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Singer and Bassist for KISS
Producer, Actor/Actress, Soundtrack
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Newton High School, Queens, New York, USA
BA Education, Sullivan Community College, Platskill, New York, USA, Richmond College, Staten Island, New York, USA
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7 inch tongue
Nick Simmons (son), Sophie Simmons (daughter)
Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss
Flóra "Florence" Klein
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Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz (Hebrew: חיים ויץ, born August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author and television personality of Hungarian Jewish descent. Also known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bassist and co-lead singer of Kiss, the rock band he co-founded with lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley in the early 1970s.
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Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz; Hebrew: חיים ויץ; August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and actor. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the bass guitarist/co-lead vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s. With Kiss, Simmons has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide.
Chaim Witz was born at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel, in 1949. With his mother, he emigrated to Jackson Heights, Queens, in New York City, at the age of eight, speaking no English. His mother Flóra "Florence" Klein (formerly Kovács) was born in Jánd, Hungary. The name Klein, which means "small" in German, is sometimes used informally in Hungarian as Kis; this however, did not give the band its name. Florence and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust. Simmons' father, Feri Witz, also Hungarian-born, remained in Israel, where he had one other son and three daughters. Simmons says the family was "dirt poor", scraping by on bread and milk. In the United States, Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), adopting his mother's maiden name. He was a part of Yeshiva Torah Vodaas in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a child, from 7:00 am to 9:30 pm.
Before his musical career began, Simmons worked a variety of jobs in the New York City area. An "excellent typist", he served as an assistant to an editor of fashion magazine Vogue and also spent several months as a sixth-grade instructor on the Upper West Side.
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Hard rock, Heavy Metal
Vocals, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Keyboards, Drums
Kiss, Wicked Lester
www.genesimmons.com, www.nndb.com/people/151/000023082/, www.biography.com/people/gene-simmons-14445694
Heavy metal, hard rock
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