Chris Cornell’s Birthday: July 20th, 1964
Posted 7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM

Chris Cornell’s Birthday: July 20th, 1964

 

Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday to Chris Cornell, whose past year has seen a SG reunion, album release and tour.  What else should Chris do in 2013?
  • Happy Birthday to Chris Cornell! In honor of him, name your favorite song from Soundgarden!
  • Shout out to Chris Cornell, who celebrates his 49th birthday today! Tell us which is better: Soundgarden or Audioslave?

Fast Facts

  • Born: Christopher John Boyle on July 20, 1964 in Seattle, WA (mom’s maiden name was Cornell)
  • Age: 49
  • Rose to fame as the frontman for Soundgarden, reinventing the grunge rock movement of the ‘90s
  • Soundgarden was the first garage band from Seattle to sign with a major record label
  • He created Temple of the Dog in 1990 in tribute of singer Andrew Wood from Mother Love Bone
  • Cornell’s first solo single, “Seasons,” was featured in the movie Singles
  • He covered Jimi Hendrix’s “Hey Baby (New Rising Sun)” for Stone Free: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
  • Cornell has written songs for various artists, including Alice Cooper and Flotsam & Jetsam
  • When Soundgarden broke up in 1997, he began a solo career with help from the band, Eleven
  • Euphoria Morning, released 1999, highlights Cornell’s vocals and lyrics rather than the instrumental sound
  • His song “Mission 2000” can be heard on the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack
  • Cornell joined up with Rage Against the Machine after Zack de la Rocha left; the group later became Audioslave
  • The band had several successes; their self-titled debut album went 3X platinum and their 2005 album Out of Exile hit #1 on the Billboard charts
  • Cornell left Audioslave in 2006 and went back to his solo efforts
  • Carry On (2007) was mostly biographical, but also featured a cover of “Billy Jean” by Michael Jackson and song from the movie, Casino Royale
  • He reunited with Soundgarden in 2000s and 2010s to headline the Lollapalooza festival
  • Cornell teamed up with producer Timbaland on his third solo album Scream, but it didn’t have much success
  • He wrote and performed a song for Angels of East Africa charity; “The Keeper”, was  nominated for a Golden Globe in 2012 for Best Original Song from the movie Machine Gun Preacher
  • In 2013, Soundgarden went on their first North American tour for showcasing their new album, King Animal.  The tour featured 20 dates, the last of which, at Los Angeles’s The Wiltern, was captured on video for the music documentary series Live From the Artist’s Den
  • In the beginning of 2013, Cornell joined Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Brad Paisley, Jennifer Hudson and Marc Anthony at the Commander-in-Chief’s Ball in honor of the armed forces.  He and Soundgarden later joined up to play the Inaugural Ball with Keys, Paisley, Usher, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Fun and others
  • Chris Cornell’s song “Seasons” was featured in the Hollywood blockbuster, Man of Steel, in June 2013
  • In July 2013, Soundgarden was featured on public TV’s “Live From the Artist’s Den”

Personal Life

  • Dropped out of high school to pursue music
  • Married Susan Silver (manager of Alice in Chain and Soundgarden) and had daughter Lillian Jean in 2000; they divorced in 2004
  • Currently married to Vicky Karayiannis and together they have a daughter named Toni (2004) and a son named Christopher Nicholas (2005)
  • He is an active supporter of Make A Wish Foundation, Stuart House, and MusiCares

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