Album of the Day: Hall & Oates (9/15/75)

41KGXIyrXJL._SL160_Temple University students Darryl Hall & John Oates were knocking around the Philadelphia-area music scene separately in the mid-60s. They met by chance and formed a short lived collaboration in several area R&B bands before splitting in 1968. Rejoining in 1969 as a mostly blue-eyed R&B/soul songwriting duet, they accumulated enough material by 1972 to start anew and managed to sign a contract with Atlantic Records. Three mediocre albums followed: Whole Oats (1972), Abandoned Luncheonette (1973) and War Babies (1974). Switching to RCA, their big break came on September 15, 1975 with the album Darryl Hall & John Oates. It was straight forward pop-rock with a strong Philly-soul influence, lots of production in lush ballads and moderate pop-rock, including the #4 single, “Sara Smile.” Except for one other hit (“Rich Girl,” #1, 1977), Hall & Oates slipped back into the second tier but rebounded in the early 80s with 12 Top 10 singles (five of them #1’s) and four platinum-selling albums between 1981 to 1985. A Hall & Oates playlist is planned for The Playlist Vault at DrRock.com and Darryl Hall & John Oates can be purchased as a CD on Amazon our downloaded on iTunes.

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