Don Cornell

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. He is also remembered as a major character in the documentary homage Divine Trash (1998) by Steve Yeager, covering the life and work of John Waters. 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. Divine died from an enlarged heart. He sold over 50 million records. "Glenn was born before civil rights, gay rights, or women's rights...God doesn't want people created out of a Xerox machine...The tragedy is that Glenn was cut off right at the point of becoming who he really was, and the world will never see how that flower could have unfolded."
—Reverend Leland Higginbotham in his Eulogy at Divine's funeral; Baltimore, Maryland, March, 1988. Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and big band leader Sammy Kaye before going solo. In the 1980s, Glenn's music was a hit through America, Europe, and Australia. His music had progressive house techno beats with energizing lyrics that appealed to synth boppers.

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. Repeating their successful pairing in Polyester, in 1985 Divine appeared opposite Tab Hunter in their bigger hit Lust in the Dust. Divine starred in a number of films, and was particularly well known as being part of the regular crew known as the Dreamlanders that appeared in many of John Waters earlier works such as Pink Flamingos, Female Trouble, Polyester, and Hairspray. John Waters was a childhood friend who he met while living there. Born to Bernard and Diana Francis Milstead, at the age of 12 the family moved to Lutherville, a suburb of Baltimore.

Harris Glenn Milstead (October 19, 1945 Towson, Maryland - March 7, 1988) was better known by his drag persona Divine. ISBN 1555835945. Los Angeles: Alyson Books. My Son Divine.

Milstead, Frances; Heffernan, Kevin; and Yeager, Steve (2001). ISBN 0-671-88467-0. New York: Fireside. Not Simply Divine.

Jay, Bernard (1994). "Walk Like a Man" (1985). "I'm So Beautiful" (1984). "You Think You're a Man" (1984).

"Shake It Up" (1983). "Love Reaction" (1983). "Shoot Your Shot" (1982). "Native Love (Step by Step)" (1982).

The Best of Divine (1997) (compilation). The Originals and the Remixes (1996) (2 CD compilation). Shoot Your Shot (1995). Born to Be Bad (1995) (live).

The 12" Collection (1993) (compilation). The Best Of & The Rest Of (1989) (compilation). Maid In England (1988). The Story So Far (1984).

Jungle Jezebel (1982). My First Album (1982). Out of the Dark (1989). Hairspray (1988).

Lust in the Dust (1985). Trouble in Mind (1985). Polyester (1981). Female Trouble (1974).

Pink Flamingos (1972) (aka John Waters' Pink Flamingos). Multiple Maniacs (1970). The Diane Linkletter Story (1969). Mondo Trasho (1969).

Eat Your Makeup (1968).

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