Jumpin' Gene Simmons Dies
HAUNTED HOUSE hitmaker JUMPIN' GENE SIMMONS has died in Mississippi after suffering a long illness. He was 69. The rockabilly singer/songwriter worked with a huge range of stars including ELVIS PRESLEY, as a support act, and country superstar TIM MCGRAW, as a writer, in his 50-year career. He died on Tuesday (29AUG06) at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Simmons is best remembered for 1964 hit HAUNTED HOUSE. The novelty track reached number 11 on the Billboard pop chart and spawned a world tour. More recently (94), he co-wrote INDIAN OUTLAW for MCGraw. Simmons is survived by his son, mother, a sister, and two brothers.