Hootie & The Blowfish Biography
Alternative-Rock act formed in the late '80s at the University of South Carolina USA, comprising lead singer+guitarist Darius Rucker, guitarist Mark Bryan, bassist Dean Felder and drummer Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld.
They began playing an expanding world of frat parties and dive bars,
gradually building a significant regional buzz; in 1991 the guys released
their first self-titled demo-disc, followed a six-track EP which included
the early version of "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be
With You", two songs that became the linchpins of the band's major
Their mellow Pop-Rock Blues-Rock sound attracted major label interest and in 1993 the quartet signed a contract with Atlantic Records who released their debut full-length, "Cracked Rear View", in May 1994; the first single "Hold My Hand" quickly entered the American top 40, by early 1995 reached the #10 on The Billboard Hot 100 pushing the album to #1 on The Billboard Top 200 chart, it became a full-blown music biz phenomenon selling 13 million copies and generated a long string of hit singles: "Hold My Hand" also climbed into the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock chart, "Let Her Cry" hit #9 on both Billboard's Hot 100 and Active Rock charts, "Only Wanna Be With You" had nudged higher to #6 and #2 spots respectively on Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock charts, "Drowning" hit #21 on Active Rock chart and "Time" peaked at #15 on The Billboard Hot 100.
Hootie & The Blowfish in 1995 recorded an excellent cover-track of Led Zeppelin's "Hey Hey What Can I Do?", a song released by the legendary British group as the B-side of the 1970's single "Immigrant Song"; the new version rose to #15 on The Mainstream Rock chart.
At the 38th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony the group was named Best New Artist and the single "Let Her Cry" won them a further Grammy for Best Pop Performance With Vocal.
"Fairweather Johnson", the band's second album, came out in April 1996 and went straight to #1 on The Billboard 200 chart selling a couple million copies, the first single, "Old Man And Me", reached the #13 on The Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at #6 on Mainstream Rock chart, it was followed by the Top 40 hits "Tucker's Town" and "Sad Caper".
The cover of 54-40's "I Go Blind", taken from the TV series "Friends", stormed the Adult Contemporary charts during the year.
In September 1998 Hootie & The Blowfish issued "Musical Chairs"; their third album reached #4 on The Billboard Top 200 chart but failed to match the commercial and artistic success of their previous recordings, with only one single, "I Will Wait"' charting on Billboard's Adult Top 40 list.
2000's "Scattered, Smothered And Covered", a collection of early material, B-sides and cover-tracks broke the U.S. Top 200 reaching the #71 spot.
The quartet returned in March of 2003 with the self-titled album which barely sneaked into the top 50 of The Billboard Top 200 chart, it included the single "Innocence".
The following year Atlantic Records released The Best Of compilation which reached the #62 in U.S. Top 200 Albums chart, the set featured the new single "Goodbye Girl".
In August 2005, Hootie & The Blowfish returned with their fifth studio album, "Looking For Lucky" released through Vanguard Records and the band's independent label, Sneaky Long Records; the set includes the single "One Love".