Adam Duritz

Recent Role:

Himself (Presenter) on The Tony Awards


8/1/1964, Baltimore, Maryland

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  • Adam Duritz is an innovative lyricist and piano player who brings the same soul to his friends and lifestyle as he does to the beautiful lyrics and music that he performs. Duritz joined and performed in the Bay area band "The Himalayans" until 1991 at which time he left to form Counting Crows. Before he left, however, material was recorded which eventually lead to the release of the 2002 album "She likes the Weather". The album has a track called "round here" which was eventually re-recorded on the Counting Crows album "August and Everything After". During this period in his life he was also involved in the San Francisco based band 'Sordid Humour'. After the Himalayans lost Duritz and the Counting Crows were formed, Duritz's new band gained a huge following and the release of their acclaimed 1993 album was a huge success. The band toured extensively before heading into the studio again for the 1996 album "recovering the satelites". The album was a worthy follow up and it bookmarked the bands place in the music industry. The album was followed by 1998's 'This Desert Life' and 2002's 'Hard Candy'. The two albums house such hits as 'Hangin' around', 'American Girls' respectively. After a long season of touring, the band put together the greatest hits album "Films about ghosts" which not only had Crows material but also housed the new track "She Don't Want Nobody Near" and a Grateful Dead cover song. The album was released in 2003 and it saw even more success for the band with songs playing on shows such as the WB's "One Tree Hill" (2003).moreless



    Birth Place:

    Baltimore, Maryland

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Adam Duritz: All my songs are where I am.

    • Adam Duritz: When so much money is involved in these movies, someone somewhere is going to try to screw you.

    • Adam Duritz: Truth is, you make albums, and some of those songs are hits, and some of the greatest hits albums have songs that weren't hits. You have a career, the reason why we're still around 10 years is that we do have successful songs.

    • Adam Duritz: There just is exponentially more money in the movie business than in the music business. As a result there are more people involved in the creative process.

    • Adam Duritz: My life isn't necessarily more important than anyone else's: I'm just better in talking about it.

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    Trivia (4)

    • He dated actresses Courteney Cox, Jennifer Aniston, Winona Ryder, Mary Louise Parker, and Monica Potter.

    • After the overnight multi-platinum success of the Counting Crows debut album ("August and Everything After"). Adam decided to find a real job for a "reality check" between albums. So he bartended at the The Viper Room in Hollywood, which at the time was still owned by Johnny Depp.

    • He rented Christina Applegate's house.

    • He is the lead singer of the band Counting Crows.