Second Cup Café: Hootie and the Blowfish

Hootie and the Blowfish visit the Second Cup Café to share their special blend of soulful vocals and pleasant pop tunes.

The band is best known for their hit songs "Only Wanna Be With You," "Let Her Cry," and "Hold My Hand" from their 1994 debut album, "Cracked Rear View."

But the band might never have existed if it weren't for lead singer Darius Rucker's good hygiene habits.

According to their official biography, the band got together when they were freshman at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Guitarist Mark Bryan heard Rucker singing in the dorm's showers and was so impressed with his vocal ability that he suggested they start playing music together. They played together as a duo and went on to form a band with bassist Dean Felber and drummer Jim "Soni" Sonefeld.

For the next several years the band played local clubs, then regional venues, and eventually were getting gigs up and down the eastern seaboard. They were eventually signed by Atlantic Records.

"Cracked Rear View" earned the band several awards in 1994 including Grammys for best new artist and song of the year by duo or group for "Let Her Cry."

They also won an MTV Video Music Award for best new artist for "Hold My Hand," a Billboard Music Award for album of the year, a People's Choice Award for album of the year and a People's Choice Award for best selling artist.

In 1996, Hootie and the Blowfish earned an RIAA Diamond award for selling 10 million copies of "Cracked Rear View." It has sold 16 million copies over the years and is the 12th biggest selling album in music business history.

Hootie and the Blowfish have sold a combined 9 million copies of the albums that followed their debut. They continue to tour extensively and released "LIVE in Charleston, The Homegrown Concert Event DVD and CD" in August 2006.
  • Judy Faber

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