John Siegler (Todd Rundgren, Utopia, Hall & Oates)

By Tom Semioli

For a time, he was the “&” in Darryl Hall & John Oates! His impressive body of work on stage and on record traverses pop, rock, funk, fusion, jazz and rhythm & blues and permutations thereof.


A prolific studio ace, sideman, composer John Siegler waxed sides with artists including Todd Rundgren and Utopia, the aforementioned Daryl Hall & John Oates, Bette Midler, Desmond Child, Edgar Winter, Cher, Roger Daltrey, Rick Derringer, Meat Loaf, Tim Curry, Air, and Moogy Klingman, among others. Siegler’s main weapon of choice was a Fender Jazz bass (which he still plays) with the bridge pick-up tweaked ever-so-slightly to afford a biting tone ala Jaco, which was rather vogue in the late ’70s – early ’80s. 


Nowadays John composes, arranges, and appears on soundtracks for film, television, and advertisements and plays select gigs at The Bitter End.



John Siegler Sound & Vision:


Air “Man Is Free”


Todd & Utopia:


“Freak Parade”


“Another Life”


(Reunion) “Lady Face”


(Reunion) “The Ikon”


John’s and performance speech at The Bitter End memorial concert for Utopia keyboardist  Moogy Clingman  – performing “A Dream Goes On Forever” along with The Utopians Kasim Sulton, Jesse Gress, Daryl Tookes, Curtis King, and Julie Eigenberg


Darryl Hall & John Oates:


“Can’t Stop the Music”


“Beanie G and the Rose Tattoo”


“You Make My Dreams Come True”


KYBP Adjunct Professor Tony Senatore’s renditions of John with DH & JO:


 “Your Imagination”


“Looking for a Good Sign”


“Tell Me What You Want”