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4 Non Blondes Biography

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Birth Place: San Francisco, California, United States
Years Active: 1989–1995
Genres: Alternative Rock, Blues-rock, Psychedelic Rock, Hard Rock

4 Non Blondes was an alternative rock band that formed in San Francisco, California in 1989. 4 Non Blondes began when roommates, bassist Christa Hillhouse and guitarist Shaunna Hall, met drummer Day and started playing together as a trio. After stumbling across vocalist and guitarist Linda Perry singing in a local nightclub in San Francisco, the trio decided to ask her to join them as their lead singer.

After building a reputation locally, 4 Non Blondes were signed to Interscope Records in 1991 after a performance opening up for Primus at the Gavin Convention Center. The band's debut album, “Bigger Better Faster, More!” arrived in 1993 and spurred the hit single, “What's Up.” The band became an overnight sensation with the success of, “What's Up?” Despite the band's success with their hit song, the album sales were poor, which left the band discouraged as they entered the studio to work on their second album. “What's Up?” became the band's only major hit with Perry leaving in 1994 to pursue a solo career. This resulted in the remaining members disbanding during the recording of their second album.

Perry went on to have a successful career as a writer and produce for other female artists, such as Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love and Kelly Osbourne. In addition, Perry has released three solo albums, 1995’s “In Flight,” 1999’s“After Hours” and 2011’s “8 Songs About A girl.” Hall went on to record, produce and compose for other artists, including Storm Large, Eric McFadden, and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Sadly, Day died in 2007 from an apparent drug overdose.