BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #418: “RICH GIRL” DARYL HALL AND JOHN OATES

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Billboard #1 Hits: #418: ” Rich Girl”- Daryl Hall and John Oates. March 26, 1977. #1 for 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Rich Girl”- Daryl Hall And John Oates
  • Record Company- RCA
  • Genre: Blue-Eyed Soul
  • Written by Daryl Hall
  • Time: 2:23
  • B-side: “London, Luck and Love”
  • Album-Bigger Than Both Of Us
  • Grade: A
  • Peaked at #1 2 weeks in Billboard Hot 100.

Hall and Oates had been around a few years and had a handful of hits- but “Rich Girl” would be the first of their six #1 hits. The song was rumored to be about Patty Hearst but was actually about a guy- the ex-boyfriend of Hall’s girlfriend Sara Allen -“But you can’t write, ‘You’re a rich boy’ in a song, so I changed it to a girl,” Hall told Rolling Stone.

“Rich Girl” was written about an old boyfriend of Sara [Allen]’s from college that she was still friends with at the time. His name is Victor Walker. He came to our apartment, and he was acting sort of strange. His father was quite rich. I think he was involved with some kind of a fast-food chain. I said, “This guy is out of his mind, but he doesn’t have to worry about it because his father’s gonna bail him out of any problems he gets in.” So I sat down and wrote that chorus. [Sings] “He can rely on the old man’s money/he can rely on the old man’s money/he’s a rich guy.” I thought that didn’t sound right, so I changed it to “Rich Girl”. He knows the song was written about him.

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