John Oates Opens Up About the Demise of Hall & Oates Plus Teases New Solo Music

Inductees John Oates (L) and Daryl Hall of Hall and Oates attend the 29th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on April 10, 2014 in New York City
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John Oates recently stopped by Good Morning America to talk about the lawsuit his former singing partner of 50 years, Daryl Hall, made against him. Last year, Hall filed a lawsuit against Oates, alleging that Oates tried to sell his half of their joint company. Oates revealed that he did try to sell his half of the company because he was “miserable.”

He explained that Hall had always wanted to be “his own man” and do music on his own so he was just giving him an opportunity to do so. He figured that it was pretty common as many artists sell their catalogs and admitted that owning half of their company was “ruining his life.” He added that Hall didn’t like the idea of Oates selling his half to a third-party company and believed it was a betrayal.

Daryl Hall (L) and John Oates perform at the Great Googa Mooga 2012 at Prospect Park on May 20, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

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The duo definitely doesn’t seem to see eye to eye on this issue and the legal troubles are ongoing at this time. Oates revealed that while fans believe the two were the ultimate duo, they really weren’t as close as they led people to believe. In fact, he said they rarely talked in the last 20 years, only doing shows together but then going their separate ways. When asked what he would like to say to Hall if he were watching, Oates responded that he loves him like a brother but said that sometimes brothers have disagreements and families fall apart. He added that he wishes him continued solo success.

Singer & songwriter John Oates performs at the Franklin Theatre on February 16, 2024 in Franklin, Tennessee

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Then Oates talked about his upcoming sixth solo album. He shared that the title track was inspired by his 100-year-old father who started talking about reuniting with his wife who died a few years prior. When asked what he would like his legacy to be, Oates put aside the music for a minute and said that he would like to be known as a good father, a good husband and a good friend.

Oates’s new album titled Reunion is out now.

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