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Steve Conte

Steve Conte
Background information
Origin New York, USA
Genres Rock
Occupations Singer, Musician
Instruments Guitar
Associated acts The Contes
New York Dolls
Crown Jewels
Yoko Kanno

Steve Conte is an American singer and rock musician and lead singer of the band The Contes along with his brother John Conte, both formerly members of the band Crown Jewels. He is perhaps more popularly known for his collaborations with composer Yoko Kanno, as well as being the current lead guitarist of the New York Dolls.

Conte first became known to the music industry in the early 1990s as the songwriter and guitarist of the band Company of Wolves (Mercury Records) and has since worked with artists such as Peter Wolf, Willie DeVille, Maceo Parker, Phoebe Snow, Billy Squier, Suzi Quatro, Jill Jones, Chuck Berry,[1] Paul Simon, Simon & Garfunkel, David Johansen & The Harry Smiths, Willie Nile, and many others. Conte also occasionally plays guitar with Eric Burdon & The Animals.

Conte often works with composer Yoko Kanno and lyricist Tim Jensen, creating soundtracks to anime series, such as "Stray," the opening theme to the Wolf's Rain, as well as the tracks "Heaven's Not Enough" and "Could You Bite the Hand?" All three appear on the OST albums.

Conte's vocals can also be heard in some episodes of Cowboy Bebop, as well as the 2001 film most notably for the song "Call Me Call Me," as well as "Words That We Couldn't Say," "No Reply," and "Diggin'." He also sang the OST CD version of "Rain," which is sung by Mai Yamane in the series. He would later sing alongside Shanti Snyder on "Living Inside the Shell," the ending theme to 2004's Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex 2nd GIG.

He also performed on the duet "The Garden of Everything" with Japanese singer Maaya Sakamoto on her RahXephon-related single "Tune the Rainbow."

He provided the vocals for the 2007 video game Sonic and the Secret Rings closing credits song titled "Worth a Chance," as well as the game's main theme "Seven Rings in Hand."

Currently, Conte is planning another tour, during 2009, as evidenced by a poster he left on the MySpace website for Deborah Harry.

Conte currently fronts his latest band, Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth. Their self-titled debut album was released on October 20, 2009 on Varèse Sarabande Records.[2]


Selected discography

With Company of Wolves

  • Company of Wolves (1990, Mercury Records)
  • Shakers and Tambourines (1998, Ryf Records)
  • Steryl Spycase (2001, Ryf Records)

With Crown Jewels

  • Spitshine (1996, Thunderdog)
  • Linoleum (1998, Thunderdog)

With The Contes

  • Bleed Together (2003, Thunderdog)

With New York Dolls

With Steve Conte & The Crazy Truth


  1. ^ "Bio". The Contes - Official Website. Retrieved September 21, 2009.  
  2. ^ "STEVE CONTE AND THE CRAZY TRUTH". Varese Vintage Records. Retrieved September 21, 2009.  

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