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Late 20th century music was a really important thing. It changed the world, and I'm part of that, and now I'm part of the museum that celebrates that.

Late 20th century music was a really important thing. It changed the world, and I'm part of that, and now I'm part of the museum that celebrates that.

If you take a bunch of superstars and put them in a room where they don't have their assistants and entourage, it's funny to see what happens. ---->>>

In the early '70s, I started to feel like Philadelphia soul was the black-sheep brother of rock and roll. I decided to try to get away from it. ---->>>

I always say the same thing - believe in what you do, do it, and don't veer away from the truth of it. ---->>>

Like all soul singers, I grew up singing in church but sometimes I would leave early and sit in the car listening to gospel band, The Blind Boys of Alabama. Hearing their lead singer Clarence made me connect the idea of church and show business and see how I could make a career singing music that stirred the soul. ---->>>

I was always an introvert as a kid. Then, when I first kind of came out as a human being, I used to be one of those guys who'd go nuts on the dance floor, and people would gather around. ---->>>

I've always been a spontaneous singer. And all the stuff that you hear on the end of the songs, what they call the ad libs - that just comes out of my head. That's not thought out at all. I have the verses and the choruses, and then after that it's total improvisation. ---->>>

I hear a lot of people singing in funny voices and singing like they're stupid. Singing in a deliberately fey and dumb and childish way. And I find it to be a disturbing trend. ---->>>

I returned to upstate NY where I just laid in bed for days with a fever that just wouldn't go away. After more of this, I grew increasingly sure that this was not simply the flu! ---->>>

I'm in the trenches; I do the best work I can always do. Having said that, the way that what I do converges with the outside world is fascinating to me. Because it ebbs and flows. People's interest and understanding, it changes all the time. ---->>>

Everybody who I ever cared about has told me that they like my music: Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Al Green, The Spinners, Smokey Robinson. Everybody that matters. ---->>>

I have to say I have never been comfortable with somebody else telling me what to do - in any way. ---->>>

Chronic Lyme causes arthritis, heart problems, stroke - even death. ---->>>

I don't like showboating. I was never a fan of showing off. ---->>>

I've got a sense of humor. I'm a funny guy. ---->>>

As a singer, I float around. I'm kind of scatty, bouncing around a lot. I try to adapt to what's going on around me in the song and the arrangement. ---->>>

I do a project, and then I move on. ---->>>

I never felt entitled to anything. I'm the hardest worker I know. ---->>>

I think Philadelphia has been underrated over the years as a musical region. ---->>>

If Paul McCartney tells me that so-and-so song is his favorite song, what do I care? What do I care what anybody else says? ---->>>

Smokey Robinson is one of my heroes as a singer and songwriter; a major influence on my own music from the very start. ---->>>

The first thing I ever did was play talent shows at the Uptown Theater and the Adelphi Ballroom. ---->>>

Yes, I travel in unusual circles. George Osborne and his wife Frances are my cousins. ---->>>

To write a good song, an artist has to drawn from reality. There has to be some spark from realism that communicates a real feeling to someone else. You have to be real. Or you have to be a really good storyteller. ---->>>

If you are a superstar, or whatever you want to call yourself, a person who's had outrageous success, and you decide to go indie and tell the record companies to screw themselves? That takes a certain amount of courage. And bullheadedness, really. ---->>>

If you work hard and you're good, you can build something for yourself. ---->>>

Most artists try to avoid cliches, but it's pretty hard to avoid them if you yourself end up being one. ---->>>

Nobody's going to sell 10 million records by not working hard. ---->>>

Reject what you don't want. Get rid of dead wood. ---->>>

The whole American pop culture started in Philadelphia with 'American Bandstand' and the music that came out of that city. ---->>>

The younger generation gives me more respect than I could ever hope for. ---->>>

To me, there's two kinds of music these days. There's ephemeral music, and there's music that has lasting power and depth. ---->>>

I think an artist's true worth comes through an inter-generational thing - when you go beyond your own time, and start influencing people in a greater way than just what surrounds you. ---->>>

The late 20th century had just enough communication abilities to allow superstar-ness and communality to happen. It was a musical renaissance that rivals the visual one that happened in the 1400s. ---->>>

I grew up in a very racially integrated place called Pottstown. It was an agricultural / industrial town which has since become a suburb of Philadelphia. I grew up basically in a black neighborhood. ---->>>

I was a pioneer in MTV and I was there from the very beginning. So I saw how that developed and how loose it was and how much fun it was in its looseness. And I was influenced a lot by that. ---->>>

I was very inspired by my mother. She was a vocal teacher and sang in a band, and my first memories of her were going out with her on the local circuit.

I was very inspired by my mother. She was a vocal teacher and sang in a band, and my first memories of her were going out with her on the local circuit.

Some artists are nervous - most of them are, to tell you the truth, and they have different ways of exhibiting that. Some of them are boisterous, some are really quiet. ---->>>

I specialize in early homes, and what I care about the most is renovating a home and taking it back to its original construction idea. ---->>>

I'm very enthused about everything. I have a lot to say and a lot of things I'm interested in. ---->>>

I've always been a guy who likes to stretch my limits - to find out if I have any, really. ---->>>

All artists have insecurity.

All artists have insecurity.

Being at college, I think that's the time when you really start searching for things outside yourself. ---->>>

Every artistic form has its golden age, and unfortunately I think the golden age for whatever I do probably ended about 1990. ---->>>

I'm constantly on my toes and re-examining my own music. ---->>>

I'm not a big fan of any video, especially my own. In a word, I hated the Hall & Oates videos. ---->>>

I'm used to the egos in the 1960s, '70s and '80s where people just expected massive success and thought it was their birth right to be successful. ---->>>

I've been traveling around the world forever. ---->>>

The Internet allows me to be more free. ---->>>

The Philadelphia/New York world of the music business is a tough place to be. ---->>>

The song 'Laughing Down Crying' is not a typical Daryl song. ---->>>

Traditionally, duos get accused of lots of things.

Traditionally, duos get accused of lots of things.

Americans think that if you're popular, there must be something wrong with you. ---->>>

Any song I don't feel good about, I shelve. Anything you ever hear me sing, it's because I want to. ---->>>

Art is a continuum.

Art is a continuum.

As I got older, my voice got better. ---->>>

Having a solo career is a funny thing.

Having a solo career is a funny thing.

I don't really strain my voice. ---->>>

I had the idea of 'Live From Daryl's House' way before I contracted Lyme disease. ---->>>

I have gone from one relationship to a marriage and stepchildren. ---->>>

I knew that I would be making music for my whole life; as far as how many people respond to it, you can't plan for that. ---->>>

I love antique architecture, so if I have any indulgences, I have owned and renovated and reconstructed a lot of old houses. ---->>>

I'm quite an eclectic musician. ---->>>

If you can sing, you never lose your voice. If you don't know how to sing, your voice goes away because you sing from your throat. ---->>>

If you're African American, you are forced into making different choices, in a lot of cases, than you are as a white person. ---->>>

In my Philly neighborhood, black and white kids hung together without even thinking about it. The spirit of Martin Luther King was alive and well. ---->>>

My fan base is really expanding into an inter-generational thing - it's what every artist probably hopes for. ---->>>

Nixon was the beginning of people not trusting politics.

Nixon was the beginning of people not trusting politics.

Nobody really cares about what other people think anymore; they're all about themselves. ---->>>

Obscurity is just obscurity. There's no romance in obscurity. ---->>>

Success and failure are equally surprising.

Success and failure are equally surprising.

The 'Daryl's House' thing has made me into a live musician even more than I ever was, and even in the way I record. ---->>>

The biggest honor of my career was when I won R&B Artist of the Year back in the 1970s. I look at that as a major honor. ---->>>

What I do isn't black music; it's just my music. ---->>>

When I was a kid, I always looked up to people like B.B. King and Ray Charles. ---->>>

I have an English family and I've lived in England for years. ---->>>

I'd like to see more crossover between white and black music. That's something I've been advocating for years. ---->>>

I'm a born collaborator. This is what I was born to do, really. ---->>>

I'm always interested in what fans think. ---->>>

Who knows what the right time to get married is? ---->>>

You don't have to be a good musician if you've got certain computer skills. ---->>>

You don't have to be a good singer any more if you can rap well. ---->>>

You externalise extreme emotions, and you look at them objectively and understand them from a different standpoint. ---->>>

I've been watching RFD-TV for a few years. As a person who lives mostly in the country, I appreciate a network that shows the many facets of rural life. ---->>>

When you're playing in front of people, everything is external. It's all going from you out to an audience. When you're in a studio, it's very internalised, it's going from the air through you into this meticulously crafted, layered piece of work. ---->>>

For years and years, I was beset with snide remarks by certain members of the press, where they would turn John Oates into a joke, or they would trivialize what I do, which never really bothered me all that much. ---->>>

I definitely dislike pomposity and artifice. I hope that I'm not that. Once I write a song, it belongs to the world, and the way people perceive it, it's cool. ---->>>

I think there are people who really always have and always will care about the quality of music in general, about the sound of the music, things like that. ---->>>

I wanted to show the world, and myself too, what I can do. I came up in the world of Philadelphia soul, but I'm fluent in a lot of languages musically and I like working with different people from different generations. ---->>>

I was just like a 21st century person waiting to be born, and this is the medium that I thrive in. And I feel stronger now than I did any time since I've been a teenager - I mean, musically, creatively. ---->>>

I'm just about the best singer I know, and it's time for everybody to say that. I have total facility with my voice. And for some weird reason, critics don't talk about it. ---->>>

I've watched the world crash and burn in every sense. I've watched the record industry crash and burn; politically I've watched it crash and burn, financially crash and burn. ---->>>

If you see me walking down the street, you're gonna see the same guy as you do on stage, dressed the same, looking the same, and nothing changes. I'm just one person. ---->>>

My house is actually two houses that were deconstructed. They were Connecticut Valley houses built in 1771 and 1781. I took them down piece by piece and reconstructed them about 50 miles to the west on the New York/Connecticut border. ---->>>

The difference between me and other people in my generation is instead of saying the Internet's killing the record business, I say, 'Who cares about the record business, the Internet is enhancing music.' ---->>>

This illness made it impossible for me to give my best effort to our audience, but now that it's been identified, I'm looking forward to a complete, quick recovery and to get back out there with John as soon as possible. ---->>>


Nationality: American
Born: 10-11, 1946
Occupation: Musician

Daryl Franklin Hohl (born October 11, 1946), known professionally as Daryl Hall, is an American rock, R&B, and soul singer; keyboardist, guitarist, songwriter, and producer, best known as the co-founder and lead vocalist of Hall & Oates (with guitarist and songwriter John Oates). In the 1970s and early 1980s, Hall scored several Billboard chart hits and is regarded as one of the best soul singers of his generation (wikipedia)