Hall & Oates - February 12, 2014

The American Treasure Tour blog's series discussing the albums of the Music Room continues today with local favorites Hall & Oates!  

Daryl Franklin Hohl, nee Hall, grew up in Pottstown, Pennsylvania - right down the street from Oaks and the home of the ATT.  In 1967, he was at a ballroom in Philadelphia to perform in a band competition when a fight broke out between rival gangs.  To escape gunfire, he ran into a service elevator where he met New York City native and fellow Temple University student John Oates. Something connected.  They became roommates, then a musical duo.  They recorded their first album together in 1972, but it was not until 1976's "Sara Smile" that they broke into the top ten.  Their fusion of rock 'n roll, rhythm and blues, and new wave connected with their audience, and they had a string of hits through the 1980s.  1988's Ooh Yeah! went platinum quickly, although it didn't have the same momentum as their early-80s albums, with the only hit song released off of it being "Everything Your Heart Desires."  It proved the last platinum album the duo would release - to date.  They are still very much around, and expect to be inducted into the Rock 'N Roll Hall of Fame later this year.  

QUESTION:

On May 8th, 2012, Hall & Oates were reunited on television for a reality show that aired on NBC.  What was the name of the program?

a)  America's Got Talent  

b)  Survivor

c)  The Sing-Off

d)  The Voice

e)  American Idol

Answer Below

HISTORY TODAY:

The cornerstone of one of America's favorite monuments was laid on this day in 1914 in Washington, D.C.  For decades, people had tried to find the right way to honor the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, but no one came up with anything inspiring.  Some suggested a statue in front of the train station.  Others suggested creating a grand Greek-Revival monument located in marshy grounds in West Potomac Park.  Although the latter is what finally happened, some considered it disrespectful to Lincoln.  Former president William Howard Taft helped to lay the first stone in its construction, and, eight years later, Supreme Court Chief Justice William Howard Taft (the same guy) participated in the grand opening celebration with then-President Warren Harding.  It has since become one of the most popular destinations in the United States capitol.

We also celebrate the beginning of construction for another great American monument on this day in 1963, this one in St. Louis, Missouri.  The Gateway Arch was constructed to celebrate the opening of the west and westward expansion.  It took two years to complete, and opened to the public in 1967.  It is the largest man-made arch in the world, and the tallest accessible structure in the state of Missouri.  Below the arch, underground, is a museum dedicated to telling the story of the settling of the west, and the history of the making of this magnificent structure.

BIRTHDAYS:

The American Treasure Tour blog does what it can to honor notable men and women through our collective history on their birthdays.  Today, we would like to introduce you to one of our First Ladies. It is the birthday of Louisa Catherine Johnson, more familiarly known by her married name, Louisa Adams.  And then, not by many.  Born in 1775, Louisa is the only woman to serve as First Lady (to date) born outside the United States. She was, in fact, born in London, and had never set foot on American soil until her husband, John Quincy Adams, was called back from political duty at the end of his father's one term as president.  The highly-educated Louisa wanted little to do with her husband's associates in Washington and, although she knew how to host a good party, she was not exactly enthusiastic when her husband became the sixth president.  Always weakened by ill health, she preferred to lie in bed in the over-large White House than to put on a smile and host a gala.  But host she did, and she grew to love Washington, D.C., especially after her husband lost his bid for re-election.

QUOTE:

Daryl Hall is kind of weird.  He's always been his own man.  To this day, he's a very unique individual.  He doesn't have any hobbies.  He doesn't fit in with society very well.  John Oates

Answer:  d)  The Voice