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Patrick Johnson I accept your challenge and will connect Hall & Oates to KISS in six steps or less.

Daryl Hall and John Oates have been musical partners since 1970. They’ve changed styles (and facial hair) many times over the course of their 18 studio albums but 5 out of their 6 number one hits happened in the eighties. My favorite Hall & Oates song by far is…

How am I going to connect these dreamers to KISS in six steps or less? Like this:

1. The song “Every Time You Go Away,” which was written by Daryl Hall and originally appeared on the 1980 Hall & Oates album Voices, was a number one hit for British singer Paul Young in 1985.

2. Paul Young’s 1983 debut album No Parlez opens with a song called “Come Back and Stay” which was written by Jack Lee and originally performed by classic power pop band The Nerves who released a brilliant four song EP in 1976.

3. The first song on that Nerves EP was called “Hanging On The Telephone” and was also written by Jack Lee. The song was famously covered by Blondie on their top ten hit album Parallel Lines in 1979.

4. Blondie’s 1980 number one hit single “Call Me” was written and produced by Italian pop impresario Giorgio Moroder.

5. Giorgio Moroder wrote and produced four songs for Bonnie Tyler’s 1991 album Bitterblue.

6. Bonnie Tyler’s 1988 album was called Hide Your Heart. The album’s title track was written by Paul Stanley, Desmond Child and Holly Knight and would later turn up on the 1989 KISS album Hot In The Shade.

And there you have it.

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