In other entries on this list, we discussed the Philly Soul sound. Although Hall & Oates were not considered part of that genre, there is little doubt that they were inspired by it.
The Blue Eyed Soul duo of Daryl Hall & John Oates has the distinction of being the most successful duo in Rock music history. Known primarily for their Pop hits in the 80’s, it is often forgotten just how much their earlier work reflected their Soul and R&B influence. Although their work in the 80’s is not looked back as fondly by some it is a lot more textured and soul laced than given credit for. Considering their amount of success they are hampered by a current belittling of their style. Their chances will only improve should the style they popularized receive some creditability.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
U.S.A. (Philadelphia, PA)
Why They Will Get In:
They are the most successful duo of all time.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Some of their efforts may not be considered “rock” enough for the Hall.
Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)
Daryl Hall & John Oates (1975)
Bigger Than Both of Us (1976)
Private Eyes (1981)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
She’s Gone (From Abandoned Luncheonette, 1973)
Rich Girl (Bigger Than Both of Us, 1976)
Private Eyes (From Private Eyes, 1981)
Maneater (H2O), 1982)
Out of Touch (From Big Bam Boom, 1984)