Hootie & the Blowfish
With the release of 1994's Cracked Rear View, which yielded the popular singles “Hold My Hand,” “Let Her Cry,” and “Only Want To Be With You,” Hootie & the Blowfish became a household name. The band (named for two of lead singer Darius Rucker's friends) followed this success with Fairweather Johnson (1996). More complicated than the easy going Cracked Rear View, Fairweather Johnson was considered something of a commercial failure. Although it achieved triple platinum status, it failed to come close to the more than 14 million sales that the band's initial release had. In 1998 Hootie released Musical Chairs.
Darius Ruckerlead vocalist
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan
Birthplace: Bethesda, Maryland