The late 1970s brought success to already popular Hall & Oates with the song Rich Girl.
Although rumoured to be about always-in-the-news heiress Patty Hearst, the song written by Hall was about a man.
He was an ex-boyfriend of Hall’s girlfriend at the time, Sara Allen. But knowing the song wouldn’t work with the title ‘Rich Boy’, Hall switched the gender to female.
The lyrics detail the lack of worry for a girl with money, someone who never has to stress about anything she wants in her life.
The second single from the album Bigger Than Both of US, the song was released for radio airplay in January 1977. Slowly heading up the Billboard charts, the song hit number one in late March 1977, the first number one single for the duo.
The catchy soft rock/blue eyed-soul song was popular on radio playlists and earned the song not only number one status in the US, but was also a hit in Canada and Australia, with a limited impact in Europe.
Bigger Than Both of US was released in August 1976, and also had a slow burn up the charts, but had steady sales. Rich Girl became the first of six number one singles for Hall & Oates over the next few years of the 1970s and 1980s.