Singer/songwriter John Oates has had a successful musical partnership with Daryl Hall since forming Hall & Oates in 1969. After more than 30 years in the business, they rank among the highest-charting duos in rock history.
Oates was born April 7, 1949, in New York City. He was raised in Philadelphia, where, as a teen, he would sing on the street. Oates met Hall in 1967, when their respective bands competed in a battle-of-the-bands contest.
After earning a journalism degree, Oates joined Hall in a group called Gulliver in 1969. When the band split, Hall and Oates remained a duo. Their second LP, Abandoned Luncheonette (1973), featured "She's Gone," which became a #1 hit for Tavares before Hall & Oates registered their own #7 version in 1976.
Daryl Hall and John Oates (1975) yielded the #4 hit "Sara Smile." Bigger Than Both of Us (1976) went platinum, largely on the strength of the #1 "Rich Girl."
In the '80s, they switched from R&B-influenced rock to smooth dance-pop, and their chart successes increased. Hits included the #1 "Kiss on My List" (RealAudio excerpt) and the #5 "You Make My Dreams."
Private Eyes (1981) spawned two #1 hits: the title cut and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)." The following year, Hall & Oates topped the Billboard singles chart again, with "Maneater." Their last chart-topper was "Out of Touch" (1984).
After years of hiatus, Hall & Oates returned to hitmaking in the late '80s. Though they stopped collaborating for a good part of the '90s, they did issue Marigold Sky in 1997.
The duo plan to issue a new album this year.
Other birthdays Friday: Pat Bennett (the Chiffons), 53; Bruce Gary (the Knack), 48; and Mark Kibble (Take 6), 36.