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Daryl Hall


Daryl Hall - Can't Stop Dreaming - 1996 - BMG International

A great sophisticated jazz pop/soul/R&B album from one of the greatest artists ever to emerge from the Philly scene. Listen to Daryl's "Soul Alone" album, Hall & Oates masterful "Marigold Sky", and John Oates' "1000 Miles Of Life" album. N.B: "Can't Stop Dreaming" was reissued in 2003 with "Something About You" omitted


1 - Can't Stop Dreaming (Daryl Hall, Walter Afanasieff, Dan Shea & Alan Gorrie)
2 - Let Me Be The One (Daryl Hall, Melvin Ragin & Alan Gorrie)
3 - Something About You (EXCLUSIVE) (Daryl Hall, David Bellochio & Sara Allen)
4 - Cab Driver (Daryl Hall, Alan Gorrie & Louis Brown)
5 - Never Let Me Go (Daryl Hall, Arthur Baker & Alan Gorrie)
6 - Holding Out For Love (Daryl Hall & Alan Gorrie)
7 - Justify (Daryl Hall & Louis Brown)
8 - What's In Your World (Daryl Hall, Louis Brown, Scott Parker & Alan Gorrie)
9 - Hold On To Me (Daryl Hall, Walter Afanasieff, Alan Gorrie & Sara Allen)
10 - She's Gone (Daryl Hall & John Oates)
11 - All By Myself (Daryl Hall & Alan Gorrie)
12 - Fools Rush In (Daryl Hall, David Bellochio & Alan Gorrie)


Daryl Hall : Keyboards, Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Ray Fuller, Alan Gorrie, Dann Huff, Paul Livant, Craig Ross, Wah Wah Watson : Guitar
Bob Mayo : Guitar (Acoustic)
Jack Daley, Tom "T-Bone" Wolk RIP : Bass
Dan Shea : Piano
David Bellochio : Drums, Keyboards
Jerry Krenach, Steve Wolf : Drums
Peter Moshay : Percussion
Andy Snitzer, Roger Ball : Saxophone
Sandy B, Klyde Jones, Alexis England : Vocals (Background)


Musician, known for being part of the 70s and 80s duo, Hall & Oates. John Oates and Daryl Hall combined their talents to produce such hits as "Maneater," "Rich Girl" and "No Can Do." A musician from Philadelphia, Daryl Hall attended Temple University where he met future partner John Oates. They played together for a short time in the late 60s, until John Oates decided to transfer schools. Daryl Hall did not let this discourage his musical career though and he began playing with the rock group Gulliver. The band produced one album on the Elektra label before disbanding. Daryl Hall then became a back-up musician. Upon John Oates return to Philadelphia in 1972, the two got back together and formed the band Hall & Oates. Hall & Oates performed folk rock tunes, most of which placed on the musical charts. Tommy Mottola became the group's manager and got them a contract on the Atlantic record label. Tommy Mottola was also responsible for signing Mariah Carey to the Atlantic label in the 80s. The group's first album, Whole Oates, was released in 1972. The duet changed their style on their 1974 War Babies album to a harder rock sound but based on the success of the album the two disregarded the sound and went back to pop-rock. Hall & Oates left Philadelphia for New York in 1976. They signed with RCA and produced their first Top 10 hit, "Sara Smile," in 1976. The group achieved their first hit single "Rich Girl" with the 1976 album Bigger Than the Both of Us. It was this recording that led Hall & Oates to achieve the success and fame they enjoy today. Before continuing to record more albums and hits, the two decided to refine their sound in the late 70s. Their songs began to sound more like rock, with more guitar solos. It wasn't until 1980 that Hall & Oates produced another successful album. The album, Voices, rendered such hits as "You Lost That Lovin' Feeling," "Kiss On My List" and "You Make My Dreams." The 80s saw Hall & Oates producing many albums including Private Eyes and H2O which became a double platinum success for the duo. Because of all their chart-topping hits, by 1984 Hall & Oates became the most chart-topping duo in history, topping the folk 60s popular duo, the Everly Brothers. Their 1984 album, Big Bam Boom sold more than two million copies and produced four hit singles. Hall & Oates received the American Music Award for favorite pop group, also in 1984. Despite the outrageous success of the band, Hall & Oates disbanded. Both Daryl Hall and John Oates pursued solo careers only to reunite in 1988 for the album Ooh Yeah! In the 90s Hall & Oates maintain a low image. The duo tours and in 1997 produced Marigold Sky, an album which has been just as successful as their first album. © Kim Summers © 2010 Rovi Corporation. All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:a9fixqu5ld6e~T1


Daryl Hall (born Daryl Franklin Hohl, October 11, 1946 in Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is an American rock, R&B and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer, best known as the founder and half of the music duo Hall & Oates (with music partner/guitarist John Oates), who also served as lead vocalist. Guitarist Robert Fripp, who collaborated with Hall in the late 1970s and early '80s, has written, "Daryl's pipes were a wonder. I have never worked with a more able singer." He currently hosts the web tv series, Live From Daryl's House. Hall has written or co-written 11 Billboard Number One songs, "She's Gone" (with John Oates as covered by Tavares), "Rich Girl", "Kiss On My List" (with Janna Allen), "Private Eyes" (with Sara Allen, Janna Allen & Warren Pash), "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (with John Oates & Sara Allen), "Say It Isn't So", "Maneater" (with John Oates & Sara Allen), "Out of Touch" (with John Oates), "Everytime You Go Away" (with John Oates - as covered by Paul Young) and "Do It For Love" (with John Oates). Hall also sang lead vocals and has written or co-written 7 more popular Billboard songs that also made it to the Top 10, such as: "Adult Education" (with John Oates & Sara Allen), "Method of Modern Love" (with Janna Allen), "You Make My Dreams" (with John Oates & Sara Allen), "Everything Your Heart Desires", "One on One", "So Close" (with Jon Bon Jovi & Danny Kortchmar) and "Did It in a Minute" (with Sara Allen & Janna Allen). In addition, he also sang lead vocals while covering on another Top 10 hit: "Family Man," a song that was written by Mike Oldfield, a year earlier than its release. Starting his career as a teenager on the streets of Philadelphia, Hall quickly formed creative affiliations with such artists as Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and many other top soul singers of the 1960s. He began his recording career with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, working as both an artist and session musician. This was during and after he attended Owen J. Roberts High School in Pottstown, where he graduated in 1964, and entered into Temple University, majoring in music, while working as a session artist. In 1967, he met John Oates, also a college student from Temple, and embarked on a 30-odd year creative journey. According to Daryl Hall they met when, "We got in the middle of a fight at a record hop - I have no idea what the fight was about. I guess the Greek letters on one gang's jackets didn't appeal to the other gang. We both beat it out the back and met on the elevator while leaving the place rather quickly." Hall was already a senior, while Oates was a freshman, and both had played it out temporarily, until Oates transferred schools, at only 19. Daryl did not let this discourage his musical career as he worked in a short-lived rock band Gulliver. By 1969, just one year after his dropout from college, Hall went back to concentrating on recording other artists, which led them into signing their very first record contract, early in 1972. Signed to Atlantic by Ahmet Ertegun and managed by Tommy Mottola in the early 1970s, Hall & Oates have sold more albums than any other duo in music history. Their second album, Abandoned Luncheonette, produced by Arif Mardin and released in 1973, yielded the single, "She's Gone", which went to #7 in the U.S. Top 10 on re-release in 1976 after reaching #1 on the R&B charts when it was covered by Tavares. The duo recorded one more album with Atlantic, War Babies (produced by Todd Rundgren), before they were dropped and promptly signed to RCA. During their tenure at RCA the duo catapulted to international superstardom. From the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s, Hall & Oates would score six U.S. #1 singles, including "Rich Girl" (also #1 R&B), "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (also #1 R&B), "Maneater" and "Out of Touch" from their six multi-platinum albums - Bigger Than Both of Us, Voices, Private Eyes, H2O, Rock 'n Soul Part 1 and Big Bam Boom - the last five of which were released consecutively. The era would also produce an additional five U.S. Top 10 singles, "Sara Smile", "One on One", "Family Man," "You Make My Dreams", "Say It Isn't So" and "Method of Modern Love". In addition to his work with Oates, Hall has made music as a solo artist as well as recording with Robert Fripp in the late ‘70s, working on Fripp’s critically praised, Exposure album from 1979. 1977 Fripp produced and performed on Hall's debut solo album, the much-acclaimed Sacred Songs. This album was released 1980. In 1985, Hall participated in the We Are the World session as well as closing the Live Aid show in Philadelphia. He also made an album with Dave Stewart that year, Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. He has recorded such solo works as Soul Alone in 1993 and Can't Stop Dreaming in 1996, both of which were received well internationally. In July 2005, Hall was diagnosed with Lyme Disease causing him to cancel a majority of Hall & Oates' summer tour. The duo released a Christmas album in October 2006 titled Home for Christmas. In 2007, Hall guest starred on the HBO series Flight of the Conchords, portraying an MC of a world music fest. On November 14, 2007, Hall appeared on the Howard Stern Show, discussed his hatred of deer and rabbits, prompted by his career-threatening bout with Lyme Disease, sang acoustic versions of "Sara Smile' and "Rich Girl", and talked about his new monthly performance webcast called "Live from Daryl's House". The webcast has so far featured appearances by KT Tunstall, Eric Hutchinson, and Gym Class Heroes' Travis McCoy, as well as a holiday special featuring songs from the Hall and Oates release, Home for Christmas. The show recently featured guests Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger of The Doors. Speaking of his reasons for starting the "Live From Daryl's House" webcast, in June 2008 Hall told noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul: "For me it was sort of an obvious thing. I've been touring my whole adult life really, and, you know, you can't be EVERYWHERE! Nor do I WANT to be everywhere at this point! I only like to spend so much time per year on the road. So I thought 'Why don't I just do something where anyone who wants to see me anywhere in the world CAN?! And, instead of doing the artist/audience performance-type thing, I wanted to deconstruct it and make the audience more of a fly-on-the-wall kind of observer... I mean, what I've always done onstage is very natural. I talk to the audience and it's a very sitting-roomy kind of thing. So I just thought I'd basically bring that to the web." On March 12, 2008, Hall played a well-received set with his band at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Hall was slated to sing the National Anthem of the United States before Game 5 of the 2008 World Series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Due to an illness Hall could not appear and Oates filled in for him. In 2009, Hall guest starred on the Independent Film Channel series, Z-Rock (as himself). Hall had a 30-plus year relationship with Sara Allen (the inspiration for the song "Sara Smile"). They were never married nor had any children. Their relationship ended in 2005, and while the reasons for the breakup remain between Hall and Allen, it did come shortly after Allen's younger sister, Jana, succumbed to cancer. Daryl does have one son, Darren, from another relationship. Hall restores and preserves historic homes in both the United States and England. According to the Associated Press, he is the new owner of the 345-year-old John Bray House, in Maine. He also has restored a Georgian-style home in London, England, first built in 1740, one of only 50 houses with direct waterfront access to the River Thames. He is currently restoring two homes, one built in 1771, the other in 1780, both now located on the same property in Dutchess County, New York. After he moved them together, he discovered both homes, by coincidence, were connected to the same family.


A.O.O.F.C said...


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Eric said...

I tell ya, I never really thought much of Darryl Hall's voice during the Hall & Oats heyday.
Not to say I didn't think he was a good singer.
It's just Hall & Oats in general ( mainly latterday day era) just isn't my cup of tea.
("She's Gone" of course being a classic.)
But what changed my mind was Hall's contributions to Robert Fripp's "Exposure" album.
He really did a nice job on tracks like "North Star".

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, Eric. There are probably two phases of H&O. The earlier pure Blue Eyed Soul of Abandoned Luncheonette, and the later disco orientated pop soul stuff, which many people dislike. Nevertheless, Sara Smile, She's Gone, and a few more are all time classics. Fripp's "Exposure" is a good album, with great work from Daryl Hall. Seemed like an unlikely combination, but it worked. Talking of Robert Fripp, I must post some King Crimson stuff. KC are almost forgotten nowadays. Cheers, Eric! I'll be in touch soon...P

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A.O.O.F.C said...

Nice to hear from you,José. Thanks for your kind words. I'll look at that link. I'm always hoping to discover something interesting. Cheers, & TTU soon

Eric said...

Agreed " Abandoned Luncheonette" I have on vinyl = good album.
The latterday stuff was executed great if that's one's style of music.
I just felt it a little too wimpy.

A.O.O.F.C said...

Hi, Eric. Yes. The later H&O is probably for the disco audience. Still...It's highly polished, pro stuff, and a few of their songs should stand the test of time. Just gimme that night fever....Not!