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Stone the Crows were a blues band formed in Glasgowmarker in late 1969.


The band were formed after Maggie Bell was introduced to Les Harvey by his elder brother, Alex Harvey. After playing together in the Kinning Park Ramblers, they rejoined in a band Power, later renamed Stone the Crows (after a British/Australian English exclamation of surprise or shock) by Led Zeppelin's manager, Peter Grant.

Original line-up

The band's first two albums were recorded by the above line-up, with Bell's vocals "reminiscent of Janis Joplin".

Second line-up

McGinnis and Dewar left in 1971, to be replaced by Ronnie Leahy and Steve Thompson. Dewar went on to have a successful career with Robin Trower as both bassist and lead singer. The death of Harvey (electrocuted by a live microphone on stage at Swanseamarker's Top Rank Suite in May 1972) almost led to the break up of the band. After trying Peter Green, the band brought in ex-Thunderclap Newman prodigy Jimmy McCulloch as lead guitarist.

Stone the Crows broke up in June 1973. Bell recorded two albums in the early 1970s, Queen of the Night and Suicide Sal and joined Rod Stewart on Every Picture Tells a Story. Meanwhile, McCulloch joined Paul McCartney's group, Wings, the following year in Nashville, Tennessee.


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  1. Logan, Nick &Woffinden, Bob (eds.) The New Musical Express Book of Rock, W.H. Allen &Co. Ltd (Star), 1973, p. 489-490. ISBN 0-352-39715-2.

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