Gene Simmons co-founded KISS 38 years ago.
KISS continues to be the juggernaut of licensing/merchandising, with over 2,500 licenses. KISS has broken box office records set by the Beatles and Elvis and continues stronger than ever, and has been America’s number one gold record award winning group of all time. (RIAA).
Published his own magazine, GENE SIMMONS TONGUE (Sterling/McFadden).
Gene Simmons was born in Haifa, Israel in 1949, and is the only child of his mother, a German Nazi Concentration Camp survivor. He came to America at eight and a half years of age.
He has always attributed his ethics, morals and drive to his mother’s notion’s about life. “Every day above ground, is a good day,” his mother is apt to say. Every day above ground, indeed.
He graduated State University (NYSU) and City University (CUNY) and got a Bachelor of Education degree. He taught sixth grade in Spanish Harlem in New York City.
He then became the Assistant to the Director of the Puerto Rican InterAgency Council, a government funded research and demonstration project.
He worked at Glamour and then at Vogue, as the assistant to the editor, Kate Lloyd.
Gene speaks a few languages: English, Hungarian, Hebrew, German and is getting better at Japanese every day. At present, he is becoming fascinated by Mandarin Chinese and has every intention of becoming fluent in it.
After 28 years of Happily Unmarried Bliss, Gene and Shannon Tweed got married on October 1, 2011 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
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