Song: “Rich Girl” by Daryl Hall & John Oates
Reached #1: March 26, 1977 (their first, 2 weeks)
Considering how they met, this has been one very successful musical partnership.
After all, they met in an elevator while hiding from a gunfight.
It was in 1967, they were at a battle of the bands with their respective groups, and when the gang shootout started, they wound up in the same Temple University service elevator. That led to a friendship, then they became roommates, then started doing music together… and more than 40 years later, they’re still at it.
And what’s amazing, I think, is that they’ve done so with no tabloid headlines, no breakup… not even an overly-publicized squabble. They just do their thing, and keep doing it well.
Of course, they also have their side projects – Oates has the John Oates Band, and Hall has the pioneering web series Live from Daryl’s House. Actually, Live has crossed over to television, but as with anything interesting, no Richmond TV station has picked it up…
Tomorrow, we segue from a Rich Girl to a Rude Boy – although actually, it’s not that much of a segue. “Rich Girl” is actually about a rude boy (a guy who dated Hall’s longtime partner, Sara Allen [yes, as in “Sara Smile”] before Hall), but Hall felt he couldn’t sing a song about a “rich guy”…
Other songs that reached #1 on March 26:
1955 – “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” by Bill Hayes (his first, 7 weeks, Best Seller chart)
1988 – “Man In The Mirror” by Michael Jackson (his ninth, 2 weeks)