Singer Adam Duritz and guitarist David Bryson are introduced by San Francisco Bay Area musician David Immerglück and subsequently begin writing songs together.
Duritz and Bryson perform as an acoustic duo at coffeehouses and small clubs. They call themselves Counting Crows after an English divination rhyme.
Matt Malley (bass) and drummer Ben Ulrich join and the four start performing at San Francisco clubs. Ben is later replaced by Steve Bowman in August.
Duritz and Bryson recruit Bay Area music scene friends, Charles Gillingham (keyboards) and Steve Bowman (drums) to record a demo. Their chemistry undeniable, the new band resumes playing clubs in San Francisco.
Counting Crows perform at a BMI New Music Showcase at San Francisco's I-Beam club.
Counting Crows sign with DGC Records.
Counting Crows open for Bob Dylan in Los Angeles.
Fall 1992/Winter 1993
Counting Crows record their debut album, August and Everything After, at a rented mansion in the Hollywood Hills. They live on the premises during the sessions.
Counting Crows fill in for Van Morrison at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Guitarist Dan Vickrey joins Counting Crows.
Sept. 14, 1993
August and Everything After, produced by T-Bone Burnett (Elvis Costello, Los Lobos, Roy Orbison), is released.
Rolling Stone calls "August and Everything After "one of the best rock releases of the year" and gives it a four-star review.
Counting Crows tour, opening for Midnight Oil, Suede and The Cranberries.
January - June 1994
Counting Crows tour, opening for Cracker.
August and Everything After enters the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
Counting Crows appear on "Saturday Night Live."
August and Everything After peaks on the Billboard 200 at No. 4. Its chart run will last 93 weeks.
Counting Crows headline tour of theaters. Duritz invites his personal favorites to open the shows, including Alex Chilton, Buffalo Tom, Chainsaw Kittens, Velocity Girl, The Cox Family, Dog's Eye View and The Gigolo Aunts.
Counting Crows join The Rolling Stones' Voodoo Lounge Tour as special guests.
September 8, 1994
Counting Crows win MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist in a Video, for "Mr. Jones."
September 13, 1994
"Going Back to Georgia," a duet featuring and co-written by Duritz and Nanci Griffith, appears on Griffith's album Flyer.
October 12, 1994
Drummer Ben Mize replaces Bowman.
Counting Crows tour Europe.
Counting Crows win American Music Award for Favorite Artist, Alternative Music.
Counting Crows begin writing material for Recovering the Satellites.
July 18, 1995
Counting Crows' cover of The Psychedelic Furs song "The Ghost In You" appears on the soundtrack to the film "Clueless."
Recovering the Satellites is recorded in another big Hollywood house on a hill, with the band again choosing to reside on the premises.
Oct. 8, 1996
Recover ing the Satellites, produced by Gil Norton (The Pixies, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Mieces, Del Amitri), is released on vinyl as a double album.
Oct. 15, 1996
Recovering the Satellites is released on cd and cassette.
Oct. 20, 1996
Recovering the Satellites debuts on the Billboard 200 at #1.
Oct. 23, 1996
August and Everything After is certified seven-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Nov. 12, 1996
U.S. theater tour begins in New Haven, Conn. The band again invites some of their favorite acts to open, including Cake and Fiona Apple.
Dec. 2, 1996
Duritz seriously injures his knee during opening night of a four-night stand at New York's Beacon Theatre. Despite intense pain, he continues the show, and no subsequent performances are cancelled due to the injury. Duritz undergoes open-knee surgery over the Christmas holidays.
Dec. 11 and 12, 1996
Counting Crows become first band to appear on the "Late Show With David Letterman" for two consecutive nights, a first for the program.
May 3 - June 13, 1997
European Theater tour (beginning in Galway, Ireland).
June 5, 1997
Recovering the Satellites is certified double pla tinum.
June 21, 1997
Band performs for a half million people at the Blockbuster Rockfest in Dallas, Texas.
July 1 - Nov. 6, 1997
Band headlines on a summer shed tour. Supporting acts include The Wallflowers, That Dog, The Gigolo Aunts and Bettie Serveert.
Aug. 12, 1997
Band performs at New York's Chelsea Studios for taping of VH-1's "Storytellers" series.
Nov. 6, 1997
Counting Crows performs at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom for taping of MTV's "Live at the Ten Spot" series. Show marks the end of the band's U.S. tour.
No v. 26 - Dec. 20, 1997
Second European theater tour.
Dec. 8 and 9, 1997
Counting Crows perform two sold-out shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.
July 14, 1998
Across a Wire - Live in New York is released.
Band begins writing and recording their third studio album with David Lowery (Sparklehorse, Lauren Hoffman, September 67) and Dennis Herring (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, Throwing Muses) co-producing ' in yet another house on a hill in Hollywood.
The album This Desert Life, is released Nov. 2, 1999. RIAA Certified platinum in January of 2000
Counting Crows release the first of a series of official bootlegs titled By the time we got to woodstock, followed up by Faced the Promised Land in May of 2000
After contributing to past Counting Crows projects, David Immergluck becomes the official seventh member of the band.
Counting Crows embark on a co headlining tour with LIVE.
Counting Crows release first single from new album "American Girls"
Counting Crows release Hard Candy - debuts at number 5 on billboards. Number 1 on internet billboards.
Hard Candy is certified Gold
Ben Mize decides to leave the band to pursue a solo career. Jim Bogios is named as his replacement.
Counting Crows launch official fanclub: Cloudkookooland
Counting Crows contribute song to SHREK 2 soundtrack. Accidentally in Love has the highest 1st week chart debut on Adult Top 40 of any record in 2 1/2 years.
--- from the official Counting Crows website