Chris Cornell

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Chris Cornell, 2011

Christopher John "Chris" Cornell (born Christopher John Boyle July 20, 1964 in Seattle , † May 18, 2017 in Detroit ) was an American musician . He became known as the singer , guitarist and songwriter for the bands Soundgarden , Temple of the Dog and Audioslave .


Private life and death

Chris Cornell was born Christopher John Boyle in Seattle in 1964, the son of a pharmacist and an accountant. He was raised Catholic and grew up with five siblings in a suburb of Seattle. After his parents divorced in 1978, he took his mother's surname. At this time he is said to have suffered from depression and anxiety disorders . His drug and alcohol addiction began at the age of 13 . He dropped out of high school at the age of 15 and started out as a fish seller and sous-chef at Ray's Boathouse in Seattle. In March 1990 he married his then band manager Susan Silver and had a daughter with her in 2000. In 2002 he went through drug and alcohol withdrawal in a rehabilitation clinic. A little later, the couple divorced.

In January 2003, he met in Paris , the Greek-born journalist Vicky Karayiannis know that he married a short time later and through their influence it for the Greek Orthodox converted faith. A daughter was born in 2004, followed by a son in 2005. Together with Karayiannis' brother, the couple opened the Black Calavados restaurant in Paris and in 2012 founded the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which cares for homeless, abused and neglected children.

Chris Cornell died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 52, according to police reports, by suicide in his hotel room at the MGM Grand in Detroit . His friend Chester Bennington , who sang at his funeral, also committed suicide a few weeks later on Chris Cornell's birthday. Cornell's grave is in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles .


Chris Cornell, 2005

He gained his first band experience in the cover band The Jones Street Band , in addition to his favorite drums as well as singing. Since 1982 he has performed with the band The Shemps. After the end of 1984 he founded a band with Hiro Yamamoto and Kim Thayil , in which he played drums and sang at the beginning. After a few line-up changes, Soundgarden emerged with him as a singer. Until the band split up, Cornell was seen as the figurehead of the group, which is counted among the most important representatives of grunge , not least because of his presence as a front man . In 1991 he founded the Temple of the Dog project in memory of his late friend Andrew Wood , the lead singer of Mother Love Bone . Cornell contributed the song Seasons to the soundtrack for Singles in 1992 . This was followed by a cover version of Hey Baby (New Rising Sun) for a Jimi Hendrix tribute album entitled Stone Free and co-songwriting for bands like Flotsam and Jetsam and Alice under the pseudonym MACC ( McCready , Ament , Cameron , Cornell) Cooper . He also produced the Screaming Trees album Uncle Anesthesia .

In 1999 he released the not too successful solo album Euphoria Morning , where he worked with Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider from the band Eleven. The single Can't Change Me was nominated for a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance . The song Sunshower (bonus track of the Japanese version) was included on the soundtrack of Great Expectations . A revised version of the play Mission , now called Mission 2000 , was contributed to the score for the film Mission: Impossible II . The piece Wave Goodbye is Chris Cornell's friend Jeff Buckley devoted. In 2000 there was also a tour for this album.

Chris Cornell, 2009

He then worked with the instrumentalists of the crossover band Rage Against the Machine , which dissolved in 2000 . According to his own statement, the collaboration, which was not planned on a permanent basis from the beginning, was finally continued and the alternative rock band Audioslave was founded, with which he also achieved worldwide success; the group's second album, Out of Exile , topped the US charts in 2005. For the CD Axis of Justice - Concert Series Vol. 1 he recorded the song (What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding with Maynard James Keenan in 2004 . A third Audioslave album was released in autumn 2006, but with the announcement of the release date of his second solo album in early 2007, he announced his exit from Audioslave due to "insurmountable personal conflicts and musical differences" with his fellow musicians, who were to reunite Rage Against the Machine had decided.

Cornell's successful single You Know My Name , the title track of the James Bond film Casino Royale , which he wrote with longtime Bond composer David Arnold , was released in September 2006 . The album Carry On was released on June 5, 2007. On July 7th, 2007 he performed at the Live Earth concert in Hamburg . His album Scream was released on March 6, 2009 . In the course of the release of this album, he recorded the single Part of Me with Timbaland . In January 2010 he announced the reunion of the band Soundgarden. In the same year he recorded the song Promise with Slash , which appeared on the former Guns-N'-Roses guitarist 's solo album of the same name . The following year he wrote the song The Keeper for the film Machine Gun Preacher , for which he received a Golden Globe nomination in 2012 . His last solo album Higher Truth , released in 2015, received mostly positive reviews, but did not match the success of previous recordings. In 2016 he contributed a cover version of Stay with Me Baby to HBO's Vinyl series , and in January 2017 he made one last appearance with Audioslave before touring the US with Soundgarden.



year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
Remarks [↑]: treated together with the previous entry;
[←]: placed in both charts
1999 Euphoria Morning DE33 (3 weeks)
- CH49 (1 week)
UK31 (1 week)
US18 (8 weeks)
First published: September 21, 1999
2007 carry on DE62 (2 weeks)
AT74 (1 week)
CH35 (3 weeks)
UK25 (2 weeks)
US17 (6 weeks)
First published: May 25, 2007
2009 Scream DE46 (1 week)
AT47 (2 weeks)
CH28 (5 weeks)
UK70 (1 week)
US10 (4 weeks)
First published: March 6, 2009
2011 Songbook EP 1 (Live) - - - - US143 (1 week)
Live EP
first release: November 2nd, 2011
Songbook - - - - US69 (4 weeks)
Live album
first published: November 21, 2011
2015 Higher truth DE77 (1 week)
- CH26 (1 week)
UK37 (1 week)
US19 (6 weeks)
First published: September 18, 2015
2018 Chris Cornell DE39 (1 week)
AT51 (1 week)
CH39 (1 week)
- US192 (1 week)
First published: November 16, 2018
Chris Cornell (Deluxe Edition)[DE: ↑][AT: ↑][CH: ↑][UK: ↑] US67 (1 week)
4-CD edition

more publishments

  • 1992: Poncier
  • 2007: The Roads We Choose - A Retrospective
  • 2009: Part of Me Remix EP
  • 2011: Songbook EP 2 (Live)


year Title
Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placements
(Year, title, album , rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1999 Can't Change Me
Euphoria Morning
- - - UK62 (2 weeks)
First published: September 1999
2006 You Know My Name
Carry On
DE15 (14 weeks)
AT18 (13 weeks)
CH10 (23 weeks)

(19 weeks)UK
US79 (2 weeks)
First published: November 13, 2006
2008 Billie Jean
Carry On
- - - UK77 (1 week)
First published: October 2008
2009 Part of Me
DE24 (9 weeks)
AT31 (7 weeks)
CH19 (14 weeks)
UK78 (1 week)
First published: February 13, 2009

Web links

Commons : Chris Cornell  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. Do not mourn me . ( [accessed on May 22, 2017]).
  3. ^ Unofficial SG Homepage: Chris Cornell. Retrieved May 22, 2017 .
  4. Biography on:, accessed on June 20, 2011
  5. ^ Farewell to Soundgarden singer: Chris Cornell took his own life
  6. ^ Unofficial SG Homepage: Susan Silver. (No longer available online.) Archived from the original on June 2, 2017 ; accessed on May 22, 2017 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. Chris Cornell is dead , commented on photo series, Spiegel Online , May 18, 2017
  8. Chris Cornell's Mysterious Death Leaves the Rock World Shaken. Retrieved May 22, 2017 (American English).
  9. Chris Cornell Sue's ex-wife / former manager . In: Billboard . ( [accessed May 22, 2017]).
  10. CHRIS CORNELL To Be A Father Again? In: BLABBERMOUTH.NET . June 8, 2004 ( [accessed May 22, 2017]).
  11. Musicians Who Are Converts to Orthodox Christianity. Retrieved May 22, 2017 .
  12. As a Paris restaurateur and family man, life is now good for Audioslave rocker . In: . ( [accessed May 22, 2017]).
  13. Emmeline Saunders: Chris Cornell's secret legacy as a philanthropist who helped countless others . In: mirror . May 18, 2017 ( [accessed May 22, 2017]).
  14. Police report: These were Chris Cornell's last hours . In: Rolling Stone . May 19, 2017 ( [accessed January 5, 2018]).
  15. Chris Cornell in the Find a Grave database . Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  16. Audioslave: Chris Cornell gets out
  18. Visions .de: Soundgarden - Reunion confirmed
  20. a b Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
  21. Music Sales Awards: UK