Back in 1984, the RIAA declared that Daryl Hall and John Oates were the most successful duo in rock history.
Statistically, they had surpassed such dynamic duos as the Everly Brothers and the Righteous Brothers. They’ve held onto this title over the ensuing thirty years. But that is just one element in a much deeper, richer tale of triumphs (and occasional travails) for this pair from Philadelphia.
For starters, they rank among the most long-lived acts of the rock era. Their friendship dates back to 1967, and initial stabs at collaboration began shortly thereafter, although their first album wouldn’t appear until 1972.