Chancellor Connection For Daryl Hall

The British Telegraph Newspaper reports that the most famous half of Hall and Oatesis related to their own Chancellor of the Exchequer.

I have been a fan of Daryl Hall and Hall & Oates for many years but I was not aware that he had married into the British political hierarchy.

You might know that Daryl Hall wrote or co-wrote 11 songs that topped the Billboard chart, that he appeared at Live Aid and on the We Are The World single with John Oates, and that Hall & Oates are one of the most successful duos in rock history with over 60 million albums sold. However, it may surprise you to learn that he’s related by marriage to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne.

“Yes, I travel in unusual circles,” Hall confesses. “George Osborne and his wife Frances are my cousins. But I’m not gonna talk politics with George.”

Born in Pennsylvania in 1946, and raised in the school of Philadelphia soul alongside writers/producers Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell, Hall has been in the front line of American music for 40 years, but there’s a distinctly English streak running through his story. He’s now married to Amanda Aspinall, daughter of the late zoo-owner and gambling tycoon John Aspinall, and, as stepfather to March and Orson, has become a family man for the first time.

“I have an English family and I’ve lived in England for years,” says Hall. “Amanda and I have been married for three or four years. They’re extraordinary people, and I have a great family.”

One of Hall’s passions is restoring historic properties on both sides of the Atlantic, which is why we meet at his antique terraced house in Kensington. Meanwhile, over in upstate New York, he also owns a sprawling upmarket estate in the Revolutionary War Georgian Colonial style, and it’s from one of its outbuildings that Hall broadcasts his internet show, Live From Daryl’s House. With its mixture of newer artists and veterans, including Booker T Jones, Smokey Robinson or Todd Rundgren, the monthly programme has been acclaimed, with artists clamouring for an invitation to appear.

If you have not caught Daryl‘s Internet show Live form Daryl’s House I would highly recommend that you do. He has a great house band (literally) and some of my favourite shows have been those featuring Smokey Robinson, Eli ‘Paper Boy’ Reed and Cee Lo Green. It was the first place I discovered the sensational Grace Potter and I am yet to catch last month’s show which featured Jason Mraz and that is high on my to do list.