The acclaimed pop music duo Hall & Oates are on the outs as the two men who dominated American radio for much of the 1970s and 1980s are adversaries in a mysterious legal battle.
It is not clear why the two are fighting, but the report said a feud between the makers of hit songs such as “Rich Girl,” Private Eyes” and “I Can’t Go for That” escalated last week.
“Little information about the lawsuit is publicly available, as 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,’ Variety reported.
“The following day, the court officially issued a temporary restraining order to begin Nov. 30,” it said.
The Nashville Chancery Court confirmed a case involving the two men but did not elaborate on it as it is sealed.
Neither Hall nor Oates has commented publicly on the legal battle.
TMZ reported the case could be related to a contractual dispute.
But even the celebrity news and gossip outlet, which is known for getting celebrity news scoops, had very little information to offer about the legal dustup.
It pointed out there were signs of trouble regarding the way Hall referred to Oates last year during an interview with Bill Maher on his “Club Random” podcast.
“I do like John,” Hall told Maher of his decades-long collaborative partner. “We’re not acrimonious in any way. No, no, no. We’re friends.
“We just have different directions — and have had since about 1975,” he said.
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The 77-year-old scoffed at the notion Oates was his creative other half.
“John and I are brothers, but we are not creative brothers. We are business partners,” Hall said.
He also told Maher, “We made records called Hall & Oates together, but we’ve always been very separate, and that’s a really important thing for me.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.