One interesting thing about Daryl and John is that they met at Temple University in 1967, in an extraordinary way. They were both in bands on campus but didn’t know each other, and one night there was a "Battle of The Bands," competition, when suddenly shots rang out. Two rival gangs who were attending the event began shooting at each other and everyone took off running. Daryl and John found themselves near a service elevator and that's where they met. They became great friends and ended up sharing an apartment together. The tag on their mailbox read: "Hall & Oates," and this is where they came up with the name of their band.
It took eight years of experimenting with various types of music before they struck it big. Daryl was the lead singer and John mostly played guitar and sang harmonies. Once they settled on what became “Pop Music,” they wrote songs that fit the genre and that's when the hits began coming. I find it amazing that they were pretty much able to put out at least one huge hit for 13 years straight.
They still tour from time to time and have had the honor of being inducted in both the “Songwriters Hall of Fame,” and the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.” I love their music but admit that before I began researching this duo, I had no idea that they were more successful than Simon and Garfunkel.