Don Cornell stage name of Luigi Francisco Varlaro (April 21, 1919 in New York City - February 23, 2004 in Aventura, Florida) was a popular singer of the 1940s and 1950s.
Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and big band leader Sammy Kaye before going solo. He sold over 50 million records. Among his hits were "It Isn't Fair," "I'm Yours," "I'll Walk Alone," and "Hold My Hand." In 1993, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame.
He died of advanced emphysema and diabetes.
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He died of advanced emphysema and diabetes. Murphy also has been stricken with cancer, and is organizing a Death tribute album to be released this year. Among his hits were "It Isn't Fair," "I'm Yours," "I'll Walk Alone," and "Hold My Hand." In 1993, he was inducted into the Big Band Hall of Fame. James Murphy has formed numerous projects such as Disincarnate and has made a name for himself. He sold over 50 million records. DiGiorgio is now a permanent member of both Sadus and Testament. Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and big band leader Sammy Kaye before going solo. Ralph Santolla also ended up with Iced Earth, as did Steve DiGiorgio momentarily.
Don Cornell stage name of Luigi Francisco Varlaro (April 21, 1919 in New York City - February 23, 2004 in Aventura, Florida) was a popular singer of the 1940s and 1950s. Richard Christy went on to gigs with Acheron and Iced Earth before joining the Howard Stern Show. Others went on to do so, such as Sean Reinert, who formed the legendary Cynic with fellow Death member Paul Masvidal. Ironically, both of these pioneering death metal musicians have ended up in a sensitive pop band laced with delicate guitars and Masvidal's soft croon, named Aeon Spoke. Some, such as Gene Hoglan from Dark Angel and Andy LaRocque from King Diamond, already had made a name for themselves. The members of Death have dispersed all throughout the landscape of extreme metal.
But their markedly unfinished state and lack of vocals led few to pay attention to what was obviously an unlistenable product. In 2004, Hammerheart Records released a CD made up of both old, pre Scream Bloody Gore demos, and partial demos of the unfinished album, under the name Chuck Schuldiner, not Death. The second Control Denied release is yet to be completed and is mired in a variety of odd legal problems involving their label, Chuck's mother, and the musicians who have publicly stated their desire to complete the album. And as he worked on the second release, the disease overcame him, and he passed from this earth.
As Chuck finished their debut album, he was stricken with brain cancer, forcing them to scrap plans for a tour. Clendenin was cashiered in favor of Steve DiGiorgio, who was once again available, and an underground power metal singer named Tim Aymar. After the album and a supporting tour, Chuck dissolved Death to pursue Control Denied with Christy and Hamm from his last album. Somehow this did not pan out, and he reformed the band with Florida musicians Richard Christy, Shannon Hamm, and Scott Clendenin, to record 1998's The Sound of Perseverance with his new label Nuclear Blast.
After Symbolic, Chuck dissolved the band and all ties with Roadrunner Records and began writing songs for Control Denied. Afterwards, for 1995's Symbolic, Santolla and DiGiorgio were cashiered for Kelly Conlon and Bobby Koelbe, underground Florida musicians. Chuck replaced them with Gene Hoglan of the recently dissolved thrash metal band Dark Angel, and for Individual Thought Patterns, worked with guitarist Andy LaRocque from King Diamond, LaRocque being obligated to his band, Chuck hired Ralph Santolla as touring guitarist. In 1993, Reinert and Masvidal left the group to continue with Cynic, Chuck being unable to persuade them otherwise.
1991's Human was their best selling album yet, receiving many accolades and some MTV play. Chuck hired Steve DiGiorgio and recruited Sean Reinert and Paul Masvidal from the underground Florida band Cynic. Chuck then abandoned the idea of a band altogether and continued working with session musicians only. However as part of the disagreement, Bill and Terry continued Death to tour Europe and recruited Walter Trachsler (guitar) and Louie Carrisalez (vocals) to replace Chuck, much to Chuck's disgust.
Soon, in 1990 the entire band dissolved once again. More and more melody was added to the band. Chuck abandoned the "gore" lyrical theme for more social critique and the musical style progressed from simple brutal death metal to complex, technical death metal. With whom in 1990 the third album was recorded: Spiritual Healing.
A replacement was found in James Murphy. But soon thereafter, Rick Rozz was fired in 1989 after lots of gigging around. In 1988, that lineup recorded the Leprosy album. Terry Butler, and Bill Andrews.
There he teamed up with former bandmate Rick Rozz, and two members of Rick's band Massacre viz. The album was a great success, but nevertheless, Chuck decided to move back to Florida, leaving Chris Reifert behind. He teamed up with a second guitar player named John Hand, who however never played anything for Death, but showed up on the album cover. The Scream Bloody Gore album was released in 1987.
This enabled them to record the first LP. They recorded the "Mutilation" demo, which led to a deal with Combat Records. He returned to Florida, but then moved quickly to San Francisco, where he joined with Chris Reifert. This only lasted two weeks, as he found out it was not his thing.
There, in 1986, he got an invitation from Slaughter to play on their album, which he accepted and so he moved to Canada. But he was not happy with this incarnation of Death and moved back to Florida, without a band. Chuck moved to San Fransisco and recruted DRI's drummer Eric Bregt. However, a drummer could not be found; the band dissolved again.
Then, Chuck fired Kam and Rick in favour of Repulsion's bassist and guitarist, Scott Carlson and Matt Olivio. In 1985, the Infernal Death tape was recorded and released. Another demo was released in called "Reign of Terror". New members were found by the same Rick Rozz and Kam Lee.
In 1984, Chuck, however, dissolved Mantas and quickly started a new band under the name of Death. These tapes along with the "Death by Metal" demo circulated through the tape trader world, quickly establishing the bands name. Together with Barney "Kam" Lee, and Rick Rozz, Chuck started to compose songs that were released on several rehearsal tapes in 1984. They were a part of and helped define the famous Florida death metal scene.
Founded in 1983 by Chuck Schuldiner under the original name of Mantas in Orlando, they pioneered the Death Metal sound along with Morbid Angel, Possessed. Death was an influential death metal band from America. Live In Eindhoven '98 (2001). Live In L.A.: Death & Raw (2001).
Sound Of Perseverance (1998). Symbolic (1995). Individual Thought Patterns (1993). Fate: The Best Of Death (1992).
Human (1991). Spiritual Healing (1990). Leprosy (1988). Scream Bloody Gore (1987).
Mutilation (demo, 1986). Back From The Dead (demo, 1985). Rigor Mortis (demo, 1985). Infernal Death (demo, 1985).
Live At Ruby's Pub (live-demo, 1984). Reign Of Terror (demo, 1984). Death By Metal (demo as Mantas, 1984). Shannon Hamm - guitars (1996-1999).
Scott Clendenin - bass (1996-1999). Richard Christy - drums (1996-1999). Bobby Koelble - guitars (1995). Chris Williams - drums (1996).
Kelly Conlon - bass (1995). Craig Locicero - guitar (1993). Ralph Santolla - guitars (1993). Andy LaRocque (Anders Allhage) - guitars (1993).
Gene Hoglan - drums (1993-1995). Paul Masdival - guitars (1990-1991). Skott Carino - Bass (1991-1992). Sean Reinert - drums (1991-1992).
Louie Carrisalez - vocals (1990). Walter Trachsler - guitar (1990). Steve DiGiorgio - bass (1986, 1991, 1993). James Murphy - guitars (1990).
Bill Andrews - guitars(1987-1990). Terry Butler - bass (1987-1990). Chris Reifert - drums (1986-1987). Albert Gonzalez - guitars (1990).
John Hand - guitars (Never played anything live or on any album) (1987). Eric (last name unknown) - bass (1985). Eric Bregt - drums (1985). Matt Olivio - guitars (1985).
Scott Carlson - Bass (1985). Rick Rozz (Frederick DeLillo) - guitars(1983-1985, 1987-1989). Kam Lee (Barney Lee)- drums, vocals (1983-1985). Chuck Schuldiner - rhythm and lead guitars, vocals, main songwriter (1983-1999).
Time: 1983-1999. Status: Dissolved. Country: USA. Genre: Death metal.