The name Stone the Crows is said to be a scottish variation of the hell with it. (I didn't actually verified this)
Stone the Crows came out of the pubs of Scotland in the early '70s. They started with two gritty singers, a talented guitarist, they're rhythm section had played with John Mayall and producer Peter Grant (known as Led Zeppelins manager.
So things couldn't be looking better. Critics were good, but they never solded their albums to a larger public.
Then they lost two of their key members early on.
First bassist / vocalist Jim Dewar went to join Robin Trower's fledgling group. He was replaced by Steve Thompson, who wasn't a vocalist.
And then guitarist Les Harvey was electrocuted during a gig at the Swansea University. This was shortly after the relaese of "Teenage Licks". Still the group carried on, filling the gap up with young Jimmy McCulloch from Thunderclap Newman and relaesed "Ontinuous Performance".
This album was their last, 'cause not long after the release they broke up.
Leaves me with the story how they got together.Then I have to start with singer Maggie Bell. This immens vocal talent had a rauchy, gutbucked voice, that came close to the style of Janis Joplin, though missing her range and her pure, naked emotion.
Maggie for the first time got attention when she jumped on stage to WAil with Alex Harvey of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band who we're giving a show in Glascow. Alex liked her voice and appearence, he hooked up with his guitar playing, younger brother Les. Fronting a local band called the Kinning Park Ramblers. Then as Power they played army bases across Europe mostly in Germany.
At one point they attracted the attention of Peter Grant and they Changed they're name to Stone the Crows.