September 22, 2023
Ongoing History of New Music

Ongoing History Daily: Chris Cornell facts

How well do you know Chris Cornell? Add these facts to your arsenal.

(1) His birth name was Christopher John Boyle. When his parents divorced, he went to live with his psychic mom and adopted her maiden name.

(2) Before he got deep into music, he worked with raw fish at a seafood wholesaler before becoming a sous chef at a seafood restaurant.

(3) After Soundgarden got rolling, Chris played in a weird western swing band called Centre for Disease Control Boys.

(4) He was the first American singer to write and perform a James Bond theme. That was for Casino Royale in 2006.

And (5) Chris was involved in a horrific motorcycle accident when he was rear-ended by a truck while out for a ride in LA. He flew 20 feet through the air but was able to walk away with only minor injuries.

If you want to go back to Friday, we talked about Kings of Leon.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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2 thoughts on “Ongoing History Daily: Chris Cornell facts

  • I think Sheryl Crow and Madonna both composed and preformed their Bond theme’s before Chris.

  • He was never a sous chef. He said over and over again in endless interviews.


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