Australian music duo Savage Garden call it quits

By | October 8, 2001 at 12:00 AM

Australian pop music duo Savage Garden, with global sales of 20 million records in four years, have split.

Band member Darren Hayes will embark on a solo career and Daniel Jones, preferring life outside the public eye, has returned home to Brisbane, where the two first met through an advertisement in a local music magazine.

“We achieved something so great in a short period of time that we had to look for something else,” Jones said on Friday.

“We’ve both had a lot of success together. We’ll probably have a lot of success independently in the future.”

Savage Garden’s single “Truly, Madly, Deeply” topped America’s Billboard Hot 100 hits chart in 1998 and won a Billboard Music Award for adult contemporary single of the year.

Last year, their single “I Knew I Loved You” topped the Billboard Hot 100.

The band emerged on the Australian music scene in 1996 and a year later won a record 10 ARIAs, the domestic music industry’s most prestigious award.