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  • Name: Counting Crows
  • Origin: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Years Active: 1991-Present
  • Label(s): Geffen
  • Genre(s): Folk Rock, Alternative Rock

Biography

Formed in San Francisco from the ashes of popular Bay Area groups Sordid Humor and The Himalayans, Counting Crows opened for Dive for a short period before becoming more popular than the headline act. Their debut album, produced by T Bone Burnett was an unqualified smash, eventually selling over 10 million copies, primarily on the back of two early hit singles, Mr. Jones & Round Here. The follow-up was less of a commercial success, although it was generally considered a more mature effort. Veteran producer Gil Norton worked with them to produce a longer, more conceptual album which eventually spawned the hit single A Long December. A two-disc live CD appeared in 1998, and then the mediocre, David Lowery produced album This Desert Life followed in 1999. After a long break and much touring, the fourth studio album appeared in 2002. Hard Candy was a pop-driven affair which gave the Counting Crows a much-needed hit in the cover version of Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, which appeared as a hidden track at the end of the album. A greatest hits album followed, and was revised soon after to include another radio hit, Accidentally in Love, written for the movie Shrek 2. The song also garnered a Grammy nomination in 2004 for best original song written for a motion picture.

Members

Current members

  • Adam Duritz - Vocals, Piano
  • David Bryson - Guitar
  • Dan Vickrey - Guitar
  • David Immergluck - Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar
  • Charlie Gillingham - Keyboards, Accordion
  • Jim Bogios - Drums
  • Millard Powers - Bass Guitar, Upright Double Bass, Piano, Vocals

Former members

  • Ben Ulrich - Drums (1990-1992)
  • Marty Jones - Bass Guitar (1990-1992)
  • Lydia Holly - Keyboards (1990-1992)
  • Toby Hawkins - Drums (1990-1992)
  • Steve Bowman - Drums (1992-1994)
  • Ben Mize - Drums (1994-2002)
  • Matt Malley - Bass Guitar (1992-2005)

Discography

Studio Albums

Compilations

Live Albums

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