Today is the birthday of Sheryl Crow, who was born in 1962
in Kennett, Missouri. Crow has risen to popularity over the past few years with
her smart pop songs, edgy voice and blues-rock backing. The child of a piano
and a trumpet player, Crow was treated to piano lessons from age five and could
play songs by ear when she was six. She attended school at the University of
Missouri, majoring in music -- all the while soaking in the influences of Bob
Dylan and Tom Waits -- and went on to teach music at an elementary school in
St. Louis for a few years before moving to Los Angeles in 1986.
gig was singing backup for Michael Jackson on the Bad World Tour; the National
Enquirer even went so far as to imply she was dating The Gloved One, though she
also backed everyone from Don Henley to Stevie Wonder and Sting. Meanwhile, she
was writing songs for folks like Eric Clapton and Wynnona Judd.
urging from Henley, Crow quit singing backup and began writing songs and, after
a long fallow period was asked to join the Tuesday Night Music Club by Bill
Bottrell, a producer who organized weekly jam sessions for LA-based
songwriters. Out of those sessions came Crow's first record, Tuesday Night
Music Club, which featured the hit "All I Wanna Do" as well as "Leaving Las
Vegas," which she wrote on her first Tuesday Night.
Crow toured, including
a stop at the 1994 Woodstock Fest, before winning three Grammy Awards in 1995.
She returned to the studio to record her self-titled followup, released in late
1996; it's already spawned two hits with If It Makes You Happy and
Every Day Is a Winding Road. The album has been banned by Wal-Mart
stores for suggesting that the chain sells guns to children.
birthdays: John Mills (Mills Brothers), Gene Vincent, Sergio Mendes, Leon
Haywood, Rochelle Flemming (First Choice) and D'Angelo. -- Beth