So at a recent gathering of friends that included platters of great food and, shall we say, “beverages”, the topic of music came up and great Duos in particular. Now my friend Steve is a huge fan of Hall and Oates. Yes, it’s true. It was even hard to type. Anyway, they were his first concert back in the day and hold a special place in his heart. Well, I put my scoffing aside and did a little research. Oh my, lo and behold, Hall and Oates are the Number One Best Selling Musical Duo in History. Whaaaat? It is true. “Rich Girl”, “Kiss on my List”, “Private Eyes”, “I Can’t Go For That”, “Maneater”, “Out of Touch”, “Sara Smile”, “One on One”, “You Make My Dreams”. Yikes, I could hum a few bars of every single one of those songs as I typed them. But furthermore, if you haven’t ever checked reality tv’s best effort to date called “Live from Daryl’s House” you are missing something truly special. In fact they just renewed their agreement with Viacom Media Networks’ high-definition music channel Palladia for a new season this fall.
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The premise of the show is simple, if you’re talented. It started in 2007. Daryl thought it would be fun to play music with some of his friends and put it up on the Internet. To quote blogger Bob Lefsetz “LFDH is a perfect example of a veteran artist reinventing himself in the digital age by collaborating with both established colleagues and newer performers.” In a word, it is entertainment. The guest musicians show up at Daryl’s house which is a lovely sprawling farmhouse. They get comfortable and throughout the weekend they work out a play list, the musical arrangements etc…and the show winds up with a live concert.
So here is the beauty of the internet. If you want to check out any of the old episodes just go to Daryl’s website where they are all archived along with some great photos and a detailed history of the show. Way to go Steve.
While there can be only one number one best selling Duo, we did come up with some other interesting and note worthy (oh the puns) honorable mentions. Here is a short video for your viewing pleasure highlighting some of our favorite Duos including of course the CoolStream Duo. Just hit play.