Partnerships H-R

Daryl Hall & John Oates


DH, born Daryl Franklin Hohl in Potsdam, PA, 11 October 1946; and JO, born John William Oates in NYC, NY, 7 April, 1948 formed Hall & Oates in 1970, after they had met at a band competition in 1967. DH plays guitar and keyboard and sings lead. JO plays lead guitar and sings back-up. H&O are acknowledged to be the best-selling music duo in history with an estimated 40m records sold worldwide. In 2003, H&O were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2014, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, in 2016, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mick Jagger & Keith Richards


The songwriting partnership of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards is a musical collaboration whose output has produced the majority of the catalogue of The Rolling Stones, where they are usually credited as Jagger/Richards. In addition to MJ and KR's songwriting partnership, they have also produced or co-produced numerous Rolling Stones albums under the pseudonym The Glimmer Twins.

Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller


Born Jerome Leiber, 25 April, 1933 (died 22 August, 2011); and Mike Stoller (born 13 March, 1933), JL and MS were American songwriting and record producing partners. Stoller was the composer and Leiber the lyricist. Their most famous songs include Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Kansas City, Stand By Me (with Ben E. King), and On Broadway (with Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil). The pair were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1985, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

John Lennon & Paul McCartney


One of the most influential and successful songwriting partnerships of all time. They gained international fame as founder members of The Beatles. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked The Beatles #1 on its list of “100 Greatest Artists Of All Time”.


Leslie Mendelson & Steve McEwan


LM was born 30 December 1977 on Long Island, New York. She is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who released a debut EP Take It As You Will in 2005. She started co-writing with Steve McEwan 2008/09 the results of which became her 2009 album Swan Feathers. SM is a Scottish-born South African songwriter, musician and artist. He has played music since the age of 10 and wrote his first hit “I Still Long For You”, aged 17. LM and SM have performed as the duo Melody Kills.


Otis Redding & Steve Cropper


Otis Ray Redding Jr (9 September 1941 - 10 December 1967) was a soul singer, whose name has become synonymous with the term “Soul”. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989. Steve “The Colonel” Cropper (21 October 1941) is an American guitarist, songwriter and producer.



Michael Stipe
Mike Mills

R.E.M. was an American alternative rock band from Athens, Georgia, formed in 1980 by singer John Michael Stipe (born 4 Jan 1960), guitarist Peter Lawrence Buck (born 6 Dec 1956), bassist Michael Edward Mills (born 17 Dec 1958), and drummer William Thomas Berry (born 31 July 1958). One of the first popular alt. rock bands, R.E.M. gained early attention due to Buck's ringing, arpeggiated guitar style and Stipe's unclear vocals. In 1983, the group released its critically acclaimed debut album, Murmur. They achieved a first mainstream hit in 1987 with the single The One I Love.

Peter Buck
Bill Berry

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