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John Oates: Daryl Hall and I Must Go Our Separate Ways (to Stay Together)

Sounds like John Oates is enjoying his time away from Daryl Hall – at least for the time being.

CAPTION: “The kind of stuff that we do separately is pretty necessary for us to keep things going,” John (above) tells us of his and Daryl’s solo projects.

“The stuff we do separately is necessary for us to keep things going,” John (above) says of his and Daryl’s solo projects.

Interviewed on Rundgren Radio, half the duo responsible for such classic tunes as Rich Girl, Sara Smile and Private Eyes explains how his hit-making partnership with Daryl has remained a musical force for the past 35 years.

When a caller asks, “Is there any way you [and Daryl] are going to get together and write some songs as Hall & Oats?” John replies:

“I think we are. I don’t see why not.

“It’s just that – you have to re- member, we’ve been doing this for so long. And unless you re- charge the batteries in one way or another, it’s really hard to sustain,” continues John, whose latest solo album is titled 1000 Miles of Life.

“I would say a lot of artists would love to have the type of career we’ve had and the length of career we’ve had. And, really, the only way to continue to do that is to take a break.

“Because if you don’t, it’s only going to implode. And I think that’s really why we’re still together after all these years. Because we manage to do that.”

During the duo's heyday.

During the duo's heyday.

In all, Hall & Oates have recorded 21 albums and sold more than 80 million records – 10 of which have shot to No. 1 – making them arguably the most success- ful duo in pop history.

To hear John’s full interview – during which he also explains why he’s got emus and llamas in his backyard – click here.