Chris Cornell was an American singer, songwriter, and musician, best known as the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the iconic Seattle-based rock band Soundgarden. He was born on July 20, 1964, in Seattle, Washington.
Cornell started his music career in the 1980s as a member of the Seattle-based band The Shemps, which also included future Soundgarden members Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd. In 1984, he joined Soundgarden, which became one of the pioneers of the grunge movement in the 1990s.
Cornell’s powerful and distinctive voice, combined with his introspective and poetic lyrics, made him one of the most iconic and influential singers of his generation. He wrote many of Soundgarden’s biggest hits, including “Black Hole Sun,” “Spoonman,” and “Fell on Black Days,” among others.
In addition to his work with Soundgarden, Cornell also had a successful solo career, releasing several albums that showcased his versatility as a songwriter and musician. He also collaborated with other musicians, including members of Rage Against the Machine, Pearl Jam, and Temple of the Dog, a supergroup that he formed in 1990 to honor the memory of his friend Andrew Wood, the late lead singer of the band Mother Love Bone.
Cornell’s talent and influence were recognized by his peers and the music industry, earning him numerous accolades throughout his career, including multiple Grammy Awards. He was also known for his philanthropic work, supporting various charities and social causes, including the fight against homelessness and hunger.
Tragically, Cornell passed away on May 18, 2017, at the age of 52. His sudden and unexpected death shocked the music world and left a void that is still felt today. However, his music and legacy continue to inspire and influence new generations of musicians and fans.