Born in Tupelo, Mississippi, Gene Simmons started out his recording career at Sun Records and was the opening act for Elvis – but had little musical recording success while at the label.
He stepped up and recorded a cover version of bluesman Johny Fuller’s 1958 tune “Haunted House” when Sam the Sham was asked to do it for the HI Label. This cover became Jumpin’ (tagged so because of his stage performance) Gene’s only top 4o hit in his career.
Read Mr. Simmons Obituary at MSNBC to learn more about him.
Now have a listen to, Mississippi born, Johnny Fuller’s original 1958 performance of the Robert Geddins composition and check in to let me know which of the two presented here today that you prefer.
This song has been covered many more times over last forty years, so if you prefer a different cover of “Haunted House” please do write in and share it with the OSML.
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