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Rock & Roll - It's bigger than both of them Hall and Oates chic to chic

Article by Cliff Jahr, Photographs by Annie Leibovitz - ROLLING STONE 1977

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Daryl at home with friend Sandy Allen

Daryl Hall and John Oates make music that doesn't fit neatly into categories. As teenage session cats for Gamble and Huff, they worked with the Delfonics, the Stylistics and Chubby Checker. Their sound reflects this, but they bridle at being labeled "blue-eyed soul" la Boz Scaggs or AWB.

"We're not doing Al Jolson routines," says Hall, beginning to pace. "Y'know, mimicking, trying to copy black people. We're white people having feelings. The essence or soul transcends blackness or whiteness. Even though our stuff is superficially R&B, we sing about what white people think about. Our songs have white image. Like in 'She's Gone,' for example, take the lyric: 'Up in the morning, look in the mirror / I'm worn as her toothbrush hanging in the stand.' It's a white image. That's why black people can't really cover our songs.

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