Hall & Oates entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Thursday night, flying their Philly flag high:
Daryl Hall, of Hall & Oates, noted unhappily that they were the first Philadelphia act in the Hall of Fame, citing Todd Rundgren, the Stylistics and Chubby Checker as omissions. In a video-clip interview, Mr. Oates described himself as “the most underrated and highly paid backup singer in the history of music.”
No, Oates! There is no Hall & Oates without Oates!
Anyway, the duo’s Philly allegiance extended to the man who gave their introduction: Questlove.
“The Silver album cover taught me something: that those two guys make beautiful women,” he joked. “They single-handedly reinvented the Carlton Dance for black people in the ‘hood. Hall and Oates will cure any known illness.”
He also paid homage to H&O’s longevity and popularity, both of which he attributed to one thing they learned back in Philadelphia: the power of music to transcend genres, eras and, most importantly, race.
"I'm gonna list all the duos in the rock era that were more popular than Hall and Oates ... okay, I'm done," he said, throwing in a brief pause for comedic effect. "They crossed all the boundaries, because that is what great music does."