Daryl Hall gets a restraining order against John Oates amid a legal battle


Daryl Hall has filed a restraining order against his former musical collaborator, John Oates. The pair formed the pop rock duo Hall & Oates and released 18 studio albums together between 1972 and 2006.

Hall filed the request for a temporary restraining order in Nashville Chancery Court on Nov. 16. Oates and the co-defendants — his wife, Aimee J. Oates, and business manager Richard Flynn, who are both co-trustees of his trust — were served Nov. 20.

It’s unclear what prompted the restraining order, but it’s labeled a contract/debt case on the Nashville Chancery Court website. CBS News has reached out to Hall’s attorney as well as Flynn for additional information and is awaiting a response.

While they released multiple hits like “Rich Girl” and “You Make My Dreams Come True” and were nominated for five Grammys together, the duo seems to have grown apart. During an interview on “Club Random with Bill Maher” last year, Hall said they’ve “always been very separate.”

“John and I are brothers, but we’re not creative brothers,” Hall said. “We’re business partners. We made records called Hall & Oates together, but we’ve always been very separate, and that’s a really important thing to me.” Hall also said he did most of the work, referring to the duo’s 1980 song “Kiss on My List,” for which Oates is not credited as a songwriter, but Hall is.

Hall, 77, and Oates, 75, met while freshmen at Temple University. During a 2013 interview with Dan Rather, Hall said they met at a concert. A fight ensued and they entered the elevator together and struck up a conversation that led to a friendship and musical collaboration.

In 2017, ahead of a tour together, the duo sat down with “CBS Sunday Morning” for an interview.

“Did I think I’d be working with John and we’d be sitting side by side all these years later?” Hall said. “No, that didn’t even occur to me.”

“Our job is everyone’s dream job,” Oates said. “Play instruments, sing, write music, make records. Why do you want to quit?”

“If you look at every album we’ve ever done, it says ‘Daryl Hall and John Oates,'” Oates said. “Now that may seem like a subtle distinction. But we’ve always seen ourselves as two distinctly different individuals working together. And to this day, that’s how we see ourselves.”


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