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Hootie & the Blowfish

Updated on August 18, 2014

Hootie & the Blowfish

Back in '94, I loved "Hold My Hand" by the foursome Hootie & the Blowfish. The group was 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 debut album, Cracked Rear View, was one of the best selling albums of the 1990s, going platinum sixteen times.

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Background

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 hooked up with Felber, a former high school bandmate of Bryan's, and Jim "Soni" Sonefeld as Hootie & the Blowfish.

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. Their mainstream debut album was Cracked Rear View (1994). It was an instant....(read more)

"Cracked Rear View" - H & B's first album released in 1994.

Cracked Rear View
Cracked Rear View

Cracked Rear View marks the commercial debut of Hootie and the Blowfish, and it sold an astonishing 13 million copies in its first year of release.

 

"Only Wanna Be With You" - The Band's biggest hit single - 1994

The Best of H & B

Best of Hootie & The Blowfish 1993-2003
Best of Hootie & The Blowfish 1993-2003

All of the full length album versions of their hits are on this compilation, and all the top 40 hits from their two big albums are included in this collection.

 

"Hold My Hand" - The band's first top-ten single - 1994

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Any Thoughts on Hootie and the Blowfish? - Feel free to leave a comment here.

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      seegreen 8 years ago

      Normally this isn't my type of music, but for some reason I do like Hootie and the Blowfish.

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      I love Hootie and the Blowfish. Brings back some great memories.

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