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JUMPIN' GENE SIMMONS
THE KISS OF COUNTRY
Inside Nashville Country Music Radio Show With Special Guest, Jumpin' 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 "Sun Records". 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 joined the famous "Bill Black Combo" as lead singer. Together, the Combo gained national attention and made appearances on popular television shows like "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "American Bandstand." Their performances continued to gain favor with the public until the untimely death of Bill Black. Gene soon signed with "Hi Records" and made a name for himself shortly after release of the whimsical and delightful "Haunted House" in 1964. It would be his first hit and launch him on a world tour.
Returning to the states, the creative international star turned his talents to song writing. Barbara Mandrell, Mel Tillis, Gene Watson, Billy Joe Spears and a host of other Nashville recording artists did Gene proud with their renditions of his songs.
The 1980's saw the resurgence of "Old Time Rock 'N Roll" abroad which brought about the re-issue of Gene's entire catalog of recordings throughout Europe. Once again Gene would find himself touring away from home-this time bringing his 50's and 60's hits to a new generation of fans. In 1994 Tim McGraw had his first hit with Indian Outlaw which was written by Gene Simmons and Tommy Barnes. In the last few years Gene has had songs recorded by many of today's biggest artist including Hank Williams, Jr., and Ken Mellons.
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