Darryl Earl Thames, Sr.
Daryl Franklin Hohl hails from Pottstown, Pennsylvania. As an accomplished singer-musician he is well known for his collaborations with John Oates as well as solo material. Since 2007, Hohl has hosted the online/webcast series Live from Daryl’s House.
Robert Fripp was also impressed by his contributions. These recordings can be found on his 1979 album Exposure.
Early Life and Education
Darryl Earl Thames Sr. of Manchester, CT passed away peacefully with loved ones by his side on June 29, 2023. He was an adored husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend to many.
He attended Howard University and pledged the Beta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. headquartered in Hartford, CT.
Daryl was also widely respected for his expertise in renovating historic homes across both America and England, earning himself his own reality show on DIY Network called Daryl’s Restoration Over-Hall. Additionally, since 2007 he hosted Live from Daryl’s House online video broadcast featuring musical acts such as Johnny Rzeznik, CeeLo Green, The O’Jays Smokey Robinson and KT Tunstall among many others.
Daryl worked as an Associate Director at Half Moon Young People’s Theatre from 2002 – 2005 with special emphasis on disability and community. Over this time, Daryl directed 12 productions and over 20 participatory projects that highlighted access and inclusion as key objectives.
In 1985, Hall and Oates formed the rock duo Hall and Oates with guitarist John Oates. Their hit “She’s Gone” hit No. 7 on Billboard Hot Soul Singles chart and No. 5 in Hot 100 chart; additionally they wrote or co-wrote nine other popular Billboard tracks.
In 2005 he participated in Drake Music’s Beyond Boundaries Nicaragua series. A team of disabled artists, musicians, and young people traveled through rainforests, deserts, rivers and mountains from Atlantic to Pacific as easily as if flying. This show was then turned into four one hour programmes broadcast on BBC 2.
Achievement and Honors
Thames was not only an accomplished musician and politician; he also founded and championed school reconstruction projects to ensure Manchester children can attend state-of-the-art facilities. A lifelong resident, in 2022 he was appointed Town Clerk embracing its purpose to serve the public by digitizing records readily accessible for use by residents – becoming one of Manchester’s inaugural class of Luminaries of Change.
Since 2007, Hall has hosted an online webcast/podcast called Live from Daryl’s House that features musicians performing in their home studio environments, such as Ben Folds, Johnny Rzeznik, CeeLo Green, Shelby Lynne, KT Tunstall and Smokey Robinson to name just a few.
Musician and community servant, Aws is also committed to serving his local area. Since 2012 he has served on the Manchester Board of Education as Chair. Through his involvement with school reconstruction projects across Manchester he ensures students access state-of-the-art facilities.
His books explore his passions – great pop eccentrics and populist African-American music. Additionally, he has spoken at festivals and the V&A on this topic.
Daryl hosts an online show/webcast called Live from Daryl’s House, originally broadcast live from his Millerton home and now at Daryl’s House Club in Pawling. Artists featured have included Ben Folds, Johnny Rzeznik, CeeLo Green, Smokey Robinson and KT Tunstall – as well as being his husband and father of two!
As one of America’s best-loved musicians, Hall has amassed an immense fortune. Since 1967 when they first met as Temple University undergraduate students, he and Oates have formed the popular musical duo Hall and Oates.
He has an expansive interest in real estate and antiques beyond music, such as purchasing the Bray House in Kittery Point, Maine (the oldest home in Maine) in 2008. Additionally, he owns several properties across Connecticut and London- including one built in 1740 that features waterfront access on Thames River.
In 2007, Hall began hosting an online live-streamed talk show titled Live from Daryl’s House that features musical performances. Filmed at his Millerton, New York home, numerous notable artists like Johnny Rzeznik, CeeLo Green and Smokey Robinson have appeared on this series.