Hooterswas formed in 1980 and performed their first show on July 4, 1980. The group got their band name from the nickname of the melodica, which is a type of keyboard harmonica. The band played in Philadelphia nightclubs and also received airplay on WMMR radio. They appeared in high schools and clubs along the east coast, and on local television shows and received attention that way. The group released their first album in 1983. The album was called, Amor, and the album sold over 100 thousand copies. The members of the group, Bazilian and Hyman were asked to write, arrange, and play on the debut album for the Cyndi Lauper. The song, Time After Time was co-written by Lyman, and the song hit number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart and was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Song of the Year. Hooters got their big break when they signed with Columbia Records for their first major recording contract. They released their debut album, Nervous Night, in 1985, and the album went platinum around the world. It sold over 2 million copies and from it came 3 Billboard Top 40 hits. They were, Day By Day (hit number 18), And We Danced ( reached number 21), and Where Do the Children Go (number 38 on the chart). The group was named the Best New Band of the Year by Rolling Stone Magazine. They also released an award winning music video in 1985 for Nervous Night.
In July, 1985, Hooters performed the opening act for the Philadelphia Live Aid benefit concert and later that same year they went on an overseas tour and performed throughout Australia. The group continued to perform and in the 1990's they began to fade somewhat in the United States. Their popularity overseas continued to grow, especially in Europe. In 1993 they released their debut album with MCA Records which was called, Out of Body. The album was successful in Europe but not in the U. S..
Hooters released a live album, recorded in Germany in 1993. It was released in Europe and Asia in 1994, but was never released in the U. S. The group continued to tour in Europe until 1995 then took a break as a band. They went on to pursue solo projects for the next several years. In 2003 they got together to perform at the Wachovia Spectrum in Philadelphia for one show to celebrate disc jockey, Pierre Robertís 20th Anniversary at the radio station, WMMR, which was the first one to play the Hooters music in the 1980's.
The group reunited in 2003, in Germany and went on a 17 city tour. They were so successful with this that they went on two more tours in 2004, and 2005. They were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Music Awards, in 2004. The group has released 8 albums, 9 singles, and 2 music videos to date.
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