So while having a day off from work, it’s Ascension Day in Sweden today, why not post something here. If you’ve been following this blog you’ll notice a lil’ change today, i won’t be adding pictures no more. The reason for this is i don’t wanna get in trouble or in worst case gettin sued. How did i came to this decision then all of a sudden? In one of my previosuly editions i had used a picture that belonged to a like “picture agency” a guy in Sweden has. He pointed it out to me that i’ve had “stolen” a pic from there without his permission. Now i had no idea that neither he or his agency existed thou when i looked it up it was clearly where the pic came from in the first place. He said it’s fine for this time but if i do it again…he would be compelled to act. I totally understand him and it was a “wake-up call”. He also said he found this little blog of mine intresting with intresting artists!
I like posting pictures showing the life and career of the artist i’m writing about but if i was to track down every photographer and ask for their permission to use a certain picture it would take a very long time and perhaps it could be very expensive as well. As the saying goes “better safe than sorry”! Anyway now you know that time to focus on today’s artist whom had some great successes in the ’70:s and ’80:s along with partner John Oates. Today’s artist is Daryl Hall of the duo Hall & Oates. He was born in Pottstown, a Pennsylvania borough located 40 miles (64 km) from Philadelphia. The music was there from the very beginning and especially singing since his father was a professional singer and his mother a vocal coach. While still being a student at the Oral J. Roberts he began recording. Later in college at Temple University, he majored in music, while still recording working as both as an artist and session musician with the legendary songwriting duo Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff shortly known as Gamble & Huff.
In soul circuits these two gentlemen are in the same league as Lennon/McCartney or Jagger/Richards in pop/rock circuits however if you know your music history you know your songwriters. Back to Daryl whom during his first semester at Temple University in the fall of 1965 along with 4 white students formed the vocal harmony group Temptones. They were popular additions to the largely black Philly soul scene, defeating groups like The Ambassadors and The Delfonics in a contest at the Uptown Theatre. The Temptones recorded a handful of singles for Arctic Records, produced by Jimmy Bishop. While performing at the Uptown theatre, Hall formed creative affiliations with such artists as Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, and many other top soul singers of the 1960s. Then in 1967 he met his partner to be, John Oates, whom also studied at the same university. These two guys found eachother fast and it didn’t took long before they began playing together. Then Oates was transferred to another school but Daryl kept on playing never the less. He dropped out of college in 1968 and worked with a guy called Tim Moore in a short-lived rock band called Gulliver and released an album on Elektra Records in 1969.
Daryl began recording songs by other artists which led to a like “reunion” with John Oates and the duo signed a contract with Atlantic Records in the early 1970:s. They were signed by the founder of Atlantic Ahmet Ertegun and managed by Tommy Motola. The duo did 3 albums with Atlantic before they were dropped and promptly signed by RCA. This turned out to be a perfect match cause now the duo catapulted into international stardom. Between the mid ’70:s and mid ’80:s they scored 6 no. 1 singles on the Billboard Charts. It’s been said that the duo are the best selling duo of all time i can’t say for sure if this is true. John and Daryl never really quit their group despite dooing solo projects, charity projects or restoring old homes in both the UK and the U.S. as Daryl does. They were inducted to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. Daryl was closing act of the world wide broadcasted marathon concert from Wembley Stadium in London, UK and the John F Kennedy Stadium in Philly. On the Philly part Daryl was the last one to perform. This took place July 13 1985 and beeing a kid then it was big time wow moment! Later that year Daryl was featured on the song “We Are the World” by the supergroup USA for Africa. As the song implies it was benefit/charity project for the starvation in Etiophia at that time.
Daryl has been involved in dozens of musical prjocets and are still doing it including tv-shows or writing songs for others. Basically doing what he has always done! In Sweden we have a saying “cobbler stick to your last” meaning do what you do the best. As i mentioned Hall & Oates never really split up, their latest album came in 2006 called Home For Christmas. They are still touring and performing as Hall & Oates. Ok why did i pick Daryl for this edition, why not?! As a music nerd and grewing up during the ’80:s offcourse i’m familiar to the duo thou i’ve never really been listening to them. Some weeks ago while listening to the radio in the truck at work they played a song by Daryl called “I’m In a Philly Mood”. Never heard this song before but it got stuck immediately and is a great example of “Blue eyed soul”. This very track can be found on Daryl’s album Soul Alone from 1993.
Finally as always enjoy your listening!!
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