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MEMBERS: Darius Rucker ~ Jim Sonefeld ~ Mark Bryan ~ Dean Felber
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BIRTHDAYS: Darius Rucker (May 13, 1966) ~ Jim Sonefeld (October 20, 1964) ~ Mark Bryan (May 6, 1967) ~ Dean Felber (June 9, 1967)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Hold My Hand" (1995)
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BIGGEST LP: Cracked Rear View (1994)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 2

 
TIMELINE

Hootie & The Blowfishbutton.gif (123 bytes) Which one is Hootie? Smack! None of the four members of Hootie & The Blowfish is known as "Hootie" - and we should all stop asking. The band members are: Dean Felber (bass and background vocals), Jim 'Soni' Sonefeld (drums, percussion, piano & background vocals), Mark Bryan (guitar, mandolin, piano and background vocals), and the guy most often called "Hootie," Darius Rucker (lead vocals and guitar). For a band that has been together over a decade, it's hard to believe they became so popular, so quick, and so disliked in the same amount of time. The band got together at the University of South Carolina in 1986. Bryan and Rucker originally paired up as a duo in college under the name The Wolf Brothers playing cover tunes. When Felber joined the duo, they renamed themselves Hootie & The Blowfish (named for two of Rucker's friends). After graduation, the band began hitting the club circuit and former classmate, Sonefeld, joined on as their drummer. The band had some minor success with independent labels and releases but started the road toward super-stardom when they signed with Atlantic Records in 1993.

1994...

June
Hootie & The Blowfish - 'Cracked Rear View'button.gif (123 bytes) The band's first LP, Cracked Rear View, was released.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 40 with "Hold My Hand."
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified gold.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 10 with "Hold My Hand."

1995... # 3 Singles Artist of the Year

Hootie & The Blowfish - "Hold My Hand" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Throughout 1995, tracks from their debut LP dominated the pop charts and radio airwaves and the band's first four singles were all Top 5 hits: "Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry," Only Wanna Be With You," and "Time." The LP eventually hit the #1 position and went on to sell over 16 million copies in the U.S. As the band's popularity progressed during the course of the year, so did the criticism's of the band's redundant sound, simplistic videos, and radio saturation. Yet, for every criticism and comment, more LPs sold and Hootie & The Blowfish became one of the most successful acts of the year.

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified platinum

March
Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin compilationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 2x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish could be heard on the Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin compilation with "Hey Hey What Can I Say?"

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 40 with "Let Her Cry."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 4x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The band hit the Top 10 with "Let Her Cry."
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View topped the Billboard Pop Albums chart for 8 weeks.

June
Hootie & The Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 40 with "Only Wanna Be With You."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 6x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 10 with "Only Wanna Be With You."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish won a MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist and were also nominated for Viewer's Choice ("Hold My Hand").

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 10x platinum.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 11x platinum
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 40 with "Time."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish topped the Billboard Year-End Chart-Toppers as the Top Billboard 200 Album Artist, Top Billboard 200 Album, Top Billboard 200 Album Artist - Duo/Group, and Top Hot Adult Contemporary Artist.
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Cracked Rear View was the biggest selling LP of the year with sales topping 7 million during 1995.

1996... # 3 Singles Artist of the Year (# 1 Group/Duo of the Year)

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish kicked off the year with an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist and were also nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group, Favorite Adult Contemporary Artist, Favorite Artist of the Year, and Favorite Pop/Rock Album.
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 12x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The band hit the Top 10 with "Time."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish won 2 Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal ("Let Her Cry").

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 13x platinum.

April
Hootie & The Blowfish - Fairweather Johnsonbutton.gif (123 bytes) The band's second LP, Fairweather Johnson, was released and became the group's second #1 LP. As expected, the heavy radio play of the band's previous LP had taken its toll on radio listeners, and the second LP was less successful. Only one track managed to crack the Top 10 pop charts: "Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)" (which hit the Top 40 in April) and additional Top 40 hits included "Sad Caper" and "Tucker's Town." The LP sold over 3 million copies in the U.S. and interest in the band continued with the track "I Go Blind" from the TV show Friends soundtrack grew in popularity over a year after it was released.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The band hit the Top 10 with "Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)."
button.gif (123 bytes) Fairweather Johnson topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for 2 weeks.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 14x platinum and Fairweather Johnson was certified 2x platinum.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 40 with "Tucker's Town."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 10 with "Tucker's Town."
button.gif (123 bytes) The band were nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video ("Only Wanna Be With You").

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 40 with "Sad Caper."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish hit the Top 40 with "I Go Blind" from the TV show Friends soundtrack.

1997...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 15x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The band won an American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group.

June
Hootie & The Blowfishbutton.gif (123 bytes) Out in Charleston, South Carolina, a man reported that he was "beaten-up" by Hootie & The Blowfish singer, Darius Rucker. Both men claim they were breaking up an altercation. No one was seriously hurt.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish settled a $150 million lawsuit by a music promoter who claimed that he "discovered" the band, signed a contract with the band for 3 years (beginning in 1991), and then was abandoned. The final terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but lawyers representing the interest of the band stated it was cheaper to settle than to go to trial. The band's manager also told Billboard that settling the suit was not an admission of guilt and was only done for financial reasons.

1998... # 62 Singles Artist of the Year

September
Hootie & The Blowfish - Musical Chairsbutton.gif (123 bytes) The 3rd Hootie & The Blowfish LP, Musical Chairs, was released with the first Top 40 single, "I Will Wait."
button.gif (123 bytes) Also a routine flight to Los Angeles with Hootie & The Blowfish on board had to land in Denver after a drunk fan approached the band with a book of poetry looking for autographs and a record deal, and later attacked their bodyguard and flight attendants. Sonefeld said, "he got pretty unruly and then he went out of control" and Rucker, who slept through the incident, told reporters, "they were taking somebody out... I went back to sleep... I just really wasn't worried about it."
button.gif (123 bytes) Fairweather Johnson was certified 3x platinum.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Musical Chairs was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The band hit the Top 10 with "I Will Wait."

1999...

January
Message In A Bottle soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) A second hit from the LP, Musical Chairs, "Only Lonely" cracked the Top 40 and appeared on the soundtrack for Message In A Bottle (although the song was originally meant for the film, You Got Mail).

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Cracked Rear View was certified 16x platinum.

2000...

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Guitarist, Mark Bryan released a solo LP, 30 On The Rail.

October
Hootie & The Blowfish - Scattered Smothered & Coveredbutton.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish released Scattered Smothered & Covered - a collection of rare tracks - and began a small tour during the month.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish ended the month and year by hitting the Top 40 with "Use Me."

2002...

June
Darius Rucker - Back To Thenbutton.gif (123 bytes) Rucker released his solo LP - Back To Then.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker could be heard with the track "It's All Right To Cry" on the compilation For The Kids.

2003...

March
Hootie & The Blowfish LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish released Hootie & The Blowfish.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish left their label, Atlantic Records.

2004...

March
The Best Of Hootie & The Blowfish 1993-2003button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish released a hits LP, The Best Of Hootie & The Blowfish 1993-2003.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 61 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

August
Hootie & The Blowfish - Looking For Luckybutton.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish released Looking For Lucky.

2006..

August

button.gif (123 bytes) Hootie & The Blowfish released the live LP Live In Charleston.

2007..

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Only Wanna Be With You" at # 45.

2008..

September
Darius Rucker - Learn To Livebutton.gif (123 bytes) Rucker released his solo LP Learn To Live.
Billboard peak: # 5
Entertainment Weekly: B+
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iTunes and Amazon.mp3

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Hot Country Songs chart with "Don't Think I Don't Think About It."
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Top Country Albums chart with
Learn To Live.

2009..

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker's LP
Learn To Live was certified gold.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "It Won't Be Like This For Long."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker's LP Learn To Live was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with "Alright."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker won a Country Music Award for New Artist of the Year.
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker was nominated for an
American Music Award for Favorite Country Male Artist.

2010...

October
Darius Rucker - 'Charleston, SC 1966'button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker released his next solo LP Charleston, SC 1966.
available for download at
iTunes and Amazon.mp3
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Digital Albums chart and Country Albums chart with Charleston, SC 1966.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Country Songs chart with "Come Back Song."

2011...

February
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Charleston, SC 1966 was certified gold.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Country Songs chart with "This."

2013....

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Country Songs with "Wagon Wheel."

May
Darius Rucker - 'True Believers'button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker released True Believers.
Billboard peak: # 2
US: Gold
Rolling Stone:3 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B-
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iTunes and Amazon.mp3

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker topped the Billboard Country Albums chart with True Believers.
button.gif (123 bytes) Rucker hit the Top 40 with "
Wagon Wheel."

2014...

  • Darius Rucker - 'Home For The Holidays'October 27: Rucker released Home For The Holidays.
    Tracks: "I'll Be Home For Christmas" - "White Christmas" - "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" - "Winter Wonderland" - "Please Come For Christmas" - "What God Wants For" - "Baby, It's Cold Outside" - "O Come All Ye Faithful" - "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" - "Hark! The herald Angels Sing" - "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - "Candy Can Christmas"

2015...

  • Darius Rucker - 'Southern Style'March 31: Rucker released Southern Style.
    Tracks: "Homegrown Honey" - "Good For A Good Time" - "Baby I'm Right" - "Southern Style" - "High On Life" - "Perfect" - "You, Me And My Guitar" - "Low Country" - "Need You More" - "Half Full Dixie Cup" - "Lighter Up" - "You Can Have Charleston" - "So I Sang" - "Down Here" - "It's All Over"
    Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 7
    available for download at
    iTunes and Amazon.mp3

2017...

  • Darius Rucker - 'When Was The Last Time'June 24: Rucker topped the Billboard Country Airplay chart with "If I Told You."
  • October 20: Rucker released When Was The Last Time.
    Billboard Top 200 LPs peak: # 8
    Tracks: "For The FIrst Time" - "Bring It On" - "Life's Too Short" - "If I Told You" - "Don't" - "Twenty Something" - "Straight To Hell" (featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Charles Kelley) - "Count The Beers" - "Another Night With You" - "Hands On Me" - "She" - "Story To Tell" - "Straight To Hell" (Full Version) (featuring Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan & Charles Kelley)
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Hootie & The Blowfish - 'Cracked Rear View'
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Cracked Rear View
Released: June, 1994
US: 16x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 8 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Hannah Jane" - "Hold My Hand" - "Let Her Cry" - "Only Wanna Be With You" - "Running From An Angel" - "I'm Goin' Home" - "Drowning" - "Time" - "Look Away" - "Not Even The Trees" - "Goodbye"
Hootie & The Blowfish - Fairweather Johnson Fairweather Johnson
Released: April, 1996
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 2 weeks)
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Be The One" - "Sad Caper" - "Tucker's Town" - "She Crawls Away" - "So Strange" - "Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)" - "Earth Stopped Cold At Dawn" - "Fairweather Johnson" - "Honeyscrew" - "Let It Breath" - "Silly Little Pop Song" - "Fool" - "Tootie" - "When I'm Lonely"
Hootie & The Blowfish - Musical Chairs Musical Chairs
Released: September, 1998
US:Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "I Will Wait" - "Wishing" - "Las Vegas Nights" - "Only Lonely" - " Answer Man" - "Michelle Post" - "Bluesy Revolution" - "Home Again" - "One By One" - "Desert Mountain Showdown" - "What's Going On Here" - "What Do You Want From Me Now" - "Closet Full Of Fear"
Hootie & The Blowfish - Scattered Smothered & Covered Scattered Smothered & Covered
Released: October, 2000
Billboard peak: # 71
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Fine Line" - "I Go Blind" - "Almost Home" - "Hey Hey What Can I Do" - "Renaissance Eyes" - "Before The Heartache Rolls In" - "Araby" - "I'm Over You" - "Gravity Of The Situation" - "I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You" - "Dream Baby" - "Driver 8" - "Let Me Be Your Man" - "Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want" - "Use Me"
Hootie & The Blowfish LP Hootie & The Blowfish
Released: March, 2003
Billboard peak: # 46
Tracks: "Deeper Side" - "Little Brother" - "Innocence" - "Space" - "I'll Come Running" - "Tears Fall Down" - "The Rain Song" - "Show Me Your Heart" - "When She's Gone" - "Little Darlin'" - "Woody" - "Go And Tell Her (Soup Song)" - "Alright"
The Best Of Hootie & The Blowfish 1993-2003 The Best Of Hootie & The Blowfish 1993-2003
Released: March, 2004
Billboard peak: # 62
Tracks: "Hold My Hand" - "Only Wanna Be With You" - "Time" - "Let Her Cry" - "Not Even The Trees" - "Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)" - "Hey Hey What Can I Do?" - "Tucker's Town" - "I Go Blind" - "Sad Caper" - "Be The One" - "Use Me" - "I Will Wait" - "Innocence" - "Space" - "Only Lonely" - "The Goodbye Girl"
Hootie & The Blowfish - Looking For Lucky Looking For Lucky
Released: August, 2005
Billboard peak: # 47
Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "State Your Peace" - "Hey Sister Pretty" - "The Killing Stone" - "Get Out Of My Mind" - "Another Year's Gone By" - "Can I See You" - "A Smile" - "One Love" - "Leaving" - "Autumn Jones" - "Free To Everyone" - "Waltz Into Me"
Hootie & The Blowfish - Live In Charleston Live In Charleston
Released: August, 2006
Live Tracks: "State Your Peace" - "Time" - "Space" - "Hannah Jane" - "Hey Sister Pretty" - "Running From An Angel" - "One Love" - "Look Away" - "Leaving" - "I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You" - "Desert Mountain Showdown" - "Let Her Cry" - "I Go Blind" - "Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)" - "Drowning" - "Get Out Of My Mind" - "Hold My Hand" - "Go And Tell Him (Soup Song)" - "Killing Stone" - "Only Wanna Be With You"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Hootie & The Blowfish - "Hold My Hand" (Single)Hold My Hand
Cracked Rear View
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2 Time
Cracked Rear View
4 21 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Let Her Cry
Cracked Rear View
3 17 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 Hootie & The Blowfish - "Only Wanna Be With You" (Single)Only Wanna Be With You
Cracked Rear View
2 16 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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5 Old Man & Me (When I Get To Heaven)
Fairweather Johnson
4 12 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 I Will Wait
Musical Chairs
6 13 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Tucker's Town
Fairweather Johnson
7 10 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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8 Sad Caper
Fairweather Johnson
15 10 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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9 I Go Blind
Scattered Smothered & Covered
13 11 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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10 Only Lonely
Musical Chairs
18 8 1999 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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11 Use Me
Scattered Smothered & Covered
32 3 2001 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Innocence
Hootie & The Blowfish
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  One Love
Looking For Lucky
** ** 2005 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Get Out Of My Mind
Looking For Lucky
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