As one half of Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall has helped sell more records than any other duo in music history.

Singing with others was ingrained in him growing up in Pennsylvania, says Hall new times.

“It was the tradition I grew up with in Philadelphia,” he says. “We had these very racially integrated harmonies. That’s what kids did back then. They didn’t pick up instruments, they snapped their fingers and sang together on street corners.”

As a child, he was also exposed to four-part harmonies.

“I was born into a family of musicians,” says Hall. “My earliest memories were musical memories. My mum was in a band, my dad was singing and I was always around that. Singing with John [Oates] was part of the tradition where I came from.”

But even though he topped the charts with hits like “Rich Girl” and “Maneater” as part of Hall & Oates, Hall pursued a solo career. He has released five albums, working in the genres of pop, progressive rock and his beloved soul music. Throughout his career there has never been a dispute as to whether a song he composed was for himself or for his work alongside John Oates.

“Every song is from the project,” Hall notes. “When I was working with Robert Fripp [on 1980’s Sacred Songs], I would write for this particular project. Same thing when I was working with Dave Stewart. I adapt the songs I work on who I work with.”

Earlier this year, Hall released the retrospective double album Before afterspotlighting 30 of his favorite tracks as a solo artist.

“It was difficult to choose the songs,” he says. “I got a good chunk out of each of the five albums. I used my instincts to choose the songs. I thought which songs fit the best and I didn’t put them in chronological order, but in order of mood.”
His latest tour alongside Daryl’s House Band stops at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on Sunday July 31 and encompasses what Hall says is a medley of his work as a solo artist.

“It will be heavy on the compilation,” he says. “I will try to keep a similar feeling of Daryl’s house.”

In 2007, he launched the web series Live from Daryl’s house, where he invites renowned musicians to his home and plays a few tunes with them. Artists like Chromeo, Train, CeeLo Green and Elle King have all made appearances.

“After all these years of touring, I wanted to shake things up and bring people to me,” Hall said of the show. “I wanted to work with different people and show them in a non-performance environment where there’s no audience.”

With over 80 recorded episodes, Hall is a little hesitant to choose his favorite episodes when asked where the uninitiated can begin. “If you like soul, you should watch the one with the O’Jays,” he says. “If you like classic rock, watch the one with Cheap Trick.”

After the six-city tour, he plans to film more episodes of Live from Daryl’s house before hitting the road again.

“I think it’s smarter to do an endless leg of short tours in this pandemic environment,” says Hall. “With the pandemic, if you’re planning a big tour, you might end up having to cancel a bunch of shows.”

If Hall is canceling concerts, it won’t be because of his pipes. At 75, her voice still sounds great.

“I don’t do anything special for my voice,” he says. “I was well trained and I sing the right way. I was blessed with great vocal chords.”

Daryl Hall. With Todd Rundgren. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at Hard Rock Live, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood; 954-797-5531; myhrl.com. Tickets cost between $60 and $100 through ticketmaster.com.