AceNewsDesk – Daryl Hall of iconic pop duo Hall & Oates has filed a temporary restraining order against John Oates.
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What do the Hall vs Oates court documents say?
However, the details of the dispute are sealed by the court.
Let’s unpack what we know.
On November 16, Hall filed legal proceedings again Oates in Nashville, in the US state of Tennessee.
Specifics of the case are under seal, but court records publicly available on the Nashville Chancery website give us some details.
The case is listed as a “Contract/Debt” case.
It lists Oates as a defendant, as well as his wife Aimee Oates and Richard Flynn, all co-trustees of the John W Oates TISA Trust.
It shows Hall filed a motion for a temporary restraining order on November 16, which was granted the next day.
The restraining bond was set at $US50,000 ($76,000).
Then, on November 20, summons orders were issued to Oates, his wife and Mr Flynn as well as an order “clarifying the scope of temporary seal order”.
What are Hall & Oates biggest hits?
Hall & Oates got together in the 1970s, best known for their series of hit songs in the 80s.
However, among younger fans, they are perhaps best known for their 1980 song You Make My Dreams, which has become a cult favourite in recent years.
The wedding dance floor favourite has featured on movies like The Wedding Singer, Step Brothers and (500) Days of Summer.
In 2020, the duo celebrated 1 billion streams of the song.
As of Thursday morning, the official YouTube clip for the song has been viewed nearly 60 million times.
On the their 1980 album Voices, the song is just listed as You Make My Dreams.
But the words “come true” are added in brackets on Spotify and the band’s website when it mentions the streaming milestone.
Why is Hall suing Oates?
We don’t know.
Neither party has made a statement about the dispute.
We’ve contacted Hall’s management, Oates’s management and Hall and Oates’s management.
We’re yet to hear back.
How do we know about it then?
We weren’t just spending the morning going through civil cases in Nashville on a whim.
That was then picked up by PhillyMag, which is based in Hall’s home town.
The magazine pointed to an interview Hall gave with Bill Maher where he makes a point of telling the podcaster the difference between being creative and business partners:
“John is my brother, right, but we are not creative brothers, we are business partners.
“We made records called Hall & Oates together but … we’ve always been very separate … It’s a really important thing for me.”
He then goes on to Hall and Oates were “separate on the records”:
Maher: What does that mean? I’m not hearing the harmony? I’m not hearing what I love about …
Hall: You know that song Kiss on my List?
Maher: Of course.
Hall: I did all those. That’s all me.
Hall: That’s all me, all those harmonies, that’s all me. That’s just a Daryl demo.
Maher: But that’s not the rule, is it? With the band?
Hall: I won’t go any further on that.
That interview was last year.
In May this year, Oates released a reggae version of Maneater, which he recorded without Hall.
In September this year, Oates gave an interview with People magazine, when he was asked what Hall thought of the version:
“Nope, I haven’t heard from him. I’m not even sure if he has or hasn’t heard it.”
Oates told People he got the idea for the chorus of the song while he was in Jamaica and wanted to write it as a reggae song.
He said he fooled around with it and played to Hall who thought it was “a great hook”.
“He just felt it wasn’t really going to fit into what Hall & Oates were doing at the time. And he was right.”
Have Hall & Oates broken up?
We don’t know.
We’ve sent a request to their management, but have yet to hear back.
When you look on their website, owned by Whole Oates Enterprises, the “about” page says the pair have embarked on their own ventures but speaks to the “enduring appeal of Daryl Hall & John Oates”.
And the website launched with videos of the pair last touring together.
Here’s a snap of them performing together last year:
On November 15, the Hall & Oates Facebook page’s cover photo was updated to advertise a limited edition vinyl of their last studio album Home for Christmas — which came out in 2006.
What’s the latest with Hall & Oates?
We’ve obviously been scouring all websites and social media accounts for Hall, Oates and Hall & Oates.
Nothing suggests there’s anything awry.
Oates’s last post on Instagram was a few days after the restraining order was filed — it was a birthday message for his wife, Aimee:
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Hall’s most recent Instagram post was from earlier on Thursday, but it appears to be a scheduled post promoting his podcast.
He is, however, due to play a concert in Japan on Thursday night and has another gig scheduled for The Philippines on Monday.