Daryl Hall and John Oates: No end in sight

"One On One" was one big hit for Hall and Oates back in the day -- and just one of the songs that keep the duo much in demand to this day. Here's Serena Altschul, For The Record: 

The video for "Maneater" may be dated, but the music definitely holds up.

"Whoa, here she comes,
Watch out boy, she'll chew you up,
Whoa, here she comes
She's a maneater."

Daryl Hall & John Oates - Maneater by hallandoatesVEVO on YouTube

And at a recent rehearsal, Daryl Hall and John Oates ran through their greatest hits, gearing up for their latest tour, while looking back at a decades' old partnership.

"Did I think that I'd be working with John and we'd be sitting side-by-side all these years later?" Hall said. "No, it didn't even occur to me."

Daryl Hall is 70, and John Oates 69 … and for them and their fans, the dreams keep coming true.

"Our job is the job that everyone dreams of," said Oates. "Play instruments, sing, write music, make records. Why would you wanna quit?"


Daryl Hall and John Oates in rehearsal.

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The duo has sold more than 80 million albums. They've been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Not a bad life for two very different people.

"If you look on every album we've ever made, it says, 'Daryl Hall and John Oates,'" said Oates. "Now, it may seem a subtle distinction. But we've always looked at ourselves as two individuals who are distinctly different, who work together. And to this day, that's how we view ourselves."

One thing they do have in common is Philadelphia.

"It's my hometown," said Hall. "It's where I was a kid. It was the biggest influence on me because I think the most important influences are your early ones. And boy, was I in the right place at the right time."

Both attended Temple University; both had their own bands. But how did they meet?

Oates took Altschul back to Philly, to the exact spot where Hall and Oates' history all began, at the site of the old Adelphi Ballroom. "This is freaking me out, by the way!" he laughed.

Their bands were to perform separately at the ballroom, but then a gang gunfight broke out.

"We had to leave," Hall recalled. "That's when we met. We met in the elevator. And I found out that he went to Temple."

"It's hard to go back in time," Oates observed. "You can have memories, but when the memories are connected to the actual physical space we're standing in the same space, basically Daryl's recording career and my recording career started in this room."

"Partners of almost 50 years," Altschul said. 

"This is too much for me!"

After becoming roommates, they started jamming together. "I used to play my little Wurlitzer piano," Hall said. "And I had a mandolin, and I used to play that. And he had his acoustic guitar. It was proximity really. It was an interesting coming together of music. And I think it formed especially our original sound, this sort of hybrid of soul music and folk music."