In the mid 80s following the success of Jo Jo Zep and The Falcons, Joe Camilleri gathered together a group of musician friends and dubbed them The Black Sorrows. The band began playing for the fun of it, recording independent albums and selling them at venues. When radio picked up the classic track, Mystified, The Black Sorrows really took flight. The band signed a worldwide deal with CBC/Sony and proceeded to release some of Australiaʼs most successful albums including the multi-platinum sellers Hold On To Me, Harley & Rose and The Chosen Ones.
Membership in The Black Sorrows has always been loose and fluid with Camilleri being the only constant. The Sorrowsʼ ʻelastic line-upʼ and has been home to over 40 talented Australian musicians at different times and acted as a launch pad for the careers of some of Australiaʼs most successful musicians.
Since 1984, The Black Sorrows have toured Australia more times than anyone can remember, played sell out shows across Europe, won the ARIA for Best Band‚ and sold more than a million albums worldwide. Joe Camilleri has shown fans and critics alike that he is a performer with an undeniable energy and love of it all.