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. John Fogerty bought himself out of his contract with Fantasy Records and eventually established a successful solo career. 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. John Fogerty, in an attempt to keep things together, allowed bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug Clifford equal songwriting and vocal time on the band's final album Mardi Gras in 1972, which proved conclusively that Fogerty's songs and vocal style were the key to the band's success. He sold over 50 million records. His brother Tom left the band in 1971, to pursue an ill-fated solo career. Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and big band leader Sammy Kaye before going solo. Due to John Fogerty's success as writer and singer, the other band members began to feel like they were being held back.

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. By 1969, the band really began to find their voice; "Proud Mary" became their second hit single and was followed by a series of hits, including "Bad Moon Rising," "Green River," "Down on the Corner," "Travelin' Band," "Who'll Stop the Rain," "Up Around the Bend," "Fortunate Son," and "Lookin' Out My Back Door.". A cover of "Suzie Q." became their first hit single. The band's first album as Creedence Clearwater Revival was released in 1968. Eventually Tom's younger brother, John Fogerty, took control of the group, writing all of their material and singing lead vocals.

By the mid 1960s, the band signed a record contract, had their name changed to The Golliwogs by record company executives, and released a few obscure singles that failed to get noticed. The band started out as The Blue Velvets, formed by Tom Fogerty in El Cerrito, Contra Costa County, California in the late 1950s. Creedence Clearwater Revival is the name of an American rock band, fronted by John Fogerty. Download sample of "Bad Moon Rising" from Green River.

Live in Europe (1973). Mardi Gras (1972). Pendulum (1970). Cosmo's Factory (1970).

Willy and the Poor Boys (1969). Green River (1969). Bayou Country (1969). Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968).

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