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Gene Simmons Dead at 69

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Before you get your high-heeled thigh-high devil boots in a bunch, just know that there are other Gene Simmons's and the most famous of all is not 69.

The one who passed away yesterday had a Top 20 hit in 1964 called "Haunted House" and was signed to Sun Records which meant that he had a chance to work with Sam Phillips and Mr. Elvis Aaron Presley.

A true singer/songwriter, Simmons wrote or co-wrote more than 100 songs, that were recorded by many of the greats in country music from Barbara Mandrell, to Mel Tillis, to Hank Jr. In fact Tim McGraw's first hit was "Indian Outlaw" in 1994, which was penned by Simmons and Tommy Barnes.

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Our condolences to the family of "Jumpin'" Gene Simmons of Mississippi as well as the other Gene Simmons, the LA resident, whose phone must be ringing off the hook right now.