Happy birthday Daryl Hall!

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Daryl Hall (born October 11, 1946) is an American musician, producer, and songwriter. He is best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and keyboardist of the duo Hall & Oates. Some of the duo's hit singles include "Rich Girl," "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That," "Maneater," and "Out of Touch."

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Hall was Daryl Franklin Hohl born in Pottstown Pennsylvania to musical parents. His mother was a voice coach and his father was a professional singer. After he graduated high school, during which he had already begun to record, he went on to study music at Temple University.

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Soon, he and three other Temple students formed the vocal quartet The Temptones. The Temptones recorded under Arctic Records, and became regulars on the Philadelphia soul scene.Hall worked as a session musician with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. (Image source)

 

Hall met John Oates while at a dance. According to Hall they got into a fight before becoming friends. They began to play together and continued to do so until Oates transferred schools. Hall played briefly in the rock band Gulliver, even appearing on an album produced by Elektra Records. But by 1972, Hall and Oates were signed to Atlantic Records.

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While with Atlantic, the duo produced three albums, the second of which yielded the single "She's Gone," which went to No. 7 in the U.S. Top 10 on re-release in 1976. After their third album, they were dropped by Atlantic. They were picked up almost immediately by RCA Records, the label that would usher the duo into the fame that they highlighted their careers.

 

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From the mid 1970s to the mid 1980s, Hall & Oates had six no. 1 hits: "Rich Girl" (also No. 1 R&B), "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," "I Can't Go for That" (No Can Do) (also No. 1 R&B), "Maneater," and "Out of Touch." Other important singles included "Sara Smile," "One on One," "Family Man," "You Make My Dreams", "Say It Isn't So" and "Method of Modern Love."

 

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Hall had other projects as well. He worked with Robert Fripp on his album Exposure (1979). By 1986, he produced the solo album Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. He went on to release Soul Alone (1993) and Can't Stop Dreaming (1996).

 

In 1994, he composed "Gloryland," which was the theme song for the same year's FIFA World Cup.

He has since appeared on television, including on Flight of the Conchords, Z-Rock, and on a Live from Daryl's House special on WGN America for their 2010 New Year's Eve coverage.

 

 

He continues to record, mostly as back up vocals or in other secondary roles. He appeared on UK electronic duo Nero's album Welcome Reality in 2011.

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  • Birthday Date: Saturday, 11 October 2014
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