Music runs through Hall’s blood
The Pottstown native, Daryl Hall has a musical background as his father was a professional singer and mother was a vocal coach. Keeping up with the family traditions, Daryl began recording when he was still a student at the Owen J. Roberts High School. He then majored in music from the Temple University and worked with Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble as both a session musician and an artist.
The rise of the Temptones
While Daryl Hall was still at the Temple University, he along with four others members formed a vocal harmony group called the Temptones in the fall of 1965. The group became popular by defeating The Delfonics and The Ambassadors in a contest held at the Uptown Theater. The band remained in the spotlight and recorded multiple singles for the Arctic Records which were produced by Jimmy Bishop.
The formation of Hall & Oates
A couple of years after forming the Temptones, Daryl Hall bumped into John Oates. They became friends with music being their common interest. That eventually led to the formation of Hall & Oates in 1970. The duo released its debut album, ‘Whole Oats’ in 1972. They have put out seventeen records more since then and have also released twenty seven compilation albums on their way to selling more than six million singles in the United States.
The Hall & Oates success story
Hall & Oates have received great commercial success and have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. They had six number one singles to their credit in the United States during the mid 1970’s to the mid 1980’s. The list of hits included classics like Rich Girl, Private Eyes, Kiss on My List, I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do), Out of Touch and Maneater.
The duo also won some of the most prestigious awards in the business. In addition to that, the band also came out with six gold and seven platinum records. The Billboard magazine put Hall & Oates at number fifteen on its list of the “100 greatest artists of all time” and named them as the most successful duo of the rock era.
Daryl Hall, a solo phenomenon
Apart from Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall has also made his own music. As a solo artist, he has released six studio albums in total. He collaborated with Dave Stewart to produce his second record, ‘Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine’ featuring his top ten single, Dreamtime. The album went to the twenty ninth spot on the US Billboard 200 and was also well received by the critics as AllMusic gave it four stars out of five. He has also released records like, ‘Soul Alone’ and ‘Can’t Stop Dreaming’ both of which performed well internationally. On top of that, Daryl has also released eleven number one Billboard tracks.
Other collaborations and projects
Daryl Hall has worked alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. He collaborated with Robert Fripp and Arthur Baker to co-wrote and produce Diana Ross' single, Swept Away. He also performed two songs at the first Farm Aid concert in 1985 and took part in the We Are The World session. Moreover Hall, also composed the original soundtrack,Gloryland, of the 1994 FIFA World Cup and guest starred on ‘Flight of the Conchords.’ He also made an appearance on the Independent Film Channel series, ‘Z-Rock’ and shared the stage with Chromeo at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
Coming to you
Now the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee is gearing up for an epic tour and will shortly be making his way a venue near you. It promises to be a special road trip by the living legend. Book your Daryl Hall tickets and make your way to the arena to watch one of the biggest names in music history live in concert.