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Hall and Oates’ Road to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

A look back at the duo’s 40-year career, in photos

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Hall & Oates are the best-selling musical duo of all-time with a staggering number of monster hits, but the rock establishment has never taken them quite as seriously as the huge fan base. "It's probably because they had their own opinions about what constituted exceptional music in that period of time," says Hall. "And it was based on a lot of things that I wasn't really interested in. I have slightly different roots than most of the [rock] writers." Their induction into the Hall of Fame clearly shows that times have changed. Here's a look back at their incredible 40-year career.  

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Signing to Atlantic

Hall & Oates sign their Atlantic Records contract in 1972 in New York City, New York. Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun is behind them second from the right and their manager Tommy Mottola is on the right. 

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Rockwalk

Hall & Oates press their hands into concrete during an induction ceremony into Hollywood's Rockwalk August 5th, 2003 in Los Angeles, California. 

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Solo Oates

John Oates of Hall & Oates performs at the Los Angeles County Fair on October 1st, 2010 in Pomona, California. 

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Hall & Oates at Bumbershoot

Hall & Oates perform at the 2011 Bumbershoot Festival on September 5th, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.