Say It Isn’t So-Daryl Hall is Suing John Oates

Daryl Hall is suing his other half, John Oates, in a confidential legal battle, issuing a restraining order, according to Variety.

The court documents are sealed, but based on court records, Hall filed an undisclosed complaint against Oates on Nov. 16, as well as a motion for a temporary restraining order, effective Nov. 30.

The Nashville Chancery Court confirmed the existence of the lawsuit to Variety, but declined further comment because the lawsuit is sealed.

According to TMZ, Hall downplayed Oates’ musical input on Bill Maher’s “Club Random” podcast last year, saying, “You think John Oates is my partner? … He’s my business partner. He’s not my creative partner.”

He went on, “John and I are brothers, but we are not creative brothers. We are business partners. We made records called Hall & Oates together, but we’ve always been very separate, and that’s a really important thing for me.”

An example of those separate lives, he explained, was the hit “Kiss On My List,” the 1980 hit co-produced with Oates.

“I did all those [harmonies],” Hall said. “That’s all me.” Oates is not credited as a songwriter on “Kiss on My List,” but is listed as a co-produced with Hall.

Despite the lawsuit, a Christmas album, “Home for Christmas,” is available on limited edition white vinyl through the duo’s social media pages.

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