Daryl Hall and John Oates face off in court in legal battle

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.23 - 2023 4:22 PM CET

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Music icons Daryl Hall and John Oates, famous for their duo Hall & Oates, are currently embroiled in a confidential legal dispute.

This dispute has escalated to the point where Daryl Hall has obtained a restraining order against his former music partner, John Oates.

The specific details of the lawsuit are sealed and not publicly accessible, but court records indicate that Hall filed a complaint against Oates on November 16, along with a motion for a temporary restraining order. The court granted this order, set to begin on November 30.

The situation was confirmed by the Nashville Chancery Court, but due to the sealed nature of the case, further details weren't disclosed.

This legal battle has come as a surprise to many, considering the duo's long-standing musical partnership and success.

Hall & Oates, who met in 1967 and officially formed their duo three years later, have enjoyed a celebrated career in the music industry. They have released 18 studio albums since their debut in 1972, with popular hits like “Maneater,” “Rich Girl,” and “Out of Touch.” Despite their joint success, Hall clarified in a 2022 podcast with Bill Maher that their partnership was more business-oriented than creative.

Hall mentioned that while they were brothers, they were not "creative brothers" and have always been very separate, which is important to him. He even highlighted that for their 1980 hit “Kiss on My List,” it was primarily his work, with Oates not being credited as a songwriter, though he was listed as a co-producer.

Despite their individual recording careers and separate tours over the years, Hall & Oates have never officially disbanded their duo. They performed together as recently as October 2022, and their latest studio album, “Home for Christmas,” was released in 2006.

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