Hootie to Perform at the 1998 Summer of Goodwill Kickoff
Multi-platinum recording group Hootie & The Blowfish will be the featured performers at the 1998 Summer of Goodwill kickoff to be held at New York City's Rockefeller Center on Thursday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m. The quartet - which records for Atlantic Records, a division of Time Warner's Music Group - will join Jerry Levin, Ted Turner, and Dick Parsons in launching the year-long countdown to next summer's festivities in New York, which will culminate with the 1998 Goodwill Games.
As huge sports fans as well as supporters of a number of charitable programs, Hootie & The Blowfish embody the spirit which is the driving force behind the 1998 Summer of Goodwill. From their appearance at Farm Aid, to their involvement with the Special Olympics, to their own annual benefit golf tournament, to their support of such causes as the Carolina's Children's Home and Habitat for Humanity, the band's rhilanthropy sets them apart. In 1996, the group headlined a special USO concert in Hungary for US armed forces serving as part of the NATO peace-keeping mission in the former Yugoslavia.
Atlantic Group Co-Chairman/Co-CEO Val Azzoli commented: "It is a great moment when the corporate and artistic worlds can join hands in a shared effort on behalf of those less fortunate. The upcoming Summer of Goodwill in 1998 represents just such a golden opportunity, bringing together sports, culture, entertainment to benefit children around the world. We at Atlantic are very proud that so many of our artists and employees alike are actively involved in an array of socially responsible endeavors, and Hootie & The Blowfish have set a wonderful example through their generous support of an array of worthy causes. On behalf of Time Warner, Warner Music Group, and The Atlantic Group, I would like to thank the band for taking the time to help us kick off what promises to be one of the most exciting and rewarding events of the decade."
Hootie & The Blowfish's Jim "Soni" Sonefeld noted: "It is a true honor for us to be invited to be a part of this kickoff event for next year's Summer of Goodwill in New York. For all of us in the band, supporting the Goodwill Games not only reflects our passion for sports, but gives us a great opportunity to call attention to the two great charities which the games will benefit -- UNICEF- International and the Boys & Girls Clubs Of America. We've been very fortunate to have enjoyed such great success over the past few years, and we feel it is important to do whatever we can to give something back, particularly when it helps children."
One of the most popular musical groups to emerge in the '90's, Hootie & The Blowfish have released two-best selling albums on Atlantic Records. "Cracked Rear View" and "Fair Weather Johnson." Their enthusiasm for sports was reflected in the music video for their hit song, "Only Wanna Be With You," which featured Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and other sports stars from the worlds of football, basketball and golf. Hootie & The Blowfish lead singer Darius Rucker sang the National Anthem at Game One of the 1995 World Series between the Cleveland Indians and Time Warner's Atlanta Braves. Just prior to the opening of the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, the group played a special show for the athletes.
Please join Jerry Levin, Ted Turner, Dick Parsons, Master of Ceremonies Larry King, music legend Quincy Jones, The Boys Choir of Harlem, Looney Tunes and Hanna Barbera characters and many surprises to kick off the 1998 Summer of Goodwill.