26: She’s Gone – Daryl Hall and John Oates

NeilTop 30 - Never Made It Songs

Year Released: 1976
Highest Chart Position: 44
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Daryl Hall and John Oates (apparently they don’t like being referred to as “Hall and Oates”) were one of the most successful duos in the modern era being commercially compared with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel, The Everly Brothers and the Carpenters.

The first we heard of them was in 1976 – in my mind, one the most significant years in the rock/pop era –
with this song. It reached number 44 on the national charts in 1976 but was followed up by a number of top 40 and, indeed, top 10 hits here in Australia.

The song was first released in the US in 1974 and was covered by Tavares and Lou Rawls. Based on some success for those versions, Atlantic Records re-released the daryl Hall and John Oates version in 1976 – that’s when we got to hear about it.

Little did we know when this song arrived in 1976 just what an impact these two guys from Philadelphia would have on the music industry!