COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) – The University of South Carolina received a collection of Hootie and Blowfish memorabilia on Friday.
The collection was donated to the UofSC by a fan, Rick Noble, and includes everything from CDs and ticket stubs to record store banners and t-shirts he’s been collecting since 1993.
“They just started giving me T-shirts and other merchandise,” Noble says. “And I just went from there. It was a treasure hunt. »
Noble decided to donate his collection to the alma mater of the four band members, Darius Rucker, Mark Bryan, Dean Felber and Jim “Soni” Sonefeld who met and formed the band at UofSC in 1986.
“The support of fans like Rick Noble over the past 30 years is what made the dreams we had as students in South Carolina come true on stages around the world,” said lead singer Darius. Rucker. “It’s such a special and wrapped up moment to see his collection return to the UofSC library and we couldn’t be more grateful to him for supporting both our group and our university.”
Rucker returned to the UofSC in April after the Gamecock women’s basketball team won the NCAA National Championship title.
“The story of Hootie and Blowfish is forever tied to the University of South Carolina – it’s one of the exciting pieces of our modern history,” Acting President Harris Pastides said. “Rick’s collection will help capture this history and preserve it for future generations. We are very grateful for his foresight, dedication, and generosity in sharing a gift that increases the stature of the university library music collections.
Highlights from the collection include:
- Autographed guitar
- Atlantic Records promotional book One Fish Two Hootie Fish and Puffer Fish
- Autographed drum head
- Hootie and the Blowfish Candle
- Monday after the Master programs
- Hootie Golf Balls
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