Hootie & The Blowfish is an American band that enjoyed great popularity in the second half of the nineties of the last century. It was formed in 1986 at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld and Mark Bryan. They have recorded seven studio albums to date, and have placed sixteen singles on several singles charts on the Billboard. His debut album, Cracked Rear View became the best-selling record in 1995. Platinum-certified on sixteen occasions, it is considered one of the best records in history, according to the American press. Currently ranked 30th in the list of best-selling albums in history and seventh place in the list of best-selling rock albums in the history of the United States.
Hootie & The Blowfish was formed in 1986. The members of the quartet met when they were in their first year at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia. Mark Bryan heard Darius Rucker sing in the showers of the bedroom they shared and was impressed with his vocal abilities. Together they began performing covers under the name of The Wolf Brothers, until they partnered with Felber, a former buddy of Bryan who played with him in the high school band, and with Jim “Soni” Sonefeld and became known as Hootie. & The Blowfish.
They independently released two promotional EPs on cassette in 1991 and 1992. In 1993 they managed to release 50,000 copies of a self-financed EP entitled Kootchypop, whose name was taken from the reference made to the female genitals by co-star Shirley Hemphill of the show What’s Happening. The album Cracked Rear View took them out of the anomimate, catapulting them to fame; It was an instant hit, becoming the best-selling record of 1995 and platinum certified sixteen times. Four of his hits were especially helpful: “Hold My Hand” (# 10 USA), “Let Her Cry” (# 9 USA), “Only Wanna Be With You” (# 6 USA) and “Time” (# 14). USA). In 1995 the group reached an out-of-court settlement with Bob Dylan for the unauthorized use of the author’s lyrics in the song “Only Wanna Be With You” Quarterback Dan Marino, Hall of Famer member featured in the song’s video clip “Only Wanna Be With You”, along with other athletes.
The band won the award for “Best New Artist” in the 1996 Grammy Awards. The group appeared on the MTV Unplugged television show on the eve of the release of their second album, Fairweather Johnson, in 1996. sales began favorably, covered by the success of the single “Old Man and Me” (# 13 USA) soon began to fall, leaving the number at four million copies sold in the US. To date, the group has released three other studio albums: Musical Chairs, Hootie & The Blowfish and Looking for Lucky. They also released a compilation album of B-faces and rarities in 2000, named Scattered, Smothered and Covered. The record is named in tribute to Waffle House, a popular chain of Southern nighttime restaurants. Specifically, the title refers to a dish of picadillo with chopped onions and melted cheese.
In 1995, Hootie & The Blowfish contributed to the tribute album Led Zeppelin Encomium, with the song “Hey Hey What Can I Do” that was originally conceived as part of the soundtrack of the series Friends in 1995.
On August 27, 2008, Darius Rucker announces the separation of the group, to continue his solo career. The band will not return to the studio or on the road except to give charity concerts. “We have four charity concerts every year and we will do them, but we will not do an album or tour. ”
Rucker records a solo album, Learn to Live, at Capitol Records. It includes the singles Do not Think I Do not Think About It, It Will not Be Like This for Long, Alright, all ranked first in US Hot Country Songs, and History in the Making, ranked third Hot Country Songs. Their second solo album of Rucker ‘, Charleston, SC 1966, is released in October 2010. A third solo album, True Believers, is released in May 2013.
Hootie and The Blowfish tour 2019 is the latest and the biggest tour even planned by the band. They are planning to visit a lot of USA cities and give more than 50 concerts in total.