Hall and Oates – From Philly Soul Onward

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Hall and Oates
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ART (Active Release Technologies) associate vice president of operations Mark Fretta holds responsibilities that include consulting with lawyers and managing human resources. Mark Fretta enjoys such 1980s stars as Hall and Oates.

While at Temple University, Daryl Hall and John Oates met and realized they had similar tastes in rhythm and blues, doo wop, and Philadelphia soul. They teamed up to write and perform folk songs together. After a producer from Atlantic Records signed them, other producers shifted their sound away from folk for their first three albums: Whole Oates, Abandoned Luncheonette, and War Babies.

Success did not materialize until they moved to RCA. Their first RCA album, Bigger Than the Both of Us, featured their first number one, “Rich Girl.” Adding more rock to their sound, the Voices album included their second number one, “Kiss On My List.” The follow-up Private Eyes produced two number ones, “Private Eyes” and “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).” Their next record, H2O, sold over 2 million copies of their biggest hit, “Maneater.”

By 1984, Hall and Oates had become the most successful duo in history, edging out the Everly Brothers with their 19 gold and platinum discs. That year they released Big Bam Boom, from which came the number one “Out of Touch.”

After an unsuccessful Hall album and a hiatus, the duo’s chart dominance faded. Although Change of Season won gold, it produced only one top-20 single. The 1997 comeback, Marigold Sky, was only partially successful. The next record, Do It for Love, did better. They later released a holiday album, Home for Christmas, and a boxed set covering their career.

The 2010s have been busy. The group toured several times and appeared on American Idol and The Voice. Each member put out solo albums, and in 2014, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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