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Daryl Franklin Hohl, plus connu sous le nom de Daryl Hall, né le 11 octobre 1946 à Pottstown (Pennsylvanie, États-Unis), est un chanteur américain.

Avec John Oates, il a formé le duo Hall & Oates, qui a notamment pris part, avec USA for Africa, à la chanson We Are the World. En solo, Daryl Hall a sorti les albums :

Sacred Songs (1980)
Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine (1986)
Soul Alone (1993)
Can’t Stop Dreaming (1996)
Live in Philadelphia (2004)

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Daryl Hall (born Daryl Franklin Hohl on October 11, 1946, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and songwriter best known as half of the music duo Hall & Oates (with music partner John Oates).


Early life and career

His mother played songs by Frank Sinatra to him as a child, and he later became a fan of Motown and other R&B/soul music. He took piano lessons as a child, but he did not like them. He would skip the lessons and ride his bicycle across the bridge from his grandfather’s farm over to the heart of the black « Chicken Hill » ghetto, where he could just listen and absorb the music.

In the 1960s, Hall attended Temple University, but did not graduate, preferring instead to spend his time singing on the street corners and playing with various musicians and groups. At that time, Daryl Hohl (as he was called then) sang backup for different bands. He eventually changed his last name to Hall. Daryl Hall idolized the Temptations and began to perform session work as a singer. He first met John Oates at a band competition.

After John transferred to a different school, Daryl joined the band Gulliver, which released one eponymous album in 1969 before being dropped from their label.

Hall and Oates

The duo was formed in 1972, when Oates returned to Philadelphia.
The group enjoyed considerable mainstream success, with several #1 singles and a number of top 40 hits from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.

Solo projects

In 1977, Daryl Hall completed his first solo effort, Sacred Songs, produced by Robert Fripp. RCA thought the album was uncommercial, however, and it was not released at the time. Hall and Fripp passed out demos to radio stations, generating strong interest in Sacred Songs. Though rooted in the R&B and Philly soul of Hall’s prior music, the album was also reminiscent of experimenters such as David Bowie and Brian Eno. Hall also sang on Fripp’s solo debut Exposure (1979).
Fripp and Hall so enjoyed working together that they seriously considered forming a full-time band (with bassist Tony Levin and drummer Jerry Marotta), but plans fell through, and the band Fripp envisioned eventually morphed into the 1980s version of King Crimson.

Hall & Oates went on a break after the 1985 tour. Hall was influenced to go to England and meet with Dave Stewart of the electro-pop duo group Eurythmics. The resulting solo album Hall released was Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine. It included a #5 hit « Dreamtime » and a Top 40 hit with « Foolish Pride. » It also contained perhaps a hint of Hall’s future solo projects, with the song « Someone Like You. » Despite Stewart’s co-production and guest background vocals from Joni Mitchell and Bob Geldof, RCA considered this album a commercial disappointment. It should be noted, however, that RCA did not promote this album at the level of the Hall & Oates’ previous albums, which upset Hall for years afterward. This was also the last album in the RCA deal with Hall & Oates. Hall performed a featured solo in the 1985 charity single « We Are the World » in 1985.

In 1993, Daryl Hall released his third solo album on Epic, called Soul Alone. Distinct from the « Hall & Oates sound, » this album features a more soulful and jazzy feel. However, Epic failed to find a marketing niche for Hall’s new sound. Despite one single being released, (« I’m In A Philly Mood »), the album was not a commercial success. In 1994 he released a duet with Dusty Springfield, « Wherever Would I Be? », which charted in the UK, and was featured in the movie While You Were Sleeping.

On the occasion of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in United States, Daryl Hall sang the official anthem, « Gloryland », with gospel group Sounds of Blackness.

Hall has also released a fourth solo album called Can’t Stop Dreaming and fifth Live In Philadelphia compilation. He is also featured on Kenny G’s « At Last…The Duets Album » doing a collaboration with the saxophonist on a version of James Ingram’s « Baby, Come To Me ».

In July 2005 Hall was diagnosed with Lyme Disease causing him to cancel a majority of Hall & Oates’ summer tour. Hall has reported that he is feeling better and he continues to tour with John Oates. 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.


Sacred Songs (1980)
We Are the World (1985)
Three Hearts in the Happy Ending Machine (1986)
Soul Alone (1993)
Can’t Stop Dreaming (1996)
Live in Philadelphia (2004)

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