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Today marks the 23rd anniversary of one of the 90s musician's demise. Shannon Hoon was a singer-songwriter and musician. In 1985, he left Indiana for Los Angeles at age 18. From there, he met musicians Brad Smith and Roger Stevens at a party. Brad and Roger saw Hoon perform his song "Change" acoustically and invited him to play with them. Christopher Thorn and Glen Graham were then brought into the fold, and by 1990 they decided to from Blind Melon. The band was possibly named for a term Smith's father used to describe the neighborhood stoners; or for Blind Melon Chitlin, a character from a Cheech & Chong album. In Los Angeles, Hoon befriended his sister Anna's high school friend Axl Rose, who invited him to join him in the studio where his band Guns N' Roses were recording their albums Use Your Illusion parts 1 and 2 (both released in 1991). He sang backing vocals on several tracks including "The Garden" and "Don't Cry" in which Hoon was featured in the video for. In 1992, Blind Melon released their self-titled debut album, spawning a single hit "No Rain". In the summer of 1992, the video for the song "No Rain" focused on a theme of the "normal" crowd versus the lonely outcast. It featured a young girl played by Heather DeLoach (who was referred to as 'Bee Girl') in a bee costume tap-dancing to unappreciative audiences, who finally finds an entire crowd of people similarly dressed who welcome her. Blind Melon went multi-platinum. In 1993, Hoon was arrested for indecent exposure after he disrobed onstage and urinated on a fan at a show in Vancouver. In 1994, the band appeared at Woodstock '94 where Hoon allegedly high on LSD went onstage wearing his girlfriend's white dress. After taking a hiatus from touring, they returned to the studio to record the album "Soup" which was released in 1995.
Shannon Hoon died of a drug overdose at age 28 on Oct. 21, 1995. .
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RIP, Hoon. You will always be remembered.
Richard Shannon Hoon
9/26/67 - 10/21/95