Chris Cornell (Also known by his birth name, Christopher John Boyle) was born on July 20, 1964-May 17, 2017. Cornell died this month and was best known for his frontman vocals in both bands, Soundgarden and Audioslave. He was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. He won two Grammies and has been nominated 14 times! He was considered a pioneer of the early 90’s Grunge Rock scene. He released four studio albums since 1999 and has even created a tribute band for his fellow bandmate who passed away called, Temple of the Dog. Chris has gained wide critical acclaim from magazines like Rolling Stone, who ranked him as 9th on ‘Best Lead men of all time.’ Guitar World gave Chris the number one ranking position for “Greatest Singer.” He even won a Golden Globe for the theme song to Machine Gun Preacher.
He had a Irish-Catholic father and a Jewish mother, however Chris did not follow any religion..
Chris was a big supporter of Obama. Recently, in April of this year, Cornell roasted Donald Trump on Twitter saying, “Fuck! Trump on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama’s travel spending in 1 year – .” He then left a link to CNN’s website and was seen at the screening for The Promise with George Clooney. Only a month later he dies from suicide.
Cornell loves The Beatles. They were one of his first bands he was crazy about when he found a basement full of their records as a kid.
He married his Soundgarden and Audioslave manager Susan Silver in 1990 and they divorced in 2004. He remarried in 2004 to Vicky Karayiannis and the couple stayed together until his passing.
Chris has sold a combination of 30 million records in total from his bands. He has also sold 14.5 million albums. He had an addiction problem that started when he became deeply depressed at 12 years old. He never left his room and had access to prescription pills as well as alcohol, marijuana, and psychedelics. At 14 he stayed sober for a year, but relapsed for a year when he was 15. Then he turned to music.