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An American music duo consisting of Daryl Franklin Hohl (born October 11, 1946), also known as Daryl Hall, and John William Oates (born April 7, 1948).

Active since the 1970s, they are known for their unique brand of music, a mixture of Rock and R&B, with hits like "Sara Smile," "Private Eyes," "Out of Touch," "Kiss on My List," "Maneater," "One on One" and their cover of "Family Man". With over 40 million records sold, they are the most popular music duo in history.


Studio Discography:

  • Whole Oats (1972)
  • Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)
  • War Babies (1974)
  • Daryl Hall & John Oates (1975)
  • Bigger Than Both of Us (1976)
  • Beauty on a Back Street (1977)
  • Along the Red Ledge (1978)
  • X-Static (1979)
  • Voices (1980)
  • Private Eyes (1981)
  • H2O (1982)
  • Big Bam Boom (1984)
  • Ooh Yeah! (1988)
  • Change of Season (1990)
  • Marigold Sky (1997)
  • Do It for Love (2003)
  • Our Kind of Soul (2004)
  • Home for Christmas (2006)

Daryl Hall Solo Studio Discography:

  • Sacred Songs (1980)
  • Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine (1986)
  • Soul Alone (1993)
  • Can't Stop Dreaming (1996)
  • Laughing Down Crying (2011)


John Oates Solo Studio Discography:

  • Phunk Shui (2003)
  • Solo: The Album/The Concert (2006)
  • 1000 Miles of Life (2008)
  • Mississippi Mile (2011)
  • The Bluesville Sessions (2012)
  • Stand Strong (2014)
  • Good Road to Follow (2014)
  • Arkansas (with The Good Road Band; 2017)

Tropes related to their works:

  • Badass Mustache: John Oates's signature. They've even started selling T-shirts!
  • Christmas Songs: They released the album Home for Christmas in 2006, mixing originals, traditional carols, classic Christmas pop, and some relatively modern songs (like The Band's "Christmas Must Be Tonight").
  • Cover Version: Largely averted in the first half of their career, as they only very rarely did songs not written by either man. The big exceptions were "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling", which was a nod to their obvious Blue-Eyed Soul predecessors The Righteous Brothers, and "Family Man" by Mike Oldfield. Both covers were released as singles and became big hits. In their later career they recorded lots of covers and songs by outside writers.
  • Epic Rocking: The full version of "She's Gone" on Abandoned Luncheonette runs past five minutes, and after that their albums typically included a really long song or two.
  • Femme Fatale: The subject of "Maneater".
  • Full-Name Basis: Their official credit is "Daryl Hall & John Oates". If the packaging says "Hall & Oates" (usually on budget live albums), you can be sure they didn't approve it.
  • Greatest Hits Album: Rock 'N Soul Part 1; The Very Best of Daryl Hall & John Oates.
  • Hair-Contrast Duo: A Real Life example. Hall is a blond, Oates is a brunette.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: They've been recording music together since 1970, meaning they've known each other longer than all of both their marriages/romantic relationships put together.
  • Insistent Terminology: They are "Daryl Hall & John Oates", not just "Hall & Oates."
  • Lyrical Cold Open: "Rich Girl" starts off with an a capella "You're a rich girl" before adding in the keyboard, and the full band doesn't kick in until a few lines later.
  • One-Woman Song: "Sara Smile".
  • Punny Title: Their debut album, Whole Oats. Daryl Hall's legal name is Daryl Hohl, so it represents a misspelling of both of their names.
  • Rich Bitch: The subject of "Rich Girl", with the closing line being "You're a rich rich bitch, yeah."
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: "Rich Girl" does whatever she wants because she knows her rich dad will cover for her.

Alternative Title(s): Hall And Oates


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