Niagara Gazette — After a long and cold winter in Western New York, music fans will soon be able to enjoy the soulful sounds of a group whose respect in the music community has finally matched their commercial success. Daryl Hall and John Oates, one of the most popular duos in music history, will grace the Artpark stage and kick off the 2014 Tuesday in the Park music series.
Hall and Oates have 34 songs that charted in the top 100, 13 albums that went either Gold or Platinum, they are in the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and this year inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
“The tide has turned towards the validation of their music. Like Questlove said at the (Rock Hall) induction, pop stars are fleeting, but it’s real artists that stand the test of time,” Hall & Oates keyboardist Eliot Lewis noted during a recent phone interview.
“If you look at their classic songs they do endure, and outlast so many pop songs that are like the flavor of the month. It’s amazing to see that they still have winds under their sails.”
Lewis has had a front seat to the latest resurgence in Hall & Oates career. In addition to performing with the duo, Lewis has been with Hall on every episode of “Live From Daryl’s House” which premiered as a web only show in 2007. Daryl’s first guest was John Oates.
“It started as a small project and I have been lucky to be a part of it. What happens is that artists come on the show and they want to sing songs like “Rich Girl” until we tell them we have already done it. That forces the artists to go deeper in the catalogue, and they find some real gems. Sometimes Daryl will be so happy they picked a song that they put it in the set again.”