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. In 2003, Culture Club remastered and re-released their back catalogue of albums, with restored original album covers, liner notes and bonus tracks. 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. Culture Club reformed in 1998, released Don't Mind If I Do in 1999, had a few Top 40 UK hits, and are rumoured to be working on a new album, due to be released in 2005. He sold over 50 million records. A sober George launched a solo career in 1987, releasing a few hits on both sides of the Atlantic. Boy George is now a respected dance music DJ. Cornell got his start with trumpeter Red Nichols and big band leader Sammy Kaye before going solo. While fighting his addiction, Culture Club broke up.

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. Michael Rudetski, keyboardist for From Luxury to Heartache died of a heroin overdose in George's home only a few days after his arrest; Rudetski's parents later filed legal action against George. In 1986, George announced his addiction and was soon thereafter arrested on charges of possession of cannabis. The band's comeback album, From Luxury to Heartache was a moderate success. During a 1985 break from the band, Boy George became addicted to heroin and his romantic relationship with Moss began to suffer.

Its follow-up, Waking Up With the House on Fire was relatively unsuccessful in America but still a British hit, reaching #2 there. Culture Club's popularity greatly expanded with the release of "Karma Chameleon" and Colour By Numbers in 1983. The band's debut LP, Kissing to Be Clever, was also a hit and, by 1983, both the album and song were entering the American charts. In 1982, Culture Club signed with Virgin Records and released two unsuccessful singles before the breakthrough success of "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", a massive British hit.

Sude was replaced by Roy Hay (of Russian Bouquet) and recorded some demos for EMI, but this did not result in a contract. After Jon Moss (drums, of Adam & the Ants and The Damned) joined, the group became known as Culture Club. He then formed In Praise of Lemmings with Mikey Craig (bass), which became the Sex Gang Children after the addition of Jon Juede (guitar). Boy George (real name George Alan O'Dowd), an active cross-dresser in London in the 1970s, got his professional start as an early member of Bow Wow Wow.

Culture Club were a pop and New Romantic band primarily active in the 1980s. ISBN 0345322169. New York: Ballantine Books. Culture Club.

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