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Daryl Hall Files Restraining Order Against John Oates Amid Mysterious Legal Battle

Daryl Hall Files Restraining Order Against John Oates Amid Mysterious Legal Battle

Daryl Hall and John Oates are going through some things right now with Hall filing a restraining order against Oates. The longtime musical duo is involved in a confidential legal battle at this time.

There is very little in the public domain about what really is going on here. Court documents are sealed. Yet court records indicate that Hall filed an undisclosed complaint against Oates on Nov. 16. He also filed a motion for a temporary restraining order on Nov. 30. This is according to a report from Philadelphia magazine. The restraining order is now in effect.

Meanwhile, the Nashville Chancery Court confirmed the existence of the lawsuit to Variety but declined further comment because the lawsuit is sealed.

Hall recently had some public comments about his music partner. He was a guest on Bill Maher’s podcast last year. “You think John Oates is my partner? … He’s my business partner. He’s not my creative partner,” Hall said.

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He went on, “John and I are brothers, but we are not creative brothers. We are business partners. We made records called Hall & Oates together, but we’ve always been very separate, and that’s a really important thing for me.”

Then, Hall took another swipe at Oates. He diminished the work that Oates did back in the day. He would use the duo’s 1980 No. 1 hit Kiss on My List as an example of their apparent creative separation. “I did all those [harmonies],” Hall said. “That’s all me.” Oates is not credited as a songwriter on Kiss on My List, but is listed as a co-producer with Hall.

Hall & Oates met in 1967, formed their duo three years later, and have released 18 studio albums since their 1972 debut, “Whole Oats.”

The pop-R&B duo boasts six No. 1 singles, including Maneater, Rich Girl, and Out of Touch. Hall & Oates toured together as recently as October 2022. They released their latest studio album, Home for Christmas, in 2006. Both Hall and Oates have solo recording careers and have toured separately over the years, but the duo has never officially split up.