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June 28, 2009
"Family Man" is a single by musician Mike Oldfield, released in 1,982. The American duo Hall & Oates covered Oldfield's song and it reached #6 on the US Hot 100 in June 1,983.
The 1,982 album H2O, a very polished, synth-heavy album became the duo's most successful album to date. H2O reached Number 3 on the album charts and spawned three Top 10 singles. Out of the 11 tracks that were recorded for this album, Oates only sang lead vocals on two songs, "Italian Girls" and "At Tension". "Maneater", the biggest hit of their career, reached the Number 1 on December 18, 1,982 and stayed there for an amazing four weeks. The ballad, "One on One" and a cover song of Mike Oldfield's, "Family Man" reached Number 7 and Number 6 in March and June 1,983, respectively.
According to an interview in 1,998, Oldfield wrote all of the music for the chorus, and verses were written by the other writers. Tim Cross has also claimed to have written the majority of the lyrics for the song, and cited Rick Fenn as the inspiration of the 'family man' mentioned in the song.
For the H2O album, Hall & Oates made some permanent changes to their current band. Drummer Mickey Curry, who had appeared on some Private Eyes tracks, including the title song, replaced Jerry Marotta full-time. Bassist Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who had mimed John Siegler's bass line in the "Private Eyes" video, replaced Siegler full-time. The two joined the band's holdovers — lead guitar player G.E. Smith (according to G.E. Smith himself, "G.E." stands for "great entertainment"), saxophonist Charlie "Mr. Casual" De Chant, and Hall & Oates to form one of the most acclaimed studio/touring units of the 1,980s. De Chant and Wolk continue to perform with the duo to this day. Curry returned for the Do It for Love sessions.