Rich Girl – Hall and Oates – 1977

Hall and Oates Rich Girl Single CoverIn the midst of the New Wave era sat Hall and Oates, the most successful rock duo of all time with a staggering 34 singles reaching the US Top 40.  Their first #1 was Rich Girl in 1977.

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  • Daryl Hall & John Oates hail from Philadelphia in the US of A.
  • Daryl provides the lead vocals while John plays electric guitar and provides the BVs.
  • During the latter part of the 70s and into the 80s Hall and Oates had six #1 US singles.  As well as Rich Girl, there was: Kiss on My List, Private Eyes, I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do), Maneater, and Out of Touch – you remember them all now, don’t you?
  • Hall and Oates 1Hall and Oates had, in all, 34 hits on the US charts, seven platinum albums, and six gold albums. They are the most successful duo of the rock era.
  • In 2003, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  • Billboard magazine list Hall and Oates at #15 in their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.
  • In April 2014, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April of 2014.
  • Daryl and John still perform and, if you’ve never seen any episodes of Live From Daryl’s House then you are really missing out on something special!

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  • Rich Girl, written by Daryl Hall, was Hall and Oates first #1 single.
  • Rich Girl was recorded in 1976 and featured on the album, Bigger Than Both of Us.  It reached #1 on March 26, 1977.
  • Rich Girl, about a spoiled girl who can rely on her parents’ money to do whatever she wants, was rumoured to be about newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. The song is actually about an ex-boyfriend of Daryl Hall’s girlfriend, Sara Allen. Daryl explained,

You can’t write, ‘You’re a rich boy’ in a song, so I changed it to a girl.

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