John Oates 'Extremely Proud' of Hall & Oates, Calls Longevity a 'Miracle'

John Oates reflects on Hall & Oates' legendary music journey

by Zain ul Abedin
John Oates 'Extremely Proud' of Hall & Oates, Calls Longevity a 'Miracle'
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Despite a recent fallout with his former bandmate Daryl Hall, Grammy-nominated musician John Oates looks back on their partnership with fondness and pride. Oates, 76, shared his reflections on their legendary collaboration with PEOPLE, highlighting the "unbelievable memories" and success they experienced during the 1970s and '80s.

Oates cherishes the unique bond he and Hall shared, describing their partnership as an "experience that cannot be replicated." He reminisced about their early days, saying, "[It was] a real bond between two young guys who were trying to achieve something and found a partner who could help do that.

It really very seldom happens in life. So I’m extremely proud and grateful, and really, I have a lot of respect for the body of work that we created and the unbelievable experiences that we had together." Hall and Oates released their first album in 1972 and went on to sell over 80 million albums, earning their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2014.

With iconic hits like "Rich Girl" and "Maneater," they became one of the most successful rock duos in history, amassing 29 Top 40 hits between 1976 and 1990.

Business Tensions Emerge

However, Oates acknowledges that changes are inevitable after such a long partnership.

"At the same time, after 50 years, people grow apart," he said. "And I always thought it was a miracle that it lasted that long." In November, Hall, 77, filed a lawsuit and was granted a restraining order against Oates to prevent him from selling his share of their joint business venture.

Hall argued that the sale would violate a previous business agreement and cause him "imminent irreparable harm." Oates explains that while they rarely clashed creatively, their business dealings became a source of tension.

"Our partnership was established 50 years ago, and the documentation of that partnership was outdated and completely irrelevant to the people we became 50 years later," he noted. Despite their personal and professional differences, Oates remains proud of the music they created together.

He reflects, "Those songs will remain as the soundtrack for people’s lives. The songs don’t go away. And that’s the beauty of this long-term partnership. The thing that we created will endure. That’s the important thing.

I’m proud of everything we’ve done." As Oates prepares to release his sixth solo album, "Reunion," on May 17, he expresses gratitude for Hall & Oates' enduring legacy, even if their personal relationship has reached an impasse.