Temple of the Dog

Chris Cornell had the concept for the album as a tribute for his former roommate, the late Andrew Wood. The group's name came from a lyric Wood wrote "Man of Golden Words." Brian Huttenhower brought Temple of the Dog to A&M Records. Recorded in late 1990 by members of Soundgarden and Pearl Jam and released on April 16, 1991. It was reissued in 1992 with a video for "Hunger Strike."

In 2015, the album became the subject of a frivolous law suit. Chris Cornell told Billboard, "A&M Records paid for the recordings and the use of the studio." Raj Parashar who bought the recording studio where the album was made claimed he owned the master tapes. A&M contended that it bought the master tapes and all rights to them in 1993 for $35,000 and believed the tapes had been turned over to the band.

  1. Chris Cornell Says Studio Owner Has No Right to the Temple of the Dog Masters. Associated Press, April 15, 2015.
Recording Years / Label
1991 -  A&M Records
Name Member Years Instruments
Chris Cornell 1991 vocals, banjo, harmonica
Eddie Vedder 1991 vocals
Jeff Ament 1991 bass
Matt Cameron 1991 drums
Mike McCready 1991 guitar
Stone Gossard 1991 guitar
Name Birth Death
Chris Cornell 1964-07-20 2017-05-18
Eddie Vedder 1966-12-23
Jeff Ament 1963-03-10
Matt Cameron 1962-11-28
Mike McCready 1965-04-05
Stone Gossard 1966-07-20

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