Frontman Darius Rucker told The Boot
that this was the first Hootie song he heard being played on the radio. He recalled: "The first time I heard a Hootie song, Dean Felber - our bass player for Hootie - and I were driving in his car and 'Hold My Hand' came on the radio - first time we had heard it on the radio. We were in Columbia, S.C. It came on the radio, and we were listening to it and about halfway through the song, he reached over and he turned it [up], and we just started giggling.
That was in early 1994. My heart raced. For me, it was a moment where I thought, 'Wow! This is radio... not just some college
radio, we're on pop
radio!' We had been playing for nine years! It thought this might really be starting to happen. I thought we might be played on the radio. I didn't think we'd get played on the radio like we eventually did. That was a great day! You never forget the first time you hear your first song on the radio - that's hard to forget."