Daryl Hall on Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

March 24, 2015 5:02 PM

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Daryl Hall on Marvin Gaye’s ‘What’s Going On’

Singer-songwriter Daryl Hall, 68, had six No. 1 hits with John Oates. Their new DVD, “Live in Dublin” (Eagle Rock), recorded last year, will be released March 31. Mr. Hall spoke with Marc Myers.

I was still living in Philadelphia in January 1971 when Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” came out as a single. His lyrics were universal and personal at the same time, and his voice was sweet but urgent. The song completely changed my thinking about singing and songwriting.

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