Friday, September 01, 2006

RIP: Gene Simmons

RIP: Gene Simmons RIP: Gene Simmons. "...Gene Simmons was born in Tupelo, Mississippi and moved to Memphis, Tennessee in 1958. While playing different clubs in the Memphis area in his early years, Gene's unique style and down to earth manner caught the prized attention of Sam Phillips, owner of the infamous 'Sun Records' company. It would just be a matter of days before the fast-acting Sam Phillips would add Gene to his impressive list of stars signed with Sun Records: Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Charlie Rich.
As his musical career was continuing to develop, Gene was approached and joined the famous "Bill Black Combo" as lead singer. Together, the Combo gained national attention and made appearances on popular television shows which, of course, included 'The Ed Sullivan Show' and 'American Bandstand.'" Also.. I Done Told You (B-side 1958, Sun 299 .mp3 audio sample 00:35) from the Gene Simmons Discography at Rockin' Country Style.