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Hootie & the Blowfish return to Letterman 20 years after breakthrough performance — watch

on May 01, 2015, 8:30am

Earlier this week, David Letterman welcomed back Future Islands, whose awe-inspiring 2014 Late Show performance became a viral sensation. On Thursday night, Letterman played host to another special affair: a rare appearance from Hootie & the Blowfish.

Not unlike Future Islands, the South Carolina roots rockers owe quite a bit of their early success to Letterman. As the story goes, the host and comedian invited Hootie & the Blowfish to the Big Apple back in 1994, after hearing their Cracked Rear View single “Hold My Hand” on the radio. The band’s big TV debut on Letterman’s Late Show was an instant hit, a breakthrough moment which helped turn them into a household name.

More than 20 years after that fateful night, Hootie & the Blowfish returned to thank and bid Letterman farewell in advance of his final episode next month, performing the song that started it all: “Hold My Hand”. Watch the replay below.

Before his final episode on May 20th, Letterman will welcome a bevy of special musical acts, including Tom Waits, David Matthews Band, The Avett Brothers, and Norah Jones.

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