Biography of Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons walking through the San Diego Convention Center


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Biography of Gene Simmons

Rocker Gene Simmons is one of the founding fathers of the American rock bank KISS, which was formed over three decades ago. The band as broken box office records set by the Beatles and Elvis, and has been recognized as America’s number one gold record award winning group in history.

Early Life

Chaim Witz was born in Haifa, Israel in 1949, and grew up in New York City with his mother Florence Klein, a Jewish Hungarian immigrant. His father, Feri Witz, remained in Israel. After arriving in the U.S., Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), and later changed his name in the 1960s to Gene Simmons to honor legendary rock performer Jumpin’ Gene Simmons. Simmons attended Sullivan County Community College in Loch Sheldrake, New York.