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Happy birthday, Chris Cornell! The Soundgarden frontman would have been 56 today (July 20). Thank you, Chris, for the decades of amazing music and joy you brought Soundgarden fans across the world.

In honor of his birthday, here are five interesting facts about Cornell and some special photos below.

1. Cornell was a huge Beatles fan. As a child, he was known to listen to the Beatles all the time after finding a collection of Beatles albums in a neighbor’s house.

2. Before Soundgarden, Cornell was in a cover band in Seattle called “The Shemps.”

3. He was voted “Rock’s Greatest Singer” by the readers of “Guitar World” magazine. Agreed!

4. He wrote and performed the theme song for the James Bond movie: “You Know My Name” for Casino Royale.

5. His full name is actually Christopher John Boyle. Chris Cornell has a better ring!

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Omar Epps (47)
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Lost star Josh ‘Sawyer’ Holloway (51)
Pearl Jam’s Stone Gossard (54)
Terri Irwin, widow of Steve Irwin, (56)
Donna Dixon (63)
Carlos Santana (73)
Kim Carnes (75)

Anne Erickson's love for music drew her into radio, and she started shortly after graduating from MSU. She has a passion for rock and metal, plus local music. She also fronts the band Upon Wings. Email Anne at erickson@WRIF.com, follow her on Instagram at @EricksonAnne and tweet at her @AnneErickson!