Another Abandoned Luncheonette single, "Las Vegas Turnaround", was written about (and mentioned by first name) Hall's girlfriend, flight attendant and future songwriting collaborator Sara Allen.Despite the fact that none of the Atlantic albums were huge national hits, in Minneapolis–St.
"She's Gone," as covered by Tavares, did go to Number One on the R&B charts in 1974.
It was originally written for Hall's first wife, Bryna Lublin (Hall), and initially inspired by Oates' being stood up on a date on New Year's Eve.
"Sara Smile" became their first Top 10 hit, reaching Number 4 on the chart in June 1976.
"She's Gone," re-released by Atlantic Records after "Sara Smile" also went to the Top 10, reached Number 7 in October 1976.
The song "Rich Girl" was Hall & Oates' first Number 1 hit, reaching the pinnacle for the week ending March 26, 1977.
After this small run of hits, Hall & Oates still encountered difficulty getting radio play.Early in their recording careers, Hall & Oates had trouble clearly defining their sound, alternating among folk, soul, rock and pop.None of their early albums - Whole Oats, Abandoned Luncheonette and War Babies - were very successful.Hall would later say in an interview for VH1's Behind the Music that he looked like "the girl I always wanted to go out with" on that album cover.This special cover was made by the same artist who created Ziggy Stardust for David Bowie, Pierre La Roche.They achieved their greatest fame from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s with a fusion of rock and roll and rhythm and blues.