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Richard Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
(September 26, 1967 – October 21, 1995) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer of the band Blind Melon
Blind Melon
until his death in 1995.[2]

Contents

1 Early life 2 Blind Melon 3 Personal life and death 4 References 5 Bibliography 6 External links

Early life[edit]

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Hoon was born in Lafayette, Indiana
Lafayette, Indiana
and raised in nearby Dayton, Indiana with his half-sister, Anna, and half-brother, Tim. He reportedly began using his middle name, Shannon, to avoid confusion with his father, who was also named Richard. In high school, he played football, wrestled, and was a pole vaulter. Shannon's musical influences included the Grateful Dead, The Beatles, John Lennon, and Bob Dylan. After graduating from McCutcheon High School in 1985, Hoon joined a local glam metal band named Styff Kytten, which also featured guitarist Michael Kelsey. He took on the role of frontman and lead singer of the band. It was around this time that he wrote his first song and called it "Change." He was also a member of the Lafayette band Mank Rage, along with David Lank and Darren Mickler, during this time. Blind Melon[edit]

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In 1985, Hoon, 18, left Indiana for Los Angeles.[3] In Los Angeles, he met musicians Brad Smith and Rogers Stevens at a party. Smith and Stevens saw Hoon perform his song "Change" acoustically and invited Hoon to play with them. Christopher Thorn and Glen Graham were then brought into the fold, and by 1990 the five musicians decided to form Blind Melon. The band was possibly named for a term Smith's father used to describe the neighborhood stoners; or for Blind Melon
Blind Melon
Chitlin, a character from a Cheech & Chong album.[contradictory] In 1990, the new bandmates produced a four-song demo tape and subsequently signed a $500,000 recording contract with Capitol Records. In Los Angeles, Hoon befriended his sister Anna's high school friend, Axl Rose. Rose invited Hoon to join him in the studio, where his band Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
were recording their albums Use Your Illusion I
Use Your Illusion I
and Use Your Illusion II (both released in 1991). Hoon sang backing vocals on several of the tracks, including "The Garden" and "Don't Cry." Rose also invited Hoon to appear in the video for "Don't Cry." In 1992, Blind Melon
Blind Melon
released their self-titled debut album produced by Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
producer Rick Parashar. Blind Melon
Blind Melon
began touring to promote the album, supporting and opening for acts like Ozzy Osbourne, Guns N' Roses, and Soundgarden
Soundgarden
over the course of 1992–1993. In the summer of 1992, the video for the album track "No Rain" was released as a single. The video for "No Rain" focused on a theme of the "normal" crowd versus the lonely outcast. It featured a young girl, played by Heather DeLoach, in a bee costume, tap dancing to unappreciative audiences, who finally finds an entire crowd of people similarly dressed who welcome her. The video is often referred to as the 'Bee Girl'. Blind Melon
Blind Melon
went multi-platinum. Hoon and Blind Melon
Blind Melon
spent the next two years touring. In 1993, Hoon was arrested for indecent exposure after he disrobed onstage and urinated on a fan at a show in Vancouver.[4] In 1994, Blind Melon
Blind Melon
appeared at Woodstock '94
Woodstock '94
where Hoon, allegedly high on LSD, went onstage wearing his girlfriend's white dress.[5] After taking a hiatus from touring, Blind Melon
Blind Melon
returned to the studio to record the album Soup in New Orleans. Soup was released in 1995. Personal life and death[edit]

Gravesite of Shannon Hoon

On July 11, 1995, Hoon and his girlfriend, Lisa Crouse, had a daughter named Nico Blue.[6] Before the birth of his daughter, Hoon entered rehab again. In August, Blind Melon
Blind Melon
planned to tour to support their album Soup, so Hoon allowed a drug counselor to accompany him on the road.[7] The counselor, unable to keep Hoon from relapsing, was dismissed days before Hoon's death. After a disappointing performance in Houston on October 20, Hoon launched himself into an all-night drug binge.[7] The next day, Saturday, October 21, 1995, Blind Melon
Blind Melon
was scheduled to play a show in New Orleans
New Orleans
at Tipitina's. The band's sound engineer, Lyle Eaves, went to the tour bus to awaken Hoon for a sound check, but Hoon was unresponsive. An ambulance arrived, and Hoon was pronounced dead at the scene, at the age of 28.[8] The cause of death was attributed to a cocaine overdose. Hoon was buried at Dayton Cemetery in Dayton, Indiana. His grave is inscribed with a line from Blind Melon's song "Change", the first song he wrote:

“ I know we can't all stay here forever So I want to write my words on the face of today and they'll paint it

On November 12, 1996, Blind Melon
Blind Melon
released their final album featuring Hoon, Nico, as a tribute to him with all proceeds going to his daughter and to programs helping musicians deal with drug problems. The band also released a video called Letters From A Porcupine that was nominated for 'Best Long Form Music Video' at the Grammy Awards
Grammy Awards
on February 25, 1997. On September 17, 2008, the book A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
and Blind Melon
Blind Melon
by Greg Prato was published.[9] References[edit]

^ Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
- AllMusic ^ Death of lead singer Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
hasn't stopped Blind Melon's music JOHN WIRT. Advocate – Baton Rouge, La. November 8, 1995 ^ "Obituary: Shannon Hoon". The Independent. Retrieved 2015-10-21.  ^ Promoter Tears Strip Off Naked Rocker, Pamela Fayerman, Vancouver Sun, November 2, 199w. Retrieved 2010-08-17. ^ "Dazed and Confused: 10 Classic Drugged-Out Shows, Blind Melon
Blind Melon
at Woodstock, 1994 - LSD". Rolling Stone. Rolling Stone Magazine. Retrieved 2015-10-21.  ^ "The Homecoming, His Mother Feared Rock's Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
Wouldn't Make It Back Alive; Tragically, She Was Right". People Magazine. 1995-11-06. Retrieved 2015-10-21.  ^ a b " Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
1967–1995". Rolling Stone. November 30, 1995. Retrieved August 13, 2012.  ^ "Tippecanoe Public Library Local Newspaper Birth, Death, Engagement and Marriage Index Genealogy Resources". Retrieved January 4, 2008.  ^ A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
and: Greg Prato: 9780615252391: Amazon.com: Books

Bibliography[edit]

Prato, Greg (2008). A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon
Shannon Hoon
and Blind Melon. Createspace. ISBN 0-615-25239-7. Weitz, Brad (2012). From Your Friends – Art, Photos and Stories Inspired by Blind Melon. Lulu. Weitz, Brad/Mester, Csaba (2012). Sweet Meloncholy. Take On 1 or 2 / Garage Art. ISBN 978-0-615-74029-4.

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Studio albums

Blind Melon Soup Nico For My Friends

Compilations/Appearances

Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks Classic Masters The Best of Blind Melon

Live albums

Live at the Palace

Videos

Letters from a Porcupine

Songs

"Tones of Home" "No Rain" "Galaxie" "Three Is a Magic Number"

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