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Hootie & the Blowfish

The band in 1998, pictured left to right: Sonefeld (behind drum kit), Felber, Rucker, and Bryan.
Background information
Origin Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Genres Rock, pop rock, alternative rock, jangle pop
Years active 1986–2008
Labels Atlantic Records
Sneaky Long Records
Vanguard Records
Website www.hootie.com
Darius Rucker
Dean Felber
Jim Sonefeld
Mark Bryan

Hootie & the Blowfish is an American rock band that enjoyed widespread popularity in the second half of the 1990s. They were originally formed in 1986 at the University of South Carolina by Darius Rucker, Dean Felber, Jim Sonefeld, and Mark Bryan. The band has recorded seven studio albums to date, and has charted sixteen singles on various Billboard singles charts. Their 1994 debut album, Cracked Rear View, is one of the best selling albums of all time, going platinum sixteen times.



Hootie & the Blowfish formed in 1986. The quartet met when they were freshmen at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Mark Bryan heard Darius Rucker singing in the showers of the dorm they shared and was impressed by his vocal ability. Bryan and Rucker began playing cover tunes as The Wolf Brothers; eventually Bryan and Rucker collaborated with Felber, a former high school bandmate of Bryan's, and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld as Hootie & the Blowfish.[1]

Brantley Smith was the original drummer for the band. He left the group to pursue music ministry, but he has made scattered guest appearances with the band (he played cello on their MTV Unplugged performance in 1996 and sat in on drums with the band at Gruene Hall in Gruene, TX, on June 27, 2008).

The group independently released two cassette demo EPs in 1991 and 1992. In 1993, they pressed 50,000 copies of a self-released EP, Kootchypop, which was named after a reference to female genitalia in a stand-up comedy act by What's Happening co-star Shirley Hemphill.[citation needed] Their mainstream debut album was Cracked Rear View (1994). It was an instant success, ultimately going platinum 16 times in the U.S. and becoming the best-selling album of 1995. The album was propelled by four hits, "Hold My Hand" (U.S. #10), "Let Her Cry" (U.S. #9), "Only Wanna Be With You" (U.S. #6), and "Time" (U.S. #14). In 1995, Hootie and the Blowfish and Bob Dylan reached an out-of-court settlement for the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in their song "Only Wanna Be With You."[2] Miami Dolphins' Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino appeared in the band's video for the song "Only Wanna Be With You", along with several other athletes.[3]

The band won the "Best New Artist" award at the 1996 Grammy Awards. Hootie & the Blowfish appeared on MTV Unplugged on the eve of the release of their second album, 1996's Fairweather Johnson. Though sales began promisingly, and it contained the hit single "Old Man and Me" (U.S. #13), the album quickly ran out of steam, having sold four million copies in the U.S. Hootie & the Blowfish has since released three more studio albums: Musical Chairs, Hootie & the Blowfish, and Looking for Lucky. They also released a B-sides and rarities compilation in 2000 entitled Scattered, Smothered and Covered. This album is named in tribute of Waffle House, a popular Southern chain of all-night diners. Specifically, the title refers to an order of hash browns scattered on the grill, smothered with diced onions and covered with melted cheese.[4]

In 1995, Hootie & the Blowfish contributed the song "Hey Hey What Can I Do" to the Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin. Their cover of Canadian group 54-40's "I Go Blind", originally released on the soundtrack to the TV series Friends in 1995, did not appear on Cracked Rear View or Fairweather Johnson, but nevertheless became a surprise hit at radio in 1997 after three singles from Fairweather Johnson had been released. Both "Hey Hey What Can I Do" and "I Go Blind" were later released on the collection Scattered, Smothered and Covered.

Hootie and the Blowfish started their own record label, Breaking Records, in 1996 as a subsidiary of Atlantic. They had planned to focus on signing local Carolina acts. Edwin McCain and Cravin' Melon were both associated with the label at one point, but did not release any material on it. The Meat Puppets, Jump, Little Children, Treadmill Trackstar and Treehouse released one album each on Breaking Records. The label folded in 2000.

In 1998, they performed on Frank Wildhorn's concept album of the musical The Civil War[5]

Hootie covered the 1968 Orpheus hit "Can't Find the Time" in 2001 for the soundtrack of the Jim Carrey movie " Me, Myself and Irene". It was a crowd favorite after the movie was released. Orpheus creator and the song's writer Bruce Arnold traded verses with Darius on several occasions when the band played live on the west coast.

The band currently has an extensive touring schedule, including an annual New Year's Eve show at the Silverton Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In 2008, the band started releasing their concerts as downloads through trueAnthem.[6]

In 2009, Hootie and the Blowfish performed live in a ballet which chronicled their rise and success in the 1990s[7].


On August 27, 2008, frontman Darius Rucker announced in an AOL Sessions interview that Hootie and the Blowfish would be splitting so Rucker could pursue his solo career as a country music performer. Although the band will no longer be recording or touring, Rucker confirmed they will still perform their scheduled charity concerts stating, "We have four charity gigs every year and we will still do them, but we will not do a record or tour."[8] Rucker also said that the split will last "for five or six years, or until I record three or four country albums". He later amended his statement, saying "To be honest with you, we're not even split up right now, and we're not really thinking about splitting up."[9]

Rucker has recorded a solo album, Learn to Live, for Capitol Records. It includes the singles "Don't Think I Don't Think About It", "It Won't Be Like This for Long" and "Alright", all three of which have reached Number One on the U.S. Hot Country Songs charts.

The name

The band's name comes from two of Darius Rucker's college choir friends,[citation needed] neither of whom was ever a band member. One, with a round face and glasses, was nicknamed Hootie because of his perceived owl-like appearance.[citation needed] The Blowfish, also got his nickname from his facial appearance, in his case chubby cheeks.[citation needed] Rucker is often mistakenly referred to as Hootie.[10]

Charity work

Hootie & The Blowfish have become known not only for their music, but also for their charity work. The entire band and crew traveled to New Orleans for five days of building houses in Musicians' Village, on October 16-20, 2006.[11] The band's members are avid golfers, and have sponsored the annual spring Monday After the Masters Celebrity Pro-Am Golf Tournament, benefiting local charities, since 1995.[12]

Each year from 2005 through 2009, Hootie and the Blowfish generously donated their time and talent to perform at The Animal Mission’s PARTY ANIMALS silent auction and concert to benefit the shelter animals in Columbia, South Carolina. Each year the event raised over $100,000 and allowed the organization to provide a free spay/neuter program for the Southern community’s pets. Hootie and the Blowfish reunited to do a special show at Incirlik Air base in Turkey on 18 October 2008, to show their support for the troops.


Touring members


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions[13] Certifications[14]
(sales threshold)
1994 Cracked Rear View 1 12 7 1
  • US: Diamond
  • CAN: Diamond
1996 Fairweather Johnson
  • Released: April 23, 1996
  • Label: Atlantic Records
1 9 12 6 36 37 37
  • US: 3× Multi-Platinum
1998 Musical Chairs
  • Released: September 15, 1998
  • Label: Atlantic Records
4 15 20
  • US: Platinum
2003 Hootie & the Blowfish
  • Released: March 4, 2003
  • Label: Atlantic Records
2005 Looking for Lucky 47 4
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released

Compilation albums

Year Album details Chart Positions
2000 Scattered, Smothered and Covered
  • Released: October 24, 2000
  • Label: Atlantic Records
2004 The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish: 1993-2003 62
2006 Live in Charleston
  • Released: August 8, 2006
  • Label: Vanguard Records
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or not released


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
1994 "Hold My Hand" 10 4 6 37 Cracked Rear View
1995 "Let Her Cry" 9 9 7 4 19
"Only Wanna Be with You" 6 2 3 3 40 17
"Time" 14 26 4 1 35
"Drowning" 21
"Hey Hey What Can I Do" 15 Encomium: a Tribute to Led Zeppelin
1996 "Old Man & Me" 13 6 18 4 41 Fairweather Johnson
"Tucker's Town" 38 29 24 12
"Sad Caper" _ 26
1997 "I Go Blind" 22 3 Friends (soundtrack)
1998 "I Will Wait" __ 28 1 Musical Chairs
1999 "Only Lonely" 29 25
2003 "Innocence" 25 24 Hootie & the Blowfish
"Goodbye Girl" 24 The Best of Hootie & the Blowfish
2005 "One Love" 5 20 Looking for Lucky
2006 "Get Out of My Mind" 17 17
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or not released


  1. ^ http://www.hootie.com/history
  2. ^ Rock Clock, November 3. VH1.com. Accessed May 25, 2007.
  3. ^ Hootie and the Blowfish. A Series of Short Trips (DVD). Atlantic, 1996.
  4. ^ Hootie & the Blowfish like songs "covered". Cnn.com Archive, November 3, 2000. Accessed February 5, 2007.
  5. ^ Gettysburg Welcomes Wildhorn's "New" Civil War Musical, For the Glory. Playbill.com, June 15, 2006. Accessed March 13, 2010.
  6. ^ Hootie & the Blowfish on trueAnthem
  7. ^ Believe It or Not, Here's the Hootie Ballet. Free Times (Columbia, SC), March 31, 2009, accessed April 17, 2009
  8. ^ Darius Rucker - Hootie Leaves the Blowfish
  9. ^ Hootie and the Blowfish to Return in 2009. Alternative Addiction, December 20, 2008.
  10. ^ Hootie Ya Love. Rolling Stone, September 15, 1998. Accessed February 5, 2007.
  11. ^ Hootie & The Blowfish join Habitat for Humanity in New Orleans build Feature Story
  12. ^ Hootie & The Blowfish Golf Tournament Page
  13. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 259. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  14. ^ Hootie & the Blowfish album certifications.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Sheryl Crow
Grammy Award for Best New Artist
Succeeded by
LeAnn Rimes

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Hootie & the Blowfish

Hootie & the Blowfish are a rock group which formed in 1986. Their first studio album, Cracked Rear View, was released in 1994. This group became popular in the second half of the 1990s. The group have been semi active since 2008.

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