Daryl Hall & John Oates – Also known as Hall and Oates
The first hit I remember, “She’s Gone”, is pure gold. It was released in 1974 and 1976 (it suffered from bad marketing the first time, I suppose). Both times, I was in high school (1974-1978).
I’m going to display a few YouTube videos, but it’s hard to choose from so many good songs. They’ve had a ton of hit songs and they’ve sold millions of albums.
Hall and Oates
From what I understand, the duo doesn’t like to be called “Hall and Oats”. It was never used as their names on any original album covers. You see it abbreviated as “Hall and Oats” (like I did above) and “Hall & Oats”.
Just because they’re known by a certain name, it doesn’t mean they have to like it. Since they don’t like it, I don’t understand why they sued a company for using “Haulin’ Oats” as a product name.
I bought a few compilation albums for various artists back when compact discs started to become popular (in the 1980s). They never failed to include at least one hit song by Daryl Hall and John Oates. I don’t have any of them now. I copied and converted them to MP3 files years ago (some people call it “ripping”).
Covers and Originals
The original recording of “She’s Gone” by Daryl Hall and John Oats is my favorite. It was covered by both Lou Rawls and Tavares and I didn’t like either of those versions.
On the other hand, the original recording of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin'” by the Righteous Brothers is my favorite. The Daryl Hall and John Oats version is good, but not quite good enough to sway me.
She’s Gone – 1974
Maneater – 1982