Oates' Masters) were in a competition held in Philadelphia's Adelphi Ballroom.

Daryl Hall collaborated with his girlfriend, Sara Allen, on a number of songs, including the hit "Sara Smile." Sara's sister Janna cowrote "Kiss On My List." It was her first attempt at songwriting.