Daryl Hall and John Oates’ legal battle timeline: What to know

Daryl Hall and John Oates’ legal battle timeline: What to know

They’re not making each other’s dreams come true.

Pop rock duo Daryl Hall, 77, and John Oates, 75, are no longer making sweet music together — instead, they’re embroiled in a public feud and legal battle. 

It all began when Hall filed a lawsuit against his former musical partner Oates on Nov. 16. 

Fans took to social media to express their disbelief over the news, with one writing: “Daryl Hall is suing John Oates. The documents are sealed so we don’t know why yet. But I’m suddenly depressed.”

Hall and Oates, famous for ’70s and ’80s yacht rock hits like “You Make My Dreams (Come True)” and “Rich Girl,” first met while attending Temple University in Philadelphia in 1967.

They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2014. When they played together at a sold-out show in Madison Square Garden in February 2020, the men spoke to The Post — separately, in a sign of what was to come.

Daryl Hall and John Oates getting inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

“No. John and I never fight,” Hall told The Post when asked if they ever argued over a song. “We’ve never had a real fight since we’ve known each other — and that’s since we were kids, teenagers. We just know to deal with each other. That’s why we’re still together.”

Oates said: “The fact that Daryl and I are still friends, that he and I still get along — it’s a miracle. But we do.”

Last year, Hall revealed that the pair would no longer make music as a duo together. “I don’t have any plans to work with John. I mean, whatever. Time will tell,” he explained to the Los Angeles Times. 

“Life changed, everything changed,” Hall continued. “I’m more interested in pursuing my own world. And so is John.”

So, what happened? Here’s a breakdown. 

Daryl Hall sued John Oates on Nov. 16. Getty Images

Hall filing revealed

On Nov. 16, Hall filed a lawsuit in Nashville, Tennessee, relating to a “contract/debt,” according to court records viewed by The Post.

Since court documents are sealed, not much was known about the lawsuit’s details at the time. 

But, based on court records, Hall and his organization, the Daryl Hall Revocable Trust, filed an undisclosed complaint against Oates’ trust, the John W. Oates TISA Trust, and its co-trustees in Davidson County Chancery Court.

The lawsuit also named Oates’ wife, Aimee, who holds a role as trustee of her husband’s investment trust.

Daryl Hall and John Oates in 1976. Redferns

Restraining order 

The following day, the court officially issued a temporary restraining order, to begin Nov. 30, against Oates. There are no details as to what the injunction prohibits Oates from doing.

John Oates and Daryl Hall in 2014. Andy Kropa/Invision/AP

What filing could be about

The duo appeared to be having creative differences. 

During an appearance on Bill Maher’s “Club Random” podcast, Hall downplayed their partnership. 

“You think John Oates is my partner? … He’s my business partner,” he said in September 2022. “He’s not my creative partner.”

Hall also implied that he did most of the work. He cited the duo’s 1980 No. 1 hit, “Kiss on My List,” as an example of his creative dominance. “I did all those [harmonies],” Hall said. “That’s all me.” (Oates isn’t credited as a songwriter on “Kiss on My List,” but is listed as a co-producer with Hall).

Hall has released five solo albums throughout his career, starting with “Sacred Songs” in 1980. Though he always reunited with Oates to tour and record after completing a solo project, he’s revealed that he doesn’t like being in a duo. 

“I don’t like it,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “John and I call our touring company ‘Two-Headed Monster,’ because it is that. It’s very annoying to be a duo, because people always say, ‘Oh, you’re the tall one, you’re the short one. You’re the one that sings, you’re the one that doesn’t sing.’ You’re always compared to the other person. It works with comedy entities, like Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello, but with music, it’s f – – ked up, actually.”

Daryl Hall has said he didn’t like being in a duo. Getty Images

In 2021, during an interview with Sky News, Hall warned artists to hold onto their publishing rights, saying “all that you have is that.

“Oh, in the early days, it got sold off for me and I didn’t get the money,” he said.

Daryl Hall, left, and John Oates: duo no more. AP

Cryptic Thanksgiving post

On November 23 — one week after the filing — Oates broke his silence about his battle with Hall. On his social media channels, Oates posted a Thanksgiving message calling for “a more compassionate and supportive world.

“During this time of communal reflection and connection with loved ones, let’s not forget those experiencing challenges globally,” the singer wrote. 

He continued, “As we come together, consider reaching out to support those in need — whether through local charities or international humanitarian initiatives. May our collective efforts contribute to a more compassionate and supportive world.”

John Oates made a cryptic post on Thanksgiving, referring to “compassion.” Getty Images

Official reason why Hall filed 

According to TMZ, Hall and Oates’ dispute is over which songs in the duo’s catalogue Oates is allowed to sing as a solo artist. 

The hit tunes at issue in the court battle reportedly include “Kiss On My List,” “Rich Girl,” “Maneater,” “You Make My Dreams,” “One on One,” “Out of Touch,” “You’ve Lost that Lovin’ Feeling” and “Private Eyes.”

Oates had a slew of concerts in November — which corresponds to Hall filing on Nov. 16. Hall also had a concert in Tokyo, where he played the duo’s hits solo. 

On Nov 26, more details about the filing emerged. Unsealed records show that Chancellor Russell Perkins issued a temporary restraining order against Oates and his trust to halt the sale of his share of Whole Oats Enterprises LLP to Primary Wave Music for 15 days or until an arbitrator makes a ruling.

The suit was first filed after Oates performed solo shows in which he sang songs that Hall was credited for writing.

In the suit, Hall’s lawyers claimed Oates and his team violated a confidentiality provision by sharing their business arrangement in a letter of intent to Primary Wave, which they say should legally negate the sale.

The “entire Unauthorized Transaction is the product of an indisputable breach of contract,” Hall alleged, according to filings.

Hall claims Oates “ambushed” him in new filing — and he responds

On Nov. 29, Hall claimed in new court documents that his former bandmate waited to ambush him with a plan to sell his half of their company, Whole Oats Enterprises, LLP, to Primary Wave.

“This recent bad faith conduct by John Oates and the Oates Trust has created tremendous upheaval, harm, and difficulty in my life,” Hall wrote in the filing, obtained by People. “Not to mention unnecessary expense and burden, during a time when I am in the middle of a tour throughout the U.S. West Coast, Japan, and Manilla and need to focus and perform at top level.”

“I believe that John Oates timed the Unauthorized Transaction to create the most harm to me,” the frontman continued. “Respectfully, he must be stopped from this latest wrongdoing and his malicious conduct reined in once and for all.”

The “You Make My Dreams” singer claimed that Oates selling his share of the duo’s WOE joint venture would violate the terms of an October 2021 deal between the two men.

Hall also called the move by Oates “completely clandestine.”

Oates later filed his own statement in response, saying he was “tremendously disappointed” that Hall had chosen to make “inflammatory, outlandish, and inaccurate statements about me.”

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