Sheryl Crow

Sheryl was brought in by [producer] Bill Bottrell. She was the last artist Herb and I signed. She had already made a full album [that didn't get released], but we decided to make another one after we heard 'All I Wanna Do.'"--Jerry Moss

"What did I see in her? A good artist. Sheryl was real passionate, played good guitar, looked good, and had good songs. She had the whole tool kit!"--Herb Alpert


Sheryl Crow's ties to A&M Records began several years before she was signed as an artist. Her first appearance on an A&M Records recording was as a backup singer on the album Mirror by One 2 Many in 1988. Hugh Padgham, producer for A&M artists The Police, gave Sheryl's demo tape to VP for A&R David Anderle in March 1991. On March 4, Anderle passed the tape to President Al Cafaro and Chairman Jerry Moss. On March 6, Anderle met with Sheryl and offered her the chance to record an album for A&M. Al Cafaro told Richard Buskin, "Things moved quickly when it came to signing Sheryl. I had seen her and knew of her, and I knew she was looking for a deal. I remember being at [Hollywood restaurant] Spago with a few people and being introduced to Sheryl, and I remember being immediately impressed with the fact that she was not only a beautiful woman, but that she was definitely sharp, smart and wanted it. You know, it was very clear that this was a woman who was going to make something happen.... She schmoozed in a very clear and compelling way, not in any tacky or insincere way. It was just spot-on. It was exactly what you would hope an artist is going to be; it's the look in the eyes, it's listening to what people are saying, it's saying the right thing, it's being engaged with you in conversation and being completely aware of the surroundings and what's going on. Just really smart, sharp stuff, and she was gorgeous too, which is, of course, always part of the impression that someone makes, and in the context of having a career, an important attribute. It cannot possibly overcome any lack of talent in my judgment, but who you are and how you present yourself is a critical part of this."


With a $250,000 budget, Sheryl recorded her debut album for A&M Records in the fall of 1991. She started working in A&M Studio A, the one with the Neve Air Montserrat console. Recording finished in February 1992 with 12 tracks chosen and the album was mixed in March. The cost of the album had risen to nearly $450,000. Sheryl and A&M Records agreed not to release it however promotional casssettes of the albums were sent out.


A&M assigned Sheryl's second album a budget of $150-200,000. Tuesday Night Music Club was released on August 3, 1993. In 1994, she compared her first album to Tuesday Night Music Club and told Billboard, "This group of songs is really more collaborative and spontaneous. The first [recordings] were a bit slick and too mature-sounding for me, so [A&M] let me go back and experiment, and that's when the Tuesday Night Music Club started."

On the making of Tuesday Night Music Club Sheryl Crow told Billboard, "The feel of those sessions is what I thought making a record would be like when I was a kid: making it for the love of it." From its release in August 1993 until April 1994, Tuesday Night Music Club sold 85,000 copies. The first single, "Leaving Las Vegas" was released in September 1993 and A&M Records intended to work it with radio until the following July. The second single was planned for a June 1994 release. Crow toured the U.S. from September 1993 until April 1994 and made television guest appearances. A tour of Britain began in April 1994.

Al Cafaro's impression of Tuesday Night Music Club was, "When I listened to it I heard a brilliantly written, performed and produced record that I was absolutely thrilled with--'Leaving Las Vegas' particularly slayed me. I left the studio feeling so wonderful about what had transpired. I felt that Bill [Bottrell] had done an incredible job, I felt that Sheryl had achieved a result that was unique and compelling and exciting, and I felt that she should be very proud of it."

The first single from the album was "Leaving Las Vegas." Its highest position on the Billboard Hot 100 was #60. "All I Wanna Do" was Crow's first Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It peaked at #2. Four months later "Strong Enough" would reach #5.

Sheryl Crow's "Soak Up the Sun" video was used in an American Express television commercial.

By March 1995, Tuesday Night Music Club sold more than 2.1 million copies. The album peaked at #3 on Billboard.


The Sheryl Crow album peaked at #6 on Billboard.

"If It Makes You Happy" was Crow's third Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 achieving the #10 spot.

"Can't Cry Anymore" was a top 40 hit at #36.

"Every Day Is a Winding Road" was #11 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The Globe Sessions peaked at #5 on Billboard.

Singles from The Globe Sessions made Billboard's Hot 100. "My Favorite Mistake" peaked at #20 and "Anything But Down" at #49 .


This album peaked at #107 on Billboard. The single "Anything But Down" was #49 on the Billboard Hop 100.

C'MON, C'MON (2002)

C'mon, C'mon reached #2 on Billboard.

The single "Soak Up the Sun" was #17 followed by"Steve McQueen" that cracked Billboard's top 100 and topped at #88.


"The First Cut Is the Deepest" gave Crow a top 20 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 coming in at #14.


Wildflower peaked at #2 on Billboard. The single "Good Is Good" was #64 on the Billboard Hot 100, "Always On Your Side was #33 and "Not Fade Away" was #78.


The album topped Billboard at #164.

DETOURS (2008)

Detours top position on Billboard was #2.

By May 15, 2010 the album sold 405,000 copies.

"Love Is Free" peaked at #77 on the Billboard Hot 100.


The album peaked at #3 on Billboard.



1994Best Female Pop Vocal Performance    
Record Of the Year    
Best New Artist    
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance    
Song Of the Year
All I Wanna Do    
All I Wanna Do    

I'm Gonna Be a Wheel Someday    
All I Wanna Do
1996Best Rock Album    
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
Sheryl Crow    
If It Makes You Happy
1997Record Of the YearEvery Day Is a Winding RoadWon
1998Best Rock Album    
Producer Of the Year Non-Classical    
Best Song Written For a Motion Picture    
Best Female Rock Vocal Performance    
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance    
Album Of the Year
The Globe Sessions         

Tomorrow Never Dies         
There Goes the Neighborhood         
My Favorite Mistake         
The Globe Sessions
1999Best Female Rock Vocal PerformanceSweet Child O' MineWon
2000Best Female Rock Vocal Performance      
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals      
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals
There Goes the Neighborhood      
Strong Enough      
The Difficult Kind
2001Best Female Country Vocal PerformanceLong Gone Lonesome Blues 
2002Best Female Rock Vocal Performance     
Best Country Collaboration With Vocals     
Best Rock Album     
Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals     
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Steve McQueen     
Flesh and Blood     
C'mon, C'mon     
It's So Easy     
Soak Up the Sun
2003Best Female Pop Vocal PerformanceThe First Cut Is the Deepest 
2004Best Country Collaboration With Vocals    
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance    
Best Pop Vocal Album
Building Bridges    
Good Is Good    
2005Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals   
Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
Always On Your Side   
You Can Close Your Eyes
2007Best Pop Vocal AlbumDetours 


Of her nine albums for A&M Records, seven were Top 10 on Billboard. Only Home For Christmas and the Live From Central Park  failed to enter the Top 100.



Detours press release  
Tuesday Night Music Club Deluxe Edition press release
Tuesday Night Music Club 30th Anniversary press releae

  1. Sherl Crow's 'Music Club' High-Flying Debut for A&M. Carrie Borzillo. Billboard, April16,1994.
  2. Bruce, Sheryl, Tony Are Big Winners. Craig Rosen, Deborah Russell. Billboard, March 11, 1995.
  3. Sheryl Crow No Fool to This Game. Richard Buskin. Billboard Books, 2002.
  4. A&M Records' Greatest Hits. Matt Diehl. Rolling Stone, September 7, 2012.
Recording Years / Label
1991-2011 -  A&M Records
vocals, guitar, piano

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