Singer Chris Robinson and guitarist Rich Robinson were their generation's Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, respectively, with fragments of other influences worn proudly on their sleeves. Despite having started the Black Crowes back in 1984, their Shake Your Money Maker debut didn't drop until 1990.
Alongside the brothers Robinson were bassist Johnny Colt, guitarist Jeff Cease, and drummer Steve Gorman. The lead single, “Jealous Again,” did well enough to break the ice, but the second song out, “Hard to Handle,” sealed the deal. On the Top 40 strength of that cut, Money Maker climbed into the Top 10. When "She Talks to Angels" came next, it also cracked the Top 40. The album went triple platinum.
After two years near the top of the charts, the Black Crowes debuted The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion at number one on the album chart. That would be about it, though, as two of the singles – "Remedy" and "Thorn in My Pride" – barely made their way into the Top 100. Their tours did better, with sell outs all across the land.
Recruiting keyboardist Eddie Harsch, the band was back in 1994 with Amorica. Again, the record dropped within the Top 10 and went gold, but the singles failed to find their way.
With their fourth set, 1996's Three Snakes and One Charm, the Crowes couldn't do better than the Top 50 despite positive reviews.