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February 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

The little-known link between Shirley Temple Black and the Melvins

Who would ever guess that there was a connection between iconic child star Shirley Temple Black, who died this past February 10 at age 85, and the godfathers of grunge, one-time Pacific Northwest residents the Melvins?

The Melvins' 1992 major label debut, "Houdini," featured contributions from Lori Lorax (Shirley Temple Black's daughter) and Kurt Cobain. (Atlantic Records)

The Melvins’ 1992 major label debut, “Houdini,” featured contributions from Lori Lorax (Shirley Temple Black’s daughter) and Kurt Cobain. (Atlantic Records)

Yet odd as it may seem, Melvins lead singer and guitarist Buzz Osborne dated Black’s youngest daughter, Lori, for four years, during which time, under the name “Lori Lorax,” she also played bass with the group.

Osborne first met Black when the Melvins recorded their first album, “Gluey Porch Treatments,” in the San Francisco Bay Area in late 1986; Black was then dating the album’s producer, Mark Deutrom (who would later join the Melvins himself).

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