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Hump Day History: Dave Matthews

At last it is here! Hump Day History. I promised you a weekly installment of history from the band and its members. I will wait no longer. Each Wednesday (hopefully) I will write a new post about some aspet of the history of the band. I will do my best to keep it in chronological order, but I feel like jumping around will keep up with the randomness/fun level/interest level of the segment.

As always… feedback is strongly encouraged. I want to know if you like history, if you want more, less, etc. Without further adieu… here is the first installment of “Hump Day History.”

Dave Matthews. Heard of him? He just founded the Dave Matthews Band, that’s all. Today’s history lesson will be about the early days of Dave’s life.


Rolling Stone Cover


While I have read numerous articles and books about the history of Dave and his band, I will use three great resources for these segments. Here’s the long story, short version of the first 19 years of Dave’s life, as paraphrased from the Dave Matthews Band official website.

Dave was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 9th, 1967. He moved to New York two years later when his dad took a job for IBM. His family moved to Cambridge in the early 70’s, but didn’t stay there long. They moved back to NYC shortly after that, and Dave’s father (John) passed away in 1977 (this is an inspiration for quite a bit of songs, for the record). His family moved back to South Africa in 1980, but Dave only stayed there for six years. He moved to the now-DMB-mecca, Charlottesville, Virginia in 1986 (that’s where his parents lived before he was born, for the record).

Dave has two sistes, Anne and Jane. Anne was murdered in 1994 by her husband (who then killed himself). Jane is the inspiration for the song “The Song That Jane Likes.”

Dave’s mom, Val, spent time in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, which is a big reason why Dave is so involved in the same concepts and ideas.

There is a lot more history I can get into, but the point of “Hump Day History” is to be short and sweet. Im am going to leave today’s lesson at that. Some of the other topics I could have hit can be expanded upon in other lessons. Also… I plan on keeping these lessons to 350 words or less (actual context, not the banter like what you’re reading right now).

Join me next week for some more “Hump Day History.”