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Black Crowes Biography


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Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years Active: 1989–2002, 2005–present
Genres: Blues-rock, Hard Rock, Jam Band


The Black Crowes are an American rock band formed in 1989. The band was signed to Def American Recordings in 1989 by producer George Drakoulias and released their debut album, “Shake Your Money Maker,” the following year.

“Shake Your Money Maker” peaked at #4 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart, and two of its singles, "Hard to Handle" and "She Talks to Angels," reached #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. "Jealous Again", "Twice As Hard" and "Seeing Things" were also charting singles.

The follow-up, “The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion,” reached the top of the Billboard 200 in 1992. It features four hit singles: "Remedy" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for 11 weeks), "Thorn in My Pride" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for four weeks), "Sting Me" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for two weeks), and "Hotel Illness" (#1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart for six weeks).

“Amorica,” released in 1994 on American Recordings, peaked at #11 on Billboard's Top 200 album chart. “Amorica” eventually reached Gold status, selling over 500,000 copies.

After a hiatus between 2002 and 2005, the band released “Warpaint,” which hit #5 on the Billboard chart. After the release of a double album, the greatest hits-like and mostly acoustic “Croweology” in August 2010, the band started a 20th anniversary tour that will be followed by a second, lengthy hiatus. To date, the band has sold over 30 million albums.