Rob Hyman

Biography

After starting piano lessons at age 4 and playing in garage bands during his early teens in Meriden, Connecticut, Rob moved to Philadelphia in the 70's to attend college at the University of Pennsylvania. It was here that he met Eric Bazilian and Rick Chertoff, who would become his close friends and musical soul mates starting with a band called Wax. Since then, Rob has become known worldwide as a successful songwriter, musician, arranger and producer.

Rob and Eric co-founded The Hooters in 1980, extensively touring the Philadelphia area's clubs and colleges. The Hooters began their rise to fame with an independent album release titled "Amore" that sold over 100,000 copies. This led to their debut major label release "Nervous Night" on Columbia in 1985. This album sold in excess of 2 million copies and included Billboard Top 40 hits such as "Day By Day" (#18), "And We Danced" (#21) and "Where Do The Children Go" (#38).

The Hooters had continued success with 5 more albums including "Hooterization - A Retrospective" Greatest Hits album and "The Hooters - Live". The Hooters' albums attained Platinum and Gold status in the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, Norway and Sweden and toured all over the world through 1995. Highlights of Rob's career with The Hooters include the Live-Aid Concert 1985 in Philadelphia, Amnesty International Concert at Giants Stadium 1986, the Tokyo Dome 1987 and Roger Waters' extravaganza at The Wall in Berlin 1990.

"Time After Time", co-written and sung with Cyndi Lauper, earned Rob a Grammy nomination for Song Of The Year in 1984, and reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. "Time After Time" has been covered by over 50 artists including Miles Davis, Willie Nelson, Matchbox 20, Everything But The Girl and Cassandra Wilson.

The Hooters reunited in 2001 and once again embarked on very successful headlining European annual summer tours starting in in 2003. The band is one of the most vital parts of Rob's musical life and continues to provide inspiration and productive opportunites to work with his long-term bandmates. Following several years of writing and recording, Rob and Eric produced "Time Stand Still" (2007) the first new studio album from The Hooters since 1993. The band played at venues in Europe and the U.S. throughout 2007 and 2008 and released the two-CD album "Both Sides Live" in late 2008, the first live album released by The Hooters in the U.S.

Testimonials

I‘ve been playing HOHNER Accordions for over 20 years with my band, the Hooters, and I‘ve become a very satisfied collector and player of these quality instruments.
It all started with a „Junior“ model, a Starlet 48, which still plays very well, after hundreds of shows and thousands of miles, performing internationally.
The instruments stay in excellent tune, hold up to the rigors of the road, and also record beautifully.
For me, Have HOHNER, Will Travel!

Well, I don't think any band could be more connected or inspired by the HOHNER Melodica than the Hooters. It all started when my musical partner Eric Bazilian and I were putting the band together in 1980. A friend of his had loaned him a melodica (Hohner model Piano-36), which I immediately borrowed and probably never returned!
The other wonderful part of our HOHNER Melodica connection is our name, of course. We were recording our very first demo when our engineer  was setting his recording levels, and asked me to play the "hooter" thing. I didn't even realize he was describing the Melodica! So we all had a good laugh, and the "nickname" for the instrument stuck with us, as well as becoming a visual trademark on all of our early posters, T-shirts, buttons and albums. When we needed a name for the band, well it was pretty obvious. The Hooters were born, literally, from our name for the melodica, which is still how we refer to the instrument.
The HOHNER Hooter!  It was meant to be....a great inspiration and a great musical friend for over 30 years. Long live the Hooter!

Band

The Hooters