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The Black Sorrows are an Australian band founded by Joe Camilleri, the group's only constant member. Founded in 1983, The Black Sorrows are still active today, and are best remembered for their top 40 Australian hits of the late 1980s and early 1990s, including "Hold On To Me", "Chained To The Wheel", "Harley and Rose" and "Snake Skin Shoes".

By the time of their first top 20 album, 1986's Dear Children, the Black Sorrows were playing original material and the official line up was Camilleri, Burstin, Nick Smith (lyrics/backing vocals), Johnny Charles (bass) and Peter Luscombe (drums). However, 15 musicians actually played on the Dear Children album, including Butrumlis, vocalists Venetta Fields and Shirley Matthews, and keyboardist Mick O'Connor. In fact, despite whatever 'official' band membership configurations existed at any given time, The Black Sorrows often made extensive use of session musicians for both recordings and live shows throughout their career. Players at various times in the band's history who were never acknowledged as full members of The Black Sorrows include pianist Paul Grabowsky, slide guitarist Sam See, trumpeter Tony Norris, guitarists Kerryn Tolhurst and Tony Faeshe, and many others.

For 1987's Hold on to Me, Smith left—though he continued writing lyrics for Black Sorrows songs for the following two decades. Returning to the official line-up was one-time Falcons guitarist Wayne Burt. Other changes were also made: Charles was replaced by Mick Girasole on bass (Girasole had actually played on several Dear Children tracks), and backing vocalists Vika and Linda Bull were added. The Bull Sisters readily identifiable singing style became a big part of The Black Sorrows' sound, and Hold on to Me spawned 3 top 40 hits in Australia ("Hold on to Me", "Chained to the Wheel" and "The Crack-Up").
For 1990's Harley & Rose, Jen Anderson was added on violin, and Richard Sega replaced Girasole on bass.

Beginning in the early 1990s, Camilleri also fronted The Revelators (originally The Delta Revelators). This band's line-up was practically identical to The Black Sorrows, the only real difference being that The Revelators returned to the early Sorrows roots of playing largely R&B-oriented cover songs. The Revelators released their first album in 1991.

(extract from Wikipedia 2011)

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