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FEATURED U.S COURT REPORT: Hall & Oates are locked in a secret legal battle. Here’s what we know about the restraining order and the lawsuit

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Daryl Hall (left) has taken out a restraining order against John Oates.(YouTube: Daryl Hall and John Oates)none

AceNewsDesk – Daryl Hall of iconic pop duo Hall & Oates has filed a temporary restraining order against John Oates.


Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Nov.28: 2023: ABC Court News: TELEGRAM Ace Daily News Link

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Daryl Hall (left) has taken out a restraining order against John Oates.(YouTube: Daryl Hall and John Oates)none

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”.

Daryl Hall smiles with his arms cross while a smiling John Oates leans against him
It says no hearing date has been requested. Hall & Oates in 2004.(AP Photo: Robert E. Klein)

What are Hall & Oates biggest hits?

Hall & Oates got together in the 1970s, best known for their series of hit songs in the 80s.

A black and white photo of Daryl Hall and John Oates holding frames with their records in them.
They made it big with songs including Out of Touch, Maneater, Rich Girl and Kiss On My List.Hall & Oates in 1983.(AP Photo: Dave Pickoff)

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. 

Screenshots of tweets posted by Nate Rau about the Hall and Oates legal filing. 
It was first reported by Axois Nashville reporter Nate Rau, who tweeted about it on November 18. Rau is a reporter based in Nashville. (Twitter/X: @tnnaterau)

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. 

Maher: OK.

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:

Daryl Hall performs on state with John Oats, both playing instruments.
Hall & Oates performing in the US state of Indiana in September last year. (AP Photo: Invision/Amy Harris)

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.

A promotional graphic of the Home for Christmas limited edition vinyl. Accessed on November 23, 2023. 
That was one day before Hall filed the restraining order. The pair re-issued the 2006 album on vinyl. (Twitter/X: @halloates)

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. 

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Ace Breaking News

BREAKING U.K MUSIC REPORT: Bowie’s handwritten lyrics could sell at auction for £100,000

The lyrics to Suffragette City are among the memorabilia to be sold

AceNewsDesk – David Bowie’s handwritten lyric sheet for two of his songs could fetch up to £100,000 when it is sold at auction.


Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Nov.25: 2023: BBC England News: TELEGRAM Ace Daily News Link

The lyrics to Suffragette City are among the memorabilia to be sold

They contain the late singer’s corrections, drafts and notes when creating his tracks Rock n Roll Suicide and Suffragette City.

Both feature on his 1972 classic The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.

The auction house previously sold a page of Bowie’s handwritten lyrics for his hit Starman for £165,000.

David Bowie: A life in lyrics


Bowie died of liver cancer aged 69 in January 2016.

A letter accompanying the page states it was given to the original owner by Bowie at Trident Studio alongside some other pages of original lyrics, including some which did not survive.

The page was loaned to the V&A museum and remained with the exhibition for five years as it toured the world between 2013 and 2018.

A page containing handwritten lyrics by The Doors frontman Jim Morrison is also up for sale, along with guitars, amps and musical scores from various musicians.

The sale also includes a lyric book previously owned by Oasis’ Noel Gallagher which features lyrics to She’s Electric, Going Nowhere, Step Out Tonight, Rockin’ Chair and Champagne Supernova.

The Bowie lyric sheet, which has an estimated price tag of £50,000 to £100,000, will be among Omega Auctions sale on Tuesday.

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Ace Breaking News

BREAKING MUSIC REPORT: The Beatles’ last song ‘ Now And Then ‘ is finally released


AceBreakingNews – After a week of build-up, The Beatles have released what’s been billed as their “final song”.


Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Nov.03: 2023: The Beatles announce release of their ‘last song’ By Mark Savage: BBC Music Correspondent: TELEGRAM Ace Daily News Link

The Beatles pose for a portrait in circa 1964

Called Now And Then, it’s been 45 years in the making – with the first bars written by John Lennon in 1978 and the song finally completed last year.

All four Beatles feature on the track, which will be the last credited to Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr.

And in a full-circle moment, it’s being issued as a double A-side single with their 1962 debut Love Me Do.

The release marks what could be the closing chapter for arguably the greatest band in rock history.

When and where can I hear Now And Then?

In the UK, Now And Then had its first play on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music shortly after 14:00 GMT.

Simultaneously, the song arrived on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon Prime Music. 

CD, vinyl and cassette copies will be available the following day. And from 10 November, the song will be included on the newly remastered and expanded versions of The Beatles’ Red and Blue greatest hits albums.

What does it sound like?

The original demo has circulated as a bootleg for years. An apologetic love song, it’s fairly typical of John Lennon’s solo output of the 1970s – in a similar vein to Jealous Guy.

It was finished in the studio last year by Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr. George Harrison will appear via rhythm guitar parts he recorded in 1995, and producer Giles Martin has added a new string arrangement.

“Hearing John and Paul sing the first chorus together, as they lock into the line ‘Now and then I miss you’ – it’s intensely powerful, to say the least,” said Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone magazine.

“I cried like a baby when I heard it,” added BBC 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne. “Just gorgeous.”

When was Now And Then written?

The story begins in 1978, when Lennon recorded a demo with vocals and piano at his home in New York.

After his death, his widow Yoko Ono gave the recording to the remaining Beatles on a cassette that also featured demos for Free as a Bird and Real Love. 

Those two songs were completed and released as singles in 1995 and 96, marking The Beatles’ first “new” material for 25 years.

The band also attempted to record Now And Then, but the session was quickly abandoned. “It was one day – one afternoon, really – messing with it,” producer Jeff Lynne recalled.

“The song had a chorus but is almost totally lacking in verses. We did the backing track, a rough go that we really didn’t finish.”

In the end, the quality of the recording was considered too poor to salvage. Harrison reportedly called it “rubbish”, but McCartney never let go of the idea.

Was artificial intelligence used to finish the song?

During the making of The Beatles’ Get Back documentary, director Peter Jackson’s film company developed a piece of software that allowed them to “de-mix” muddled recordings of overlapping sounds.

The technology was used last year to create a new mix of the band’s album Revolver.

“It has to learn what the sound of John Lennon’s guitar is, for instance, and the more information you can give it, the better it becomes,” Giles Martin told the BBC.

For Now And Then, the software was able to “lift” Lennon’s voice from the original cassette recording, removing the background hiss and the hum of the mains electricity that had hampered previous attempts to complete the song.

In McCartney’s words Lennon’s voice is “crystal clear” on Now And Then. 

15-minute documentary broadcast on Wednesday’s The One Show, offered a startling illustration of what that means: The thin, ghostly voice of the 1970s suddenly sounds like it was recorded in Abbey Road itself.

“It was the closest we’ll ever come to having him back in the room,” said Starr. “Far out.”

“All those memories came flooding back,” added McCartney. “My God, how lucky was I to have those men in my life? 

“To still be working on Beatles music in 2023? Wow.”

What are the critics saying?

Critics have been broadly positive about Now And Then, with the Guardian giving it four stars out of five, and calling it “an affecting tribute to the band’s bond”.

Clash describes the track as beatific, sentimental, and “gloriously contagious”, while Rolling Stone says it is “the brilliant final statement the Fab Four – and their fans – deserve”.

Most critics seem to agree that the track cannot match a traditionally-recorded Beatles song. The Telegraph, which gave the song three stars, noted that Now And Then “doesn’t hit the heights we expect from a great Beatles ballad”. 

Variety calls the question of whether the song lives up “to the Beatles or their collective solo works’ towering legacy” an unfair one. “Of course it doesn’t, but it’s still an unexpected pleasure,” Jem Aswad writes. 

What does Sir Paul McCartney think?

Sir Paul said the experience of recording Now And Then was “magical”. 

“When we were in the studio, we had John’s voice in our ears so you could imagine he was just in the next room in a vocal booth or something and we were just working with him again so it was joyful,” he told Radio1’s Clara Amfo. 

“We hadn’t experienced that for a long time obviously and then suddenly here we were working with ol’ Johnny.”

Sir Paul described the song as poignant, and said he wanted fans to take a “loving feeling” away from it. 

“That’s often what we were trying to do with our records, we were trying to spread love,” he said. 

“It’s John talking about ‘I miss you’ and stuff like that so, I think emotion, that would be the key word for people to take away from it, ’emotion’.” 

Will there be a music video?

Yes, Jackson has created a new video, which is unveiled at 14:00 GMT on Friday.

It will contain previously-unseen footage, including “a few precious seconds” of the earliest known film of The Beatles, provided by original drummer Pete Best and his brother Roag.

Roag said he bought the silent footage from a man who used a cine camera to film the band performing St Paul’s Presbyterian Church Hall in Birkenhead in February 1962, eight months before their debut single came out.

Jackson’s team have improved the quality and “it looks absolutely fantastic”, Roag told BBC News.

It is also the only known footage of the band performing in the leather suits they sported before they became famous. 

“The lads are rocking backwards and forwards with guitars, mouths to the microphones, singing,” Roag said.

Roag Best

The band played in front of a tinsel backdrop at a Valentine’s dance in February 1962

It is also the only video from before Pete Best was sacked and replaced by Ringo Starr in August 1962 – but he is obscured in the footage, his brother said.

“From a family perspective, I went, ‘Ah, come on!’ One of the guys is actually standing in front of Pete so all you can see is Pete’s drum kit and Pete’s hands occasionally with the sticks.”

Jackson has used about six seconds of the footage in the Now And Then video. The original lasts for almost a minute and will go on show at the Liverpool Beatles Museum, which Roag Best owns.

In a statement, Jackson said he had found other “unseen outtakes in the vault, where The Beatles are relaxed, funny and rather candid”.

He added: “We wove the humour into some footage shot in 2023. The result is pretty nutty and provided the video with much needed balance between the sad and the funny.”

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Australian News

FEATURED AUSTRALIA AI MUSIC REPORT: Beatles Final Ever Song will be out at 1am Friday 3 November, Aussie Time

Black and white image of john lennon, paul mccartner, ringo starr and george harrison standing together in the 1960s.
Paul McCartney said it was “very emotional” to hear John Lennon’s voice on new song, thanks to AI. 

AceBreakingNews – The Beatles announce their final ever song, ‘Now and Then’, made with a little help from AI

Ace Press News From Cutting Room Floor: Published: Oct.27: 2023: ABC Music News: TELEGRAM Ace Daily News Link

Black and white image of john lennon, paul mccartner, ringo starr and george harrison standing together in the 1960s.
Paul McCartney said it was “very emotional” to hear John Lennon’s voice on new song, thanks to AI. 

The Beatles will release their “final ever” song at 1am next Friday, Australian time, almost 43 years after the passing of singer and the song’s writer John Lennon.

The song, called Now and Then, was originally a demo that Lennon recorded in the late 1970s.

Now, with the help of AI, it is a fully-fledged recording featuring contributions from Lennon’s songwriting partner Paul McCartney, drummer Ringo Starr, and guitarist George Harrison, who died in 2001.

While today is the first official confirmation of Now and Then’s release, McCartney revealed earlier this year that there would be one final Beatles song.

Many fans assumed that song would be Now and Then, a recording that featured on demo cassettes labelled ‘For Paul’ that Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono passed on to McCartney in 1994.

The year after those tapes emerged, The Beatles released Free As A Bird, their first new material in 25 years at the time. It was through technology of the time that the three remaining members of The Beatles turned Lennon’s demo into a full song. Another new song, Real Love followed a few months later.

Now And Then was on those tapes, however its sound quality was deemed too poor for release. Audio technology has come a long way in the past 28 years and, largely thanks to AI, we will have a fully fleshed out recording of Now and Then next week.

Peter Jackson and his team, who made the 2021 Beatles docuseries Get Back with help from machine audio-learning technology, used the technology to isolate Lennon’s voice and piano parts, making it possible to clean up the vocal to bring it up to scratch.

“There it was, John’s voice, crystal clear,” McCartney said in a statement released today. 

“It’s quite emotional. And we all play on it, it’s a genuine Beatles recording.

“In 2023 to still be working on Beatles music, and about to release a new song the public haven’t heard, I think it’s an exciting thing.

“It was the closest we’ll ever come to having him back in the room so it was very emotional for all of us,” Starr said. 

“It was like John was there, you know. It’s far out.”

The recording will also feature guitar and bass parts that George Harrison had recorded for the song when it originally surfaced in the mid-90s. 

“Back in 1995, after several days in the studio working on the track, George felt the technical issues with the demo were insurmountable and concluded that it was not possible to finish the track to a high enough standard,” George’s widow Olivia Harrison said.

“If he were here today, Dhani [their son] and I know he would have wholeheartedly joined Paul and Ringo in completing the recording of ‘Now And Then’.”

“It was incredibly touching to hear them working together after all the years that Dad had been gone,” Lennon’s son Sean Ono Lennon said. 

“It’s the last song my dad, Paul, George and Ringo got to make together. It’s like a time capsule and all feels very meant to be.”

Before its release, The Beatles will release a 12 minute documentary on the making on ‘Now and Then’ on their YouTube page. Watch its trailer below. 

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American History

OTD 1883: Metropolitan Opera House Opened in NYC with Performance of Charles Gounod’s Faust


AceHistoryDesk – Today in History – The Metropolitan Opera House (the Met) in New York City, then located on Broadway at 39th Street in New York City, opened on October 22, 1883, with a performance of Charles Gounod’s Faust, the tale of a German sorcerer who sold his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge, power, youth, and love. The opera, although composed in French and based on Goethe’s German poem, was sung on this occasion in Italian, the favored language of the Met’s early management.


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Did you knowa…I make every month de arrangements for de Italian opera? It is ten times so much refreshing as de movies…It is marvelous. It causa to swell de heart…you never heard de music so sweeta. Yes, de words are de words of Italy. But de fine music, it isa de same in all language. It conquer de spirit. It maka to soar de soul…De price is fifty cents.

[Interview with Vito Cacciola]. Merton R. Lovett, interviewer; Connecticut, March 24, 1939. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writer’s Project, 1936 to 1940. Manuscript Divisionnone

Metropolitan Opera House, Ne[w York City]. c1905. Detroit Publishing Company. Prints & Photographs Division
Geraldine Farrar in La Tosca. Photograph of a painting by George Burroughs Torrey. c[between 1900 and 1920]. Detroit Publishing Company. Prints & Photographs Division

The Metropolitan Opera has attracted talented artists from around the world. In its early days, the Met was graced with such legendary conductors as Arturo Toscanini and Gustav Mahler, and the great singers Enrico Caruso, Geraldine Farrar, and Christine Nilsson.

Since 1966, the Metropolitan Opera has made its home at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City; opera vocalists such as Placido Domingo, Beverly Sills, Marian Anderson, and Leontyne Price have performed there.

Historically, opera houses have served a variety of functions in towns and cities across the country hosting community dances, fairs, plays, and vaudeville shows as well as operas and other musical events such as Jenny Lind’s tour. “That old Opera House used to be going every night in the week, pretty near, during the winter season,” Charles Smith recalled in his recollections of life in Thomaston, Connecticut. Smith shared especially fond memories of the community dances he had attended at the Thomaston Opera House:

Opera House and American National Bank, Pensacola, Florida. [between 1900 and 1906]. Detroit Publishing Company. Prints & Photographs Division

Explore the rich collection of photographs of opera houses from the turn-of-the-century. Search the collection Detroit Publishing Company on the keywords opera house.

You’d get down to the Opera House just before eight, it wasn’t stylish to be late those days; and when you got there, you’d escort your girl as far as the ladies’ room, and leave her there, and then you’d join the other lads in the gent’s room, and put on your dancing pumps. Then you’d go back and wait…you’d always have to wait…while she finished her primping, and when she came out you’d escort her to a seat, and wait for the grand march to be called…Usually, the dance would break up at midnight, because all the lights in town went out then. Sometimes, for the big affairs, they’d notify the Power House to keep the current on until one.

[Folklore of Clockmaking]. Francis Donovan, interviewer; Charles Smith, interviewee; Connecticut, December 7, 1938. American Life Histories: Manuscripts from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936 to 1940. Manuscript Divisionnone

Dances such as those described by Smith followed an established pattern of etiquette described in detail in many how-to books published in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They began, as he recalls, with a Grand March such as that described in the section on “The March” in the 1890 manual, Wehman Bros Book on The Way to Dance: A Book Which Teaches the Art of Dancing Without a Master. The Grand March was followed by sets of quadrilles, contra-dances, round dances, waltzes, polkas, and other dances.

During the Depression, the Works Progress Administration provided jobs for unemployed composers, musicians, and singers through the Federal Music Project which provided classical opera and operetta performances, as well as orchestra and band concerts and free music lessons to the public in cities and towns across America. The Works Progress Administration employed artists through the Federal Art Project to create colorful theatrical posters advertising the Federal Music Project performances.

WPA in Ohio Federal Music Project presents Verdi’s grand opera “Il Trovature… Ohio: Federal Art Project, 1936 or 1937. Posters: WPA Posters. Prints & Photographs Division
Carmen“: Presented by Cuyahoga County Opera Association and the Federal Music Project…. John LaQuatra, artist; Ohio: Federal Art Project, 1939.Posters: WPA Posters. Prints & Photographs Division
Calvalry Guild Presbyterian Church presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore. Earl Schuler, artist; Ohio: WPA Federal Art Project in Ohio, 1939. Posters: WPA Posters. Prints & Photographs Division

Learn more about the Metropolitan Opera House and Opera Company through newspaper accounts found in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Start with Metropolitan Opera House: Topics in Chronicling America to identify important dates and suggested search strategies.

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