Mick Rock/Wolfson EntertainmentA new animated video featuring audio of Daryl Hall and John Oates recounting the story of how they first met back in the 1960s has premiered exclusively on Billboard.com.
In the cartoon, the famous pop duo explains that, at the time, they had been members of separate bands — Hall in The Temptones and Oates in The Masters — that each had singles and had been booked to lip-sync their respective tunes at a dance at the Adelphi Ballroom in Philadelphia.
Hall explains that in the audience at the concert were members of local fraternities, which he describes as “gangs with Greek letters,” and during the show a fight broke out.
Before long, says Daryl, “People started pulling out…bike chains and switchblades…[and] shots finally rang out.” Fleeing from the fracas, Hall and Oates both ended up in the same elevator and started chatting, discovering that they both were students at Temple University.
Daryl notes that while “Hall & Oates was not born then,” he and John “at least acknowledged each other’s existence.” That began a friendship that eventually led to their musical partnership, which continues to this day.
Oates also tells a more in-depth version of the story in his new memoir, Changes of Seasons.
Hall & Oates will kick off a lengthy new North American tour with opening act Tears for Fears on May 4 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You can check out all the dates at HallandOates.com.
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