You're forgiven to have believed that 'Rich Girl' became the first of six No. 1 songs for Hall and Oates on the strength of its snarky put-downs toward a particularly haughty girlfriend. But John Oates says that's not even close, as Daryl Hall had another inspiration entirely.
For Hall & Oates, it means a sort of validation. For Cat Stevens, there's a bit of embarrassment at how good it makes him feel. And for Linda Ronstadt, there's the awful realization that Parkinson's will probably keep her away from her big night.
They're best-known today for the string of enormous hit singles they enjoyed in the '80s, but those days of pop stardom were still a distant point on the horizon when Hall & Oates released their second album, 'Abandoned Luncheonette.'
Before they became one of the biggest acts of the '80s, Daryl Hall and John Oates kicked around various songs, styles and producers in search of a defining sound. Some worked; many didn't. Initially influenced by the thriving soul music coming out of their hometown of Philadelphia, the duo scored just as much R&B airplay as they did on Top 40 stations back in the mid-'70s.
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