|Date of Birth
||5 November 1938
|Place of Birth
||West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Chris Robinson and The Black Crowes, which was heavily influenced by The Rolling Stones and The Faces, launched the debut studio album Shake Your Money Maker, in 1990. Surprisingly, the first album sold very well and was certified 5 times platinum in 1995. After breaking the Top 30 Billboard chart with the singles “Hard to Handle” and “She Talks to Angels,” the debut recording also produced the hit songs “Twice As Hard” and “Seeing Things.”
With some new personnel (Marc Ford on guitar and Eddie Harsch on keyboard), the Crowes recorded the sophomore album The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion, which was released in 1992. The double platinum album received heavy airplay for its singles “Remedy,” “Thorn in My Pride,” “Sting Me,” “Sometimes Salvation” and “Hotel Illness.” Following the unreleased Tall (1993), the band enhanced their status in the rock music scene with the controversially covered gold album Amorica (1994) and Three Snakes & One Charm (1996).
However, the Crowes’ internal conflicts resulted in the release of The Band (1997) and replacing Marc Ford with Audley Freed and bassist Johnny Colt with Sven Pipien. Furthermore, their next studio album, By Your Side (1999), suffered poor sales. The Black Crowes, which in 2000 went on a huge tour with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, briefly hired blues bassist Greg Rzab to fill in a position left by Sven Pipien.
After leaving American Recordings, they worked in the noted album Lions (2001) with Virgin subsidiary V2 Records. Although receiving critical acclaim for the album, Robinson decided to quit the band to make music with more folk-based material. Their sold-out final shows at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre (live album released in 2002) marked the band’s indefinite hiatus from recording and performing.
Robinson’s first solo attempt, “The Red Road” (2002), could be heard in the Goldie Hawn-starring film The Banger Sisters (2002). The same year, he released the solo debut album New Earth Mud, which offered collaborations with ex-Crowes Marc Ford and Eddie Harsch. The singer also allied with Paul Stacey (as co-songwriter and producer) for the positively reviewed album This Magnificent Distance (2004) before unexpectedly exiling himself.
On his comeback, Robinson reunited with several Crowes’ members for a number of live performances, including a tour in Canada and the UK. In 2006, the singer performed with brother Rich on the “Brothers of a Feather” tour.