Daryl Hall, on Tour, Recalls His Pottstown Past; Forgetting It Would Be ‘No Can Do’

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Daryl Hall.

Daryl Hall, currently on a Midwest tour, had another interview opportunity to cite his Pottstown upbringing. Carol Nicksin captured his memories in Milwaukee Magazine.

Hall was a superstar singer with guitarist, backup vocalist John Oates. Their 20-year collaborations resulted in accolades that included:

  • Six number-one songs on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • Induction into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
  • A star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The current tour is an offshoot of Hall’s “Live from Daryl’s House,” a monthly web series. Upper Darby’s Todd Rundgren, who Hall came to know through high school sports, is performing as well.

“We’re both eclectic and fearless,” Hall said.

He cites his Pottstown-area upbringing as key to his development.

“I grew up in a multicultural environment,” Hall explained, “across the river from Pottstown, which was a multi-ethnic factory town.

“My parents were both musicians.

“I grew up listening to blues, gospel, R&B, doo-wop, and I loved it.”

Hall also related his own experience as a youngster in a choir. And watching his mother perform in a local band and his dad singing in a vocal group.

“Philly is home to a certain kind of soul,” he reminisced. “And I sprung up from that sound.”

More on Pottstown’s Daryl Hall is at Milwaukee Magazine.

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