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MEMBERS: Darren Hayes ~ Daniel Jones
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BIRTHDAYS: Darren Hayes (May 8, 1972) ~ Daniel Jones (July 22, 1973)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "I Knew I Loved You" (1999)
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BIGGEST LP: Savage Garden (1997)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0
button.gif (123 bytes) "Imagine doing something that you love and having it take you all over the world." - Darren Hayes, Savage Garden, 1997

 
TIMELINE

Savage Gardenbutton.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden is a two-man band hailing from Brisbane, Australia. Darren Hayes and Daniel Jones have already conquered their homeland with their music, and in 1997, the duo found success all over the world with their #1 hit, "I Want You." While many Americans may have mistaken their sound with the likes of Roxette, Duran Duran or just another British-techno-import with no face, the U.S. began to recognize Savage Garden in 1997 as a talented Euro-pop Australian duo prepared to save pop radio from the likes of Hanson or the Spice Girls. Daniel and Darren met when Daniel placed an ad in a newspaper looking for a singer - for which Darren answered. The two musicians played music together with other bands in Australia when they decided to break off on their own (yet, together) in 1994. The duo focused on songwriting and creating a demo, and named themselves Savage Garden from one of Anne Rice's novels (of which Darren is a fan). Darren Hayes (born May 8, 1972 in Brisbane, Australia) provides the lead vocals for the duo. Daniel Jone's (born July 22, 1973 in Essex, England) main contribution to the band is his talent for programming and arranging the music, keyboard playing, additional guitar and backing vocals.

1996...

button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden first found success in Australia with their hits "I Want You" and "To The Moon And Back" from their debut LP, Savage Garden. "I Want You" became the biggest selling single in Australia for the year. The song also hit #1 (on The ARC Weekly Top 40) and hit the top spot in Canada, Israel, and Turkey. Their second single "To The Moon And Back" went to #1 in Australia and was also a world-wide hit. Savage Garden's third single "Truly Madly Deeply" also hit #1 in Australia where it spent 8 weeks on top, and became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. at the end of 1997. Their LP, Savage Garden, spent 19 weeks at #1 in Australia.

1997... # 4 Singles Artist of the Year

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 with "
I Want You" and the Top 10 by the end of the month.

April
Savage Garden - Savage Garden LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden was released in the U.S. and the single "I Want You" was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit
#1 with "I Want You" for 2 weeks.

May
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I Want You" gained a great deal of additional exposure in the U.S. when Rosie O'Donnell started playing snippets from the track on her talk show. Savage Garden appeared on the show and sang an acoustic version of "I Want You." The appearance introduced the band to a larger American audience and showed that the duo was not just another one-hit wonder, but actually displayed some talent and personality.

June
Savage Garden - "I Want You" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden was certified gold.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 with "
To The Moon And Back."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the
Top 10 with "To The Moon And Back."
button.gif (123 bytes) The duo won 8 ARIA Awards including Best Album, Best Debut Album, and Best Independent Release (
Savage Garden), Best Pop Release and Highest Selling Single ("To The Moon And Back"), Band Single of the Year and Song of the Year ("Truly Madly Deeply"), and Best Group.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 with "
Truly Madly Deeply."

December
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Savage Garden was certified platinum and the single "Truly Madly Deeply" was certified gold. Savage Garden hit the Top 10 with "Truly Madly Deeply."

1998... # 26 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Savage Garden
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden had their first #1 on Billboard with "Truly Madly Deeply" (which had the unenviable distinction of knocking Elton John's "Candle In The Wind 1997" off the top) - and the song hit #1 on The ARC Weekly Top 40 by the end of the month.

February
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Savage Garden was certified 2x platinum.

March
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Savage Garden was certified 3x platinum.

April
Savage Garden - "Truly Madly Deeper" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) "Truly Madly Deeply" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Airplay chart for 5 weeks and the Adult Contemporary chart for 11 weeks.

May
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Savage Garden was certified 4x platinum.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 for a 2nd time with "
To The Moon And Back."

November
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Savage Garden was certified 5x platinum.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden's LP was the 9th biggest-selling LP in 1998 with 3.2 million copies sold in the U.S. The duo won 2 Billboard Music Awards for Top Hot 100 Airplay Single and Top Adult Contemporary Single ("
Truly Madly Deeply"), and a World Music Award for Best-Selling Australian Artist/Group.
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden were nominated for a Brit Award for Best International Newcomer and a European Music Award for Best Song ("
Truly Madly Deeply").
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Pop Artist - Duo/Group (singles & albums), and with the Top Hot 100 Airplay Track and Top Hot Adult Contemporary Track ("Truly Madly Deeply").

1999... # 31 Singles Artist of the Year

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 with "
The Animal Song."

April
Savage Garden - "I Knew I Loved You" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 10 with the hit "The Animal Song" from the film The Other Sister.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden were nominated for 2 Australian Music Industry Awards (ARIAs) for Best Pop Release (which they won) and Highest Selling Australian Single ("
The Animal Song").

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 with "I Knew I Loved You."

November
Savage Garden - Affirmationbutton.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden's next LP, Affirmation, was released.
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 10 with "I Knew I Loved You."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Affirmation was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) "I Knew I Loved You" hit #1 and topped the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart for 17 weeks.

2000... # 29 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "I Knew I Loved You" was certified gold and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden was certified 6x platinum and Affirmation was certified 2x platinum.

April
Savage Garden - "Crash & Burn" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 with "Crash & Burn."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden appeared on the weekend version of the Today Show concert series.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden began a North American tour for the summer.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden was certified 7x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "I Knew I Loved You" was nominated for a Billboard Music Video Award for Best Jazz/Adult Contemporary Clip of the Year.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden hit the Top 40 with "Affirmation."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden won a Billboard Music Video Award for Best Jazz/Adult Contemporary Clip of the Year ("I Knew I Loved You").

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden topped the Billboard Year-End Charts as the Top Hot Adult Contemporary Artist and Top Hot Adult Contemporary Track ("I Knew I Loved You").

2001...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden were nominated for a Brit Award for Best International Group.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden were nominated for a Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Group - Pop.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Affirmation was certified 3x platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Hayes could be heard on the All-Star Tribute benefit single "
What's Going On" (with proceeds going to AIDS and 9/11 charities).

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden officially split up after Hayes confirmed the decision to a journalist. Apparently, Jones was unaware of the decision until hearing the media report himself. Hayes was promoting his upcoming solo LP, Spin.

2002... Darren Hayes: # 79 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Darren Hayes - Spinbutton.gif (123 bytes) Hayes hit the Top 40 solo with "Insatiable."

March
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Spin.

2004...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Hayes could be heard on the soundtrack for
Ella Enchanted on the track "Strange Magic."
(available for download at
mp3 Available at Amazon.com)

September
Darren Hayes - The Tension And The Spark (Import)button.gif (123 bytes) Hayes released The Tension And The Spark overseas with the club hit "Pop!Ular."

button.gif (123 bytes) Savage Garden came in at # 120 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005..

March
Savage Garden - Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden (Import)button.gif (123 bytes) Hayes topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play chart with "Pop!Ular."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The hits package
Truly Madly Completely: The Best Of Savage Garden was released overseas.

2006..

June
Darren Hayes - This Delicate Thing We've Madebutton.gif (123 bytes) Hayes married his partner in a civil ceremony in London.

2007...

August
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LPs
Savage Garden
Savage Garden - Savage Garden LP Savage Garden
Released: April, 1997
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 3
Tracks: "To The Moon And Back" - "I Want You" - "Truly Madly Deeply" - "Tears Of Pearls" - "Universe" - "Carry On Dancing" - "Violet" - "Break Me Shake Me" - "Thousand Words" - "Promises" - "Santa Monica"
Savage Garden - Affirmation Affirmation
Released: November, 1999
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 6
Rolling Stone review: 2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Affirmation" - "Hold Me" - "I Knew I Loved You" - "The Best Thing" - "Crash & Burn" - "Chained To You" - "The Animal Song" - "The Lover After Me" - "Two Beds And A Coffee Machine" - "You Can Still Be Free" - "Gunning Down Romance" - "I Don't Know You Anymore"
Darren Hayes
Darren Hayes - Spin Spin
Released: March, 2002
Billboard peak: # 35
Tracks: "Strange Relationship" - "Insatiable" - "Heart Attack" - "I Miss You" - "Creepin' Up On You" - "Dirty" - "Crush (1980 ME)" - "Good Enough" - "I Can't Ever Get Enough Of You" - "Like It Or Not" - "What You Like" - "Spin"
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