Behind the video of ‘Hold My Hand’

Columbia - The StateJuly 1, 2014 

Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Cracked Rear View” was released 20 years ago this week. It could be argued the album’s rocket ride to becoming one of the best-selling of all time began with two events: The band’s appearance on David Letterman’s show, and the release of the video for the song “Hold My Hand.”

That video also showcased the band’s hometown. The bulk of the video was filmed at an old farmhouse north of town, according to Mike Miller’s book “Hootie!: How The Blowfish Put Pop Back Into Pop Rock.”

More recognizable Columbia features include the Five Points railroad trestle on Blossom Street and the old water tower in the 1200 block of Whaley Street and a man reading The State newspaper.

Miller said he was offered the role of the guy reading the newspaper, but turned it down as a conflict of interest for a reporter at the newspaper covering the band at that time.

Joey Holleman


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