6 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Cornell

May 18, 2017

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The world was shocked to wake up to the news that Chris Cornell, Soundgarden and Audioslave singer, passed away after a show in Detroit.

Cornell was an amazing singer and songwriter whose talent will be missed immensely.

Here are some things you may not have known about Cornell.

1. Cornell was a big Beatles fan. From ages 9 to 11, he listened to the Beatles pretty much non-stop after finding a large collection of Beatles records in the basement of a neighbor's house. He often covered "A Day In the Life" in concert.

2. In the early '80s, he was in a cover band in Seattle called "The Shemps." It's uncertain if Shemp was his favorite of The Three Stooges.

3. Readers of "Guitar World" magazine named him "Rock's Greatest Singer,"

4. He was the first male American artist to write and perform the theme song for a James Bond movie--"You Know My Name" for Casino Royale.

5. When producer Rick Rubin approached him to come up with an arrangement  of Soundgarden's "Rusty Cage" for Johnny Cash, he thought it was a horrible idea. He tried to do one, but gave up. He ending up liking the finished product so much he often used that countrified arrangement at concerts.

6. He was very generous. The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation worked to help children facing tough challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.