Happy Birthday Darius Rucker: Relive the Country Star’s Memorable Moments

by Keeli Parkey

Happy birthday, Darius Rucker!

The former frontman of the popular 90s band Hootie & the Blowfish turned 55 years old today (Thursday, May 13, 2021). As his fans already know, the charismatic singer transitioned from his career as one of “The Blowfish” to one focused on country music.

His birthday is a perfect time to take a look at Darius Rucker’s career in music. According to Biography.com, the future star was born in Charleston, South Carolina. He attended Middleton High School, then went on to the University of South Carolina.

He did not have an easy life growing up in that southern state. His family struggled financially. And many of them – including his aunts, grandmother, and 14 children – lived together in just a three-bedroom apartment.

Fortunately for Darius Rucker, his family loved music and it played (no pun intended) a major role in their lives. Rucker was also exposed to music at school and thanks to his church. These influences led him to want to study music as part of his collegiate education at the University of South Carolina.

Darius Rucker Formed ‘Hootie & the Blowfish’ While Studying at the University of South Carolina

It was while he was a student at the University of South Carolina that Darius Rucker helped form the band that would make him famous. That band was Hootie & the Blowfish. Interestingly, the name of what would become a very popular 90s band was inspired by two people Rucker knew at the University of South Carolina.

One of those classmates had a very round face. So, he was “Blowfish.” The other classmate wore glasses which made him look similar to an owl. This friend was “Hootie.” The band made its rounds amongst college fans before finally making it big in 1994. What propelled them onto the world stage was their album “Cracked Rear View.”

Rucker Began Focusing on Solo Career Around 2000

Darius Rucker and Hootie & the Blowfish enjoyed several years of success before the frontman decided to pursue a solo country music career.

The year was 1998. Hootie & the Blowfish released their “Musical Chairs’ album. It was after that album release that Rucker decided to focus himself on a solo career. It took a few years for him to release his solo album. But, it eventually came out during 2002. The album was titled “Back to Then.”

Darius Rucker’s solo career began to pick up steam in the following years. By 2009, he had a song to top the country music charts. And, one of his albums was certified platinum. That same year he was nominated for not one, but two Country Music Association awards.

In the following years, Darius Rucker has continued to make a name for himself in country music. Here’s to many more years of success to a great frontman and country music star!

You can listen to Darius Rucker sing his song “My Masterpiece” below.