Adam Fredric Duritz is an American musician, songwriter, record producer and film producer. He’s known as the frontman for the rock band Counting Crows, of which he is a founding member and principal composer. Take a look below for 25 more awesome and interesting facts about Adam Duritz.
1. Since its founding in 1991, Counting Crows has sold over 20 million records, released four albums that have been certified gold or platinum and been nominated for two Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.
2. Duritz has recorded solo material of his own and has collaborated with other musical acts.
3. He has also founded two record labels, E Pluribus Unum and Tyrannosaurus Records.
4. His work scoring music for film has been recognized by the music industry, notable with an award from BMI for co-writing the song “Accidentally in Love” for the movie “Shrek 2.”
5. Before gaining fame, Duritz sang, and later wrote songs, for a few San Francisco Bay Area bands. These included Mod-L Society and Sordid Humor, a college rock band.
6. While Duritz wasn’t a member of Sordid Humor, he had been tapped to provide vocals on one track, alongside future bandmate David Immergluck as a session musician on bass guitar.
7. In 1990, Duritz joined with Bryson in forming the band The Himalayans.
8. In The Himalayans, Durtiz’s songwriting talents were beginning to gain recognition from the other musician and the original version of the song “Round Here” was written at that time.
9. A year later, while The Himalayans recorded a demo tape for a major record label, Duritz and Bryson independently submitted another demo tape of just the two of them singing stripped down musical selections, and calling themselves Counting Crows.
10. After both tapes were listened to, Duritz and Bryson’s tape was selected, and they were asked to record the song for what would be their debut album.
11. “August and Everything After” was the result, and “Round Here” appeared on the album.
12. After they performed as the music guest on Saturday Night Live, their song “Mr. Jones” jumped 40 spots in the charts.
13. Duritz was a judge for the 10th annual AIM Independent Music Awards to support independent artists’ careers.
14. Duritz’s lyrics have been described as “morose” and “tortured” and as “wordy introspection”, while his vocals have been called “expressive.”
15. He co-founded E Pluribus Unum, an independent label in which he retained ownership in 1997.
16. Before the label was purchased by new ownership, Duritz had signed Joe 90, Gigolo Aunts and Neilson Hubbard.
17. In November 2006, Duritz began production on the Chicago pop punk band Blacktop Mourning’s debut record, under the name “The Devil and Bunny Show,” alongside an album by Counting Crows guitarist David Immergluck.
18. In 2007, Duritz launched a record label called Tyrannosaurus Records, of which he would be sole owner.
19. Debut artists on the label included Notar and Blacktop Mourning. The label also re-released the only album by Duritz’s former band, The Himalayans.
20. In addition to his musical pursuits, Duritz was executive producer for the film “The Locusts.”
21. Duritz grew up in Baltimore, Maryland; Boston, Massachusetts; El Paso, Texas; and Berkley, California.
22. He’s the son of Gilbert and Linda Duritz, both physicians. He also has a younger sister, Nicole.
23. Duritz attended the prestigious Taft School, and graduated from the Head-Royce School in Oakland, California. He has Russian Jewish ancestry.
24. In 1995, Duritz dated Jennifer Aniston. He also dated Courteney Cox, Monica Potter, Samantha Mathis and Winona Ryder.
25. In October 2009, Duritz was reported to be dating “Shameless” actress Emmy Rossum, with whom he had toured during the summer of 2009. Rossum and Duritz broke up in September, 2010.