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Shannon Hoon

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Although one of the biggest rock tragedies from the ’90s will forever be the suicide of Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, there is another super-talented musician who died throughout that decade, but is sadly often overlooked — Blind Melon’s Shannon Hoon. Created Sept 26, 1967 in Lafayette, IN, Hoon started performing and playing music as an adolescent, not only is it a star senior high school athlete (wrestling, pole vaulting, etc.) and troublemaker (he was caught many times). He remaining Lafayette in 1990 for LA, where he quickly created Blind Melon with guitarists Rogers Stevens and Christopher Thorn, bassist Brad Smith, and drummer Glen Graham. Whereas the music picture in L.A. at that time was centered on glam metallic, Blind Melon rebelled against it, searching back again to such early-’70s vintage rockers as Led Zeppelin, Lynyrd Skynyrd, as well as the Grateful Deceased for motivation. Hoon’s angelic tone of voice was often in comparison to Janis Joplin’s (he was also a talented lyricist), as well as the group made an instant hype in L.A., ultimately leading to a list cope with Capitol Information. Although the music group would tour within an MTV 120 A few minutes deal tour (alongside Live, Community Image Small, and Big Sound Dynamite) in early 1992, their debut record wouldn’t be released until afterwards in the entire year. Hoon also guested being a support vocalist on Weapons N’ Roses’ overblown Make use of Your Illusion established, he was also contained in the video for “Don’t Cry.” Following the discharge of Blind Melon’s debut in 1992, the quintet strike the road for almost two years, starting for such mixed serves as Lenny Kravitz, Soundgarden, Neil Youthful, Ozzy Osbourne, Weapons N’ Roses, as well as the Moving Stones. After getting on tour for pretty much per year, their debut record became a significant strike (eventually offering three million copies within the U.S. only) on the effectiveness of their strike one/video “No Rainfall.” Despite their newfound achievement, rumors started circulating that Hoon was creating a medication issue — as evidenced by many arrests for this period. Hoon is at and away from a few medication rehabs before the discharge of the sophomore work, 1995’s Soup. His partner also gave delivery to some baby little girl, which appeared to reinvigorate Hoon, who informed friends at that time that he hoped to obtain his life to be able so he could possibly be there for his little girl. Despite Soup being truly a fine record (albeit very much darker and complicated compared to the debut), it wasn’t a huge strike within the U.S.; actually, it had been panned by most critics. non-etheless, Blind Melon started a tour to get the recording in Sept of 1995. Additional bandmembers asked Hoon if he was in form to tour therefore immediately after his rehab remains, and he guaranteed them that he was. Sadly, this didn’t end up being the situation: for the morning hours of Oct 21, 1995, Hoon was discovered dead of the overdose within the band’s tour bus in New Orleans. Needlessly to say, the band split up, however, not before issuing one last recording a year later on like a tribute to Hoon, Nico (called after his baby girl) made up of demos/outtakes, along with a grammy-nominated house video, Characters from a Porcupine. Hoon’s loss of life remains among rock’s great tragedies — it really appeared as if he had a lot of great music however to generate and explore.

Quick Facts


Full Name Shannon Hoon
Died October 21, 1995, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Profession Singer-songwriter
Education McCutcheon High School
Nationality American
Spouse Lisa Crouse
Children Nico Blue
Parents Richard Hoon, Nel Hoon
Siblings Tim Forkeotes, Anna Quattrocki
Music Groups Blind Melon
Music Songs No Rain, Change, Mouthful of Cavities, Tones of Home, Galaxie, Toes Across the Floor, I Wonder, Sleepyhouse, St. Andrew’s Fall, Paper Scratcher, Dear Ol' Dad, Skinned, Walk, Soak the Sin, Candy Says, 2 x 4, Seed to a Tree, Vernie, Holyman, Deserted, The Duke, Time, Car Seat, Lemonade, Wilt, Wooh D.O.G., New Life, Drive, Dumptruck, Wooh G.O.D., Working Class Hero, Mother
Albums Soup, Blind Melon
Movies Letters from a Porcupine, Blind Melon: Live at the Metro


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#Fact
1 His first band was Styff Kytten, a cover band from his home town Lafayette.
2 He was good friends with Axl Rose and even sang back-up vocals to the UYI albums.
3 Died of a cocaine overdose while on tour, only 8 weeks after the release of Blind Melon's 2nd album, "Soup".
4 Is buried in Dayton, Indiana.
5 Had one daughter named Nico. Blind Melon's last album, "Nico", released after Shannon Hoon's death, is named after his daughter.
6 Lead singer of the rock band, Blind Melon.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
New Girl 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Being Erica 2009 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Remember the Daze 2007 writer: "Seed to a Tree" - as Richard Hoon
Without a Paddle 2004 "No Rain"
Private Parts 1997 writer: "No Rain"
Beavis and Butt-Head 1995 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Rain 1992 Short Lead Singer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
No Rain 2008 Himself
Blind Melon's Letters from a Porcupine 1996 Video Himself (Lead Vocals)
Woodstock '94 1995 Video documentary Himself (Blind Melon)
Saturday Night Live 1994 TV Series Himself
MTV Video Music Awards 1993 1993 TV Special Himself - Performer (as Blind Melon)
Guns N' Roses: Makin' [email protected]*!ing Videos Part I - Don't Cry 1993 Video documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vigil 20 the Nel Hoon Story 2015 Documentary filming Himself
SNL: 25 Years of Music 1999 TV Movie Himself (as Blind Melon)
Guns N' Roses: Welcome to the Videos 1998 Video Himself (segment "Don't Cry")

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Long Form Music Video Blind Melon's Letters from a Porcupine (1996) · Glen Graham (artist)
· Brad Smith (artist)
· Rogers Stevens (artist)
· Christopher Thorn (artist)
· Steve MacCorkle (video director)


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#Trademark
1 Often used the phrase in his songs " I"ll have it made "


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