Daniel Jones

After being spotted by John Woodruff in 1994 Savage Garden signed to his record label and his publishing company (Roughcut Music). Their debut single "I Want You" was released in Australia in June 1996. It went platinum and became the biggest selling Australian single for 1996, peaking at number 3 on the national AMR charts. Their second release "To The Moon And Back" quickly became a Number 1 single in Australia. Their third single release "Truly Madly Deeply" scaled the Australian charts to reach the number 1 spot where it stayed for eight weeks (concurrently with their debut album). Their self-titled debut album released in March 1997 debuted at number 1 on the national ARIA chart (where it spent 19 weeks). In total, it has spent 36 weeks in the national Top 5. The album finished at the number 1 position on the end of year ARIA charts for 1997.

In the USA "I Want You" scaled the Billboard charts to reach the number 4, and also became a Number 1 hit in countries as diverse as Canada, Turkey and Israel. Their second single "To The Moon And Back" was a Top 30 hit in America and did well all over Europe - going Top 10 and Top 20 in most countries. After receiving staggering radio airplay, "Truly Madly Deeply" debuted at number 25 on the Billboard charts in November 1997. On 8th January the single reached Number 1 where it stayed for 2 weeks making Savage Garden the first Australian act in over 10 years to achieve a number 1 single in America. "Truly Madly Deeply" is also, one of only four singles by Australian based artists to reach the Number 1 slot (the others being Men At Work with ‘Who Can It Be Now' and ‘Down Under', and, of course, INXS - “Need You Tonight”.

In 1997 at the 11th Annual ARIA Awards they took out a massive 10 ARIAs, Best Album - Savage Garden, Best Single - "Truly Madly Deeply", Best Group, Best Debut Album - Savage Garden, Best Independent Release - Savage Garden, Best Pop Release - "To The Moon And Back", Highest Selling Single - "Truly Madly Deeply", Song Of The Year - "To The Moon And Back". 1998 saw the group take 2 ARIAs, this time for Outstanding Achievement and Highest Selling Australian Album "Savage Garden". While in the US, the US Billboard Music Awards saw fit to award the lads Adult Contemporary Single Of The Year - "Truly Madly Deeply” and Hot 100 Singles Airplay Of The Year - "Truly Madly Deeply" after "Truly Madly Deeply" reached #1 on the US Billboard Chart. The single went on to become the only one-sided single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart to spend a full year in the top 30. In 1999 the band took out the award for Best Pop Release - "The Animal Song" at 13th Annual ARIA Awards. Their second album Affirmation was certified as the 4th best selling album of the year in Australia, despite only being out for eight weeks!

At the 2000 APRA Awards they received 3 awards - Song Writer Of The Year, Most Performed Australian Work (local) - "The Animal Song" and Most Performed Australian Work Overseas - "Truly Madly Deeply".

Also in 2000 "I Knew I Loved You" reached #1 on the US Billboard Chart making Savage Garden only the second Australian-based band to have two #1 singles in the US. "Truly Madly Deeply" broke the record on the Monitor/Billboard Adult Contemporary Airplay Chart, for staying in the chart for 106 weeks - longer than any single by any artist or group in the history of the chart. In 2000 their album sales surpassed 17 million - 11 million copies worldwide of their debut self titled album, and 6 million copies of their second album Affirmation. The Affirmation album stayed in the Top 10 on the National ARIA Chart for a total of 45 weeks.

In 2001 Savage Garden received ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers) Award. "I Knew I Loved You"- Song of the Year (Most played song on US radio for 2000)- it was the first time for an Australian act. They also received an APRA Award for "I Knew I Loved You" - Most Performed Australian Work Overseas. Savage Garden disbanded in 2001. Their record sales throughout the world reached 20 million. In 2002 at the APRAs they took out Most Performed Australian Work - “Hold Me” and Most Performed Australian Work Overseas - “Crash and Burn”.

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