One On One – Daryl Hall & John Oates | Top 40 Chart Performance, Story and Song Meaning

Chart Performance: Pop (#7) and Adult Contemporary (#4); 1983

Story Behind The Song By Ed Osborne

Before Hall and Oates became, well, “Hall & Oates,” Daryl Hall had shown off his fine falsetto with the Temptones, while John Oates showcased his rich baritone as a member of the Masters. Legend has it that the two Temple University students bumped into each other, literally, while running from a record hop fight. They performed together briefly, then went their separate ways. Hall recorded with Gulliver in 1969, the same year he reunited with Oates. The blue-eyed soul duo released three albums on Atlantic Records which yielded no hit singles until She’s Gone went to #7 after they had switched to RCA and scored with Sara Smile (#4; 1976). Despite releasing a string of fine 45’s H&O managed only two Top 10 hits in four years – Rich Girl in 1977 and Kiss On My List in 1981 – both #1 smashes. Kiss sparked a string of six straight funky hits before Hall & Oates slowed down the tempo and turned up the he-and-she heat on One On One.

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Produced by:

  • Daryl Hall
  • John Oates

Lyrics Written by:

  • Daryl Hall