Molly Hatchet is a Southern rock band formed in Jacksonville, Florida in 1975 (see 1975 in music), known primarily for their hit song "Flirtin' with Disaster" from the album of the same title. The band, founded by Dave Hlubek and Steve Holland took its name from a legendary Southern prostitute who supposedly mutilated and decapitated her clients.
The original group included vocalist Danny Joe Brown, three guitarists Dave Hlubek, Steve Holland, and Duane Roland, bassist Banner Thomas, and drummer Bruce Crump.
In 1978 the band recorded and released its first album eponymously titled "Molly Hatchet". Then in 1979, "Flirtin' with Disaster" was released.
In 1980 Brown left the group to form The Danny Joe Brown Band (with future Molly Hatchet guitarist Bobby Ingram) and was replaced by vocalist Jimmy Farrar. After the release of "Beatin' the Odds" in 1980 and "Take No Prisoners" in 1981 Farrar left.