The Grammy Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, and lyricist was recognized for his powerful, almost four-octave vocal range.
With Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam, Jeff Ament and Stone Gossard of Mother Love Bone, Cornell and Matt Cameron, also from Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog was born to pay tribute to the musical talent of the late Andrew Wood.
The group's defining moment was a 2005 concert in Cuba, which at the time was billed as the country's first outdoor rock concert by an American band.
A bench near the center of the sculpture was covered with flower arrangements, one of which included a note, "Say "hello" to Heaven", a reference to a song written by Cornell for a musician friend who died decades ago.
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Soundgarden disbanded in 1997 but reunited in 2010 and has toured regularly since then.
In 2001, Cornell joined members of Rage Against The Machine to form Audioslave, which earned acclaim with its self-titled album that earned three-platinum status.
Heavy is the Head gave the Zac Brown Band number ones in both the Mainstream Rock and Country Airplay charts in the U.S. It was also the final number one for Cornell.
Chris Cornell's work on Casino Royale is just the tip of the iceberg that was his career in rock. Cornell went through some dark days, along with a stint in rehab during band's time apart.
The 1996 album Down on the Upside was derided by critics, and Cornell's first solo album, 1999's Euphoria Morning, was considered deeply uncool.
Fekadu reported from NY.
Mays remembered during one song, Cornell "just let out this scream". The band broke up in 2007. Of course, a huge part of the appeal of this film - which came out in 1992 - has always been the iconic soundtrack, which includes contributions from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains and more - mostly from before the bands were really famous.