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MEMBERS: Adam Duritz ~ David Bryson ~ Charles Gillingham ~ Matt Malley ~ Ben Mize ~ Dan Vickery
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BIRTHDAYS: Adam Duritz (August 1, 1965) ~ David Bryson (November 5, 1961) ~ Charles Gillingham (January 12, 1960) ~ Matt Malley (July 4, 1963) ~ Ben Mize (February 2, 1971)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "Mr. Jones" (1994)
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BIGGEST LP: August And Everything After (1993)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Counting Crowsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows hail from the San Francisco Bay area and consist of Adam Duritz (vocals), David Bryson (guitar), Charles Gillingham (keyboards), Matt Malley (bass), Ben Mize (drums), and Dan Vickery. The group started to form in 1989 and hit it big with their debut LP in 1994 on alternative, rock and pop radio, spawned by the infectious hit, "Mr. Jones." Typically with most "overnight success" stories, the Crows have had their share of criticisms as well. But unlike other bands in similar situations (i.e. Hootie & The Blowfish), the Crows were more reluctant to over-saturate the airwaves with singles or TV appearances.

1989...

button.gif (123 bytes) The creation of the Counting Crows began when Duritz and Bryson met in San Francisco and started playing acoustic shows in local coffeehouses and small clubs, and writing songs together. They duo called themselves "Sordid Humor."

1991...

button.gif (123 bytes) Other band members were added (Malley, Gillingham, and Steve Bowman) and the band was formed and named after an old English rhyme. The band became favorites in the bay area and soon several record labels were interested in them.

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows eventually landed a record contract with Geffen Records subsidiary, DGC Records and recorded a demo.

1993...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows first became noticed as a replacement performance at the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies (replacing Van Morrison to sing"Caravan").

September
Counting Crows - August And Everything Afterbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows' debut LP, August And Everything After, was released, but didn't take off until the following year. The LP was considered dark and moody with striking lyrics and expressive vocals and was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as "one of the best rock releases of the year."

November
button.gif (123 bytes) The first track heard on radio and seen on video channels, "Mr. Jones" introduced the group to the country. The LP was praised for its contemplative lyrics and soulful rock sound of Duritz. Eventually, the LP found commercial success and spawned the additional radio tracks, "Round Here" and "Rain King."

1994... # 6 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows appeared on Saturday Night Live.
button.gif (123 bytes) August And Everything After was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "Mr. Jones."

March
button.gif (123 bytes) August And Everything After was certified platinum.
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The Counting Crows hit the Top 10 with "Mr. Jones."

April
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The Counting Crows hit #1 for a week with "Mr. Jones."

DGC Rarities Volume 1button.gif (123 bytes) August And Everything After became one of the biggest sellers of the year, hitting the Top 10, and continued to sell well into 1995, eventually selling over 7 million copies in the U.S.
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The band toured with Cracker, and soon became the spotlight of the tour. Eventually, the band found themselves opening for some of the Rolling Stones dates.
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Another track by the Crows that made it to the radio was "Einstein On The Beach" from a compilation LP, DGC Rarities Volume 1.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) August And Everything After was certified 2x platinum.

June
Counting Crowsbutton.gif (123 bytes) After the success of their debut LP, Counting Crows was lost their drummer, Steve Bowman, who went on to form Third Eye Blind. Bowman was replaced with . Ben Mize, formerly of Cracker. Dan Vickery (guitarist) also joined the group's line-up.
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One of the Counting Crows biggest fans and supporters has been David Letterman. When the band appeared on his show, Dave introduced the band with high praise: "Our next guests are one of the best new bands around and this is their debut album here. It's entitled August And Everything After telling you something, if you don't . And I'm have a copy of this, there's something wrong with you."

June
Counting Crows - "Round Here" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "Round Here."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) August And Everything After was certified 3x platinum.
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Top 10 with "Round Here."
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows topped the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart for a week with "Einstein On The Beach."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows won a MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist ("Mr. Jones").

October
button.gif (123 bytes) August And Everything After was certified 4x platinum.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "Rain King."
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August And Everything After was certified 5x platinum.

1995... # 136 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows won an American Music Award for Favorite Alternative Band and were nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist.

March
Clueless soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows were nominated for 2 Grammy Awards for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("Round Here") and Best New Artist.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The band could be heard on the Clueless soundtrack covering the Psychedelic Furs' song, "The Ghost In You."

1996... # 91 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) August And Everything After was certified 6x platinum.

October
Counting Crows - Recovering The Satellitesbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crow's second LP, Recovering The Satellites was released and debuted at #1. Track such as "Angels Of The Silences" and the Top 10, "A Long December" continued the band's popularity on radio and video channels. The LP continued the Crow's ability to create moody rock ballads and catchy alternative tracks. Like their debut LP, Recovering The Satellites continued Durtiz's introspective songwriting and now focused more on the pros and cons of fame.
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August And Everything After was certified 7x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "
Angels Of The Silences."
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Recovering The Satellites topped the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for a week.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Recovering The Satellites was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "
A Long December."

1997... # 29 Singles Artist of the Year

February
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 10 with "A Long December."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Recovering The Satellites was certified 2x platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) The band hit the Top 40 with "
Daylight Fading."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows performed for VH1's Storytellers.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows were nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Group Video ("A Long December").

November
button.gif (123 bytes) The band performed live for MTV's Live From The 10 Spot.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows found some problems during touring when Duritz was ordered by doctors to take 4 days off from singing due to throat problems. The fear was that any straining of his vocal chord nodes could result in permanent damage. The band missed a few appearances on their tour with
The Wallflowers but were soon back into the action.

1998...

June
Counting Crows - Across A Wire - Live In New Yorkbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows released a 2-CD set, Across A Wire - Live In New York featuring 21 live tracks from Live At The 10 Spot (recorded for MTV on November 6, 1997 at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York) and Storytellers (recorded for VH1 on August 12, 1997 at Chelsea Studios in New York).
button.gif (123 bytes) Duritz talked with SonicNet about work on their next LP: "I play a ton of xylophone on this album. It's really good for figuring out pure melody lines. I don't know whether they'll end up as xylophone parts... they might be on some other instrument, but I keep hearing them in my head as xylophone parts, and then I lay them down as xylophone tracks."

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Across A Wire - Live In New York was certified gold.

1999... # 100 Singles Artist of the Year

March
Cruel Intentions soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) A track by the Counting Crows, "Colorblind," could be found on the soundtrack for Cruel Intentions.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows performed at Woodstock '99 in New York and performed 4 dates in Canada.
button.gif (123 bytes) The band spent most of the year in the studio recording a new LP, This Desert Life. Duritz told SonicNet: "We made this album without writing any songs before we started. That really freed up the sound a bit because we didn't have any preconceptions, and I think that worked really well. Nobody had any rules about what they could do."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) The band took part in NetAid.

November
Counting Crows - This Desert Lifebutton.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "Hanginaround."
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This Desert Life was released.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) This Desert Life was certified gold.

2000... # 118 Singles Artist of the Year

January
Counting Crows - "Hanginaround" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 10 with "Hanginaround."
button.gif (123 bytes) This Desert Life was certified platinum.

2002... # 146 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Counting Crows - Hard Candybutton.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows released Hard Candy.
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The Who.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "
American Girl."
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Hard Candy topped the Billboard Internet Album Sales chart.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Hard Candy was certified gold.

2003... # 82 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton - "Big Yellow Taxi" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with Vanessa Carlton on their cover of Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi" used in the film Two Weeks Notice.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows began a co-headlined tour with John Mayer.

November
Counting Crows - Films About Ghosts - The Best Of...button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows released Films About Ghosts - The Best Of....

2004... # 84 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Films About Ghosts - The Best Of... was certified gold.

May
Counting Crows - "Accidentally In Love" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows could be heard on the soundtrack for Shrek 2 with "Accidentally In Love."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows hit the Top 40 with "Accidentally In Love."

October
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Big Yellow Taxi" was certified gold.

button.gif (123 bytes) # 109 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows were nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Original Song ("Accidentally In Love").
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Accidentally In Love" was certified gold.

February
Counting Crows - New Amsterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hallbutton.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media (awarded to the songwriter) ("Accidentally In Love").
button.gif (123 bytes) The Counting Crows were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Accidentally In Love").
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Accidentally In Love" was certified platinum.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Across A Wire - Live In New York was certified platinum.

2006..

June
Counting Crows - Saturday Nights And Sunday Morningsbutton.gif (123 bytes) New Amsterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall was released - a live set from 2003.

2007..

December
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Mr. Jones" at # 27.

2008..

March
Counting Crows - 'August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall'button.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows released Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows topped the Billboard Top Digital Albums chart with
Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings.

2011...

August
Counting Crows - 'Underwater Sunshine'button.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows released August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall.

2012....

April
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Underwater Sunshine.

2013....

November
Counting Crows - 'Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow'button.gif (123 bytes) Counting Crows released Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow.








LPs
Counting Crows - August And Everything After
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August And Everything After
Released: September, 1993
US: 7x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 4
Tracks: "Round Here" - "Omaha" - "Mr. Jones" - "Perfect Blue Buildings" - "Anna Begins" - "Time And Time Again" - "Rain King" - "Sullivan Street" - "Ghost Train" - "Raining In Baltimore" - "A Murder Of One"
Counting Crows - Recovering The Satellites
Available for download at iTunes
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Recovering The Satellites
Released: October, 1996
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Catapult" - "Angels Of The Silences" - "Daylight Fading" - "I'm Not Sleeping" - "Goodnight Elisabeth" - "Children In Bloom" - "Have You Seen Me Lately?" - "Miller's Angels" - "Another Horsedreamer's Blues" - "Recovering The Satellites" - "Monkey" - "Mercury" - "A Long December" - "Walkaways"
Counting Crows - Across A Wire - Live In New York
Available for download at iTunes
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Across A Wire - Live In New York
Released: July, 1998
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 19
Rolling Stone review: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Live Tracks: "Round Here" - "Have You Seen Me Lately?" - "Angels Of The Silences" - "Catapult" - "Mr. Jones" - "Rain King" - "Mercury" - "Ghost Train" - "Anna Begins" - "Recovering The Satellites" - "Angels Of The Silences" - "Rain King" - "Sullivan Street" - "Children In Bloom" - "Have You Seen Me Lately?" - "Raining In Baltimore" - "Round Here" - "I'm Not Sleeping" - "A Murder Of One" - "A Long December" - "Walkways"
Counting Crows - This Desert Life
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This Desert Life
Released: November, 1999
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 8
Rolling Stone review: 3 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Hanginaround" - "Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" - "Amy Hit The Atmosphere" - "Four Days" - "All My Friends" - "High Life" - "Colorblind" - "I Wish I Was A Girl" - "Speedway" - "St. Robinson In His Cadillac Dream"
Counting Crows - Hard Candy
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Hard Candy
Released: July, 2002
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 5
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Hard Candy" - "American Girls" - "Good Time" - "If I Could Give All My Love (Richard Manuel Is Dead)" - "Goodnight L.A." - "Butterfly In Reverse" - "Miami" - "New Frontier" - "Carriage" - "Black And Blue" - "Why Should You Come When I Call?" - "Up All Night (Frankie Miller Goes To Hollywood) - "Holiday In Spain" - "Big Yellow Taxi"
Counting Crows - Films About Ghosts - The Best Of...
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Films About Ghosts - The Best Of...
Released: November, 2003
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 32
Tracks: "Angels Of The Silences" - "Round Here" - "Rain King" - "A Long December" - "Hanginaround" - "Mrs. Potters Lullaby" - "Mr. Jones" - "Recovering The Satellites" - "American Girls" - "Big Yellow Taxi" - "Omaha" - "Friend Of The Devil" - "Einstein On The Beach (For An Eggman)" - "Anna Begins" - "Holiday In Spain" - "She Don't Want Nobody"
Counting Crows - New Amsterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall
Available for download at iTunes
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New Amsterdam: Live At Heineken Music Hall
Released: June, 2006
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 52
Live Tracks: "Rain King" - "Richard Manuel Is Dead" - "Catapult" - "Goodnight LA" - "Four White Stallions" - "Omaha" - "Miami" - "Hazy" - "Good Time" - "St. Robinson In His Cadillac Dream" - "Perfect Blue Buildings" - "Hanginaround" - "Goodnight Elisabeth" - "Hard Candy" - "Holiday In Spain"
Counting Crows - Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings
Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings
Released: March, 2008
Billboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone: 3 stars from Rolling Stone - Entertainment Weekly: B-
Tracks: "1492" - "Hanging Tree" - "Los Angeles" - "Sundays" - "Insignificant" - "Cowboys" - "Washington Squeeze" - "On Almost Any Sunday Morning" - "When I Dream Of Michelangelo" - "Anyone But You" - "You Can't Count On Me" - "Le Ballet D'or" - "On A Tuesday In Amsterdam Long Ago" - "Come Around"
Counting Crows - 'August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall' August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall
Released: August, 2011
Live Tracks: "Round Here" - "Omaha" - "Mr. Jones" - "Perfect Blue Buildings" - "Anna Begins" - "Time And Time Again" - "Rain King" - "Sullivan Street" - "Ghost Train" - "Murder Of One"
Counting Crows - 'Underwater Sunshine'
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Underwater Sunshine
Released: April, 2012
Tracks: "Untitled (Love Song)" - "Start Again" - "Hospital" - "Mercy" - "Meet On The Ledge" - "Like Teenage Gravity" - "Amie" - "COming Around" - "Ooh La La" - "All My Failures" - "Return Of The Grevious Angel" - "Four White Stallions" - "Jumping Jesus" - "You Ain't Going Nowhere" - "The Ballad Of El Goodo"
Counting Crows - 'Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow'
Amazon.mp3
Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow
Released: November 11, 2013
Tracks: "Girl From The North Country" - "Round Here" - "Untitled (Love Song)" - "Four Days" - "Hospital" - "Carriage" - "Start Again" - "I Wish I Was A Girl" - "Sundays" - "Mercury" - "Friend Of The Devil" - "Rain King" - "Le Ballet D'or" - "Up All Night" (Frankie Miller Goes To Hollywood)" - "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere"
LINKS
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 Counting Crows - "Mr. Jones" (Single)Mr. Jones
August And Everything After
1(1) 20 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available for download at iTunes
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2 A Long December
Recovering The Satellites
4 16 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Round Here

from the LP
August And Everything After
ARC chart run: 38 - 30 - 20 - 16 - 14 - 10 - 9 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 11 - 12 - 23 - 29 - off
5 14 1994 Counting Crows - "Round Here" (Single)
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4 Counting Crows - "Hanginaround" (Single)Hanginaround
This Desert Life
10 13 2000 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available for download at iTunes
mp3 Available at Amazon.com
5 Counting Crows featuring Vanessa Carlton - "Big Yellow Taxi" (Single)Big Yellow Taxi
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cd single and Films About Ghosts - The Best Of...
12 14 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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Available for download at iTunes
6 Counting Crows - "Accidentally In Love" (Single)Accidentally In Love
Shrek 2 soundtrack
20 10 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Rain King
August And Everything After
18 9 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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8 Daylight Fading
Recovering The Satellites
18 7 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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9 Angels Of The Silences
Recovering The Satellites
22 6 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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10 American Girls
Hard Candy
31 4 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Einstein On The Beach (For An Eggman)
DGC Rarities Volume 1 compilation and Films About Ghosts - The Best Of...
** ** 1994 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  A Murder Of One
August And Everything After
** ** 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  She Don't Want Nobody Near
Films About Ghosts - The Best Of...
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  You Can't Count On Me
Saturday Nights And Sunday Mornings
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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