Daryl Hall in December 2011. Photo by Matthew Becker
|Birth name||Daryl Franklin Hohl|
|Born||October 11, 1946|
|Origin||Pottstown, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Genres||Soul, R&B, pop rock|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Carly Simon, Hall & Oates|
Daryl Hall (born October 11, 1946) is an American rock, R&B and soul singer, keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter and producer, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of Hall & Oates (with co-founder/guitarist/songwriter John Oates). Hall scored several Billboard chart hits in the 1970s and early 1980s, and is regarded as one of the best soul singers of his generation. Guitarist Robert Fripp, who collaborated with him in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has written, "Daryl's pipes were a wonder. I have never worked with a more able singer." Since late 2007, he has hosted the web television series, Live From Daryl's House. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004.
Early life and career 
Daryl Franklin Hohl was born in Pottstown, a Pennsylvania borough 40 miles (64 km) from Philadelphia. He started a recording career during and after attending Owen J. Roberts High School, from which he graduated in 1965 and entered Philadelphia's Temple University, majoring in music, while working with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff as both an artist and session musician. Pursuing his goals in the big city, Hall quickly formed creative affiliations with such artists as Smokey Robinson, the Temptations and many other top soul singers of the 1960s.
In 1967, he met John Oates, also a college student from Temple, and embarked on a 40-odd year creative journey. According to Daryl Hall they met when, "We got in the middle of a fight at a dance - 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 with Tim Moore in a short-lived rock band Gulliver and released one album on Elektra Records. 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.
Hall & Oates 
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 No. 7 in the U.S. Top 10 on re-release in 1976 after reaching No. 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 scored six U.S. No. 1 singles, including "Rich Girl" (also No. 1 R&B), "Kiss on My List", "Private Eyes", "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)" (also No. 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 also produced 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".
Solo projects 
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. In 1977 Fripp produced and performed on Hall's debut solo album, the much-acclaimed Sacred Songs. This album was released in 1980.
In 1985, Hall performed two songs in the first Farm Aid concert in Champaign, Illinois. 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 1994 composed "Gloryland" that was the Original Soundtrack of the 1994 FIFA World Cup.
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,Rob Thomas, 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 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."
In 2010 Hall was back in the studio working on a solo recording with bassist and musical director, T-Bone Wolk. Wolk died of a heart attack on February 28, 2010, hours after completing a session with Hall. Hall released a statement about the death of his bassist of nearly 30 years: “It’s not if I will go on, but how? T-Bone was one of the most sensitive and good human beings that I have ever known.”
On June 11, 2010 Hall shared the stage with electronic duo Chromeo for a special late night set at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The groups had previously collaborated in a 2008 episode of Live from Daryl's House. Their Bonnaroo set consisted of a mix of both Hall & Oates and Chromeo tracks with the encore featuring Fancy Footwork and You Make My Dreams.
Hall hosted WGN America's 2010 New Year's Eve coverage as a Live from Daryl's House special. The special featured clips of previous Live from Daryl's House episodes. Steve Dahl, a Chicago radio host, praised the special as the best New Year's Eve special on television for 2010–11, but criticized the show's lack of a live countdown to midnight.
On September 27, 2011 Daryl Hall released "Laughing Down Crying" on Verve Records.
In August 12, 2011 UK Electronic duo Nero released their debut album "Welcome Reality", which features guest vocals by Hall on the track "Reaching Out", which also samples Hall & Oates' 80's hit Out of Touch. Reaching Out was released as the sixth single on December 6, 2011.
Personal life 
Hall had a 30-plus year relationship with Sara Allen (the inspiration for the song "Sara Smile") which ended in 2001 for undisclosed reasons. They were never married nor had any children. He was married to Bryna Lublin from 1969 to 1972. He is now married to Amanda Aspinall and lives with her and his two step-children, March and Orson. March does backing vocals on songs "Save Me," "Message To Ya" and "Eyes For You" on Daryl's 2011 album, Laughing Down Crying. Hall does also have a biological son, Darren, from a one night stand with a fan named Andrea Zabloski.
Hall restores and preserves historic homes in both the United States and England. In 2008, he purchased the 18th century Bray House, in Kittery, Maine and is in the process of restoring it. 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 purchased two homes located near Hartford, Connecticut – one built in 1771, the other in 1780 – and had them moved to the same property in New York's Dutchess County where they were combined and restored. After having the houses moved, he discovered that both homes, by coincidence, were connected to the same family.
Hit singles 
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" (covered by Paul Young) and "Do It For Love" (with John Oates).
Hall also sang lead vocals and has written or co-written 8 more popular Billboard songs that also made it to the Top 10, such as: "Adult Education" (with John Oates & Sara Allen), "Sara Smile" (with John Oates - a song that refers to Hall's ex-girlfriend), "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). He has also had hits as a vocalist, reaching No. 12 with his 1980 rendition of The Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling," and No. 6 with 1983's "Family Man," written by Mike Oldfield.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|1986||Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine
|The Classic Ballads
|1996||Can't Stop Dreaming||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004||Live in Philadelphia · 2004
|2011||Laughing Down Crying
|"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released to that country|
|Year||Single||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1986||"Dreamtime"||5||24||36||—||28||53||30||—||—||28||Three Hearts in the
Happy Ending Machine
|"I Wasn't Born Yesterday"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||93|
|"Someone Like You"||57||11||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"I'm in a Philly Mood"||82||—||—||—||—||71||—||39||—||59||Soul Alone|
|"Stop Loving Me, Stop Loving You"||—||—||—||—||—||51||—||—||—||30|
|1994||"I'm in a Philly Mood" [re-release]||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||52|
|"Help Me Find a Way to Your Heart"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||70|
|"Gloryland" (with Sounds of Blackness)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||37||36||Non-album songs|
|1995||"Wherever Would I Be" (with Dusty Springfield)||—||—||—||—||—||73||—||—||—||44|
|1996||"Ghetto Smile" (B-Legit featuring Daryl Hall)||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"Justify" / "She's Gone"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Can't Stop Dreaming|
|1997||"Ghetto Smile" (B-Legit feat Daryl Hall||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||159||Non-album song|
|"Can't Stop Dreaming"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Can't Stop Dreaming|
|"What's In Your World"||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"What's in Your World" [US release]||—||27||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011||"Talking to You (Is Like Talking to Myself)"||—||16||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||Laughing Down Crying|
|"Eyes For You"||—||29||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
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