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After years of waiting, one of the top-selling duos in the history of music is finally going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Of course, they are Daryl Hall and John Oates. The two created a unique and influential blend of rock and roll and soul, perfecting blue-eyed soul.
Hall and Oates started performing together in the early 1970s and did record a few albums, but it wasn’t until 1973 that they finally hit it big. Their second album, Abandoned Luncheonette, contained the hit “She’s Gone.” But it began to look like they might be one-hit wonders. They didn’t notch another big hit until 1976, when “Sara Smile” finally began hit the charts. That was quickly followed with “Rich Girl,” but then came yet another dry spell for them.
In 1980, though, they changed the face of music, beginning an incredible streak of hit after hit. Voices reinvigorated their career, while Private Eyes and H2O kept the streak going. While later albums didn’t contain the same powerful hits released during this creative streak, they continued to notch minor hits and are still performing together.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Hall said that he was surprised and happy to be inducted. “I've always been sort of on the other side of the fence with the old guard and the powers-that-be,” he told the magazine. “So it was a bit of a surprise to me. This turn of events and the way things are changing is very pleasant. I think it's the right thing and I think it validates something that needs to have a reason to be serious.”
Without further ado, here’s a sampling of some of their best work.