March 26, 1977 - Hall and Oates started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Rich Girl', the duo's first US No.1, not a hit in the UK. It became their first (of six) number-one singles on the "Billboard" Hot 100. The single originally appeared on the 1976 album, Bigger Than Both of Us.
The song was rumored to be about the then-scandalous newspaper heiress Patty Hearst. In fact, the title character in the song is based on a spoiled heir to a fast-food chain who was an ex-boyfriend of Daryl 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.
Daryl Hall was shocked to find out that the infamous serial killer David "Son Of Sam" Berkowitz claimed he was inspired to murder by this song. It is unlikely that this song actually compelled Berkowitz to kill, as it was released after he started his killing spree, and Berkowitz cited many influences, including his neighbor's dog, when asked why he killed. Nonetheless, it was very disturbing for Hall and Oates to have their song associated with Berkowitz, and they made reference to this in their 1980 song "Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)" from their Voices album in the lyrics: Charlie liked The Beatles, Sam he liked Rich Girl.
Scott Edwards, who would later play on many disco hits of the era, was the bass player on this track. He says that Chris Bond, who produced the Bigger Than Both Of Us album, was largely responsible for this song's success. Edwards said: Chris was the one who figured out the production and the projection of it. He was a really good arranger and he wrote out note for note.
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