“Think I’ll Spend Eternity in the City…”
Daryl Hall and John Oates, just before playing a triumphant, sold-out show at New York’s Madison Square Garden in February, announced a huge summer tour that is already proving to be one of the hottest tickets of the season.
Though they’re associated with Philadelphia due to their sound and personal upbringing, New York City has also played a huge part in their development. John was actually born there, and it’s where they both lived for many years and recorded some of their most popular work.
With that context out of the way, enjoy a tour of some H&O related sites in NYC.
- 462 First Avenue, Bellevue Hospital
Where John Oates entered the world on April 7th, 1948.
- 1841 Broadway
Former site of Atlantic Records, where Daryl and John auditioned in 1971 impressed legendary producer Arif Mardin enough to take them on.
- 433 E. 82nd Street
The very first apartment where Daryl and John lived in the early 1970s. Interestingly, “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee maintained a secret apartment here from 1967 until her death earlier this year.
- 88 7th Avenue South
Former site of the Pink Teacup restaurant. It was here in the winter of 1972 that John met the girl who would stand him up for a New Year’s Eve date, thus inspiring the classic song, She’s Gone.
- 147 W. 24th
Former site of the Secret Sound, Todd Rundgren’s private recording studio where the duo recorded their 1974 album, War Babies.
- 200 Water Street in lower Manhattan
Where the duo was photographed for their controversial Silver album cover featuring a nude shot in the album’s interior of John Oates.
- 52 West 8th
Electric Lady Studios. It was here that the duo recorded parts of their smash album Voices, along with the H20 and Big Bam Boom albums.
- 21 West 9th
Former site of the inner-sanctum celeb eatery called Marylou’s, where Oates noticed a beautiful woman in the early 80s that led to the hit Maneater being inspired.
- 28 West 8th Street in the Village
Former site of the Be-Bop Café, featured prominently near the end of the duo’s 1985 video for the song Possession Obsession, where the two are sitting at a counter eating breakfast.
- Just outside NYC at 130 Route 22 in Pawling
In Daryl’s popular club/restaurant, Daryl’s House, which also serves as home base for his hit TV show, Live From Daryl’s House.