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Haunted House by Jumpin' Gene Simmons

Album: Jumpin' Gene SimmonsReleased: 1964Charted:
11
  • Jumpin' Gene Simmons was the lead singer of the Bill Black Combo in the early '60s (not to be confused with the schoolteacher-turned-KISS member of the '70s, '80s, and '90s).
  • When Hi Records attempted to get Domingo Samudio (later better known at Sam the Sham) to re-record his "Haunted House" (he recorded it for Dingo Records), Simmons volunteered to do the job.
  • Simmons attributed the success of this to the overexposure of British acts on the radio. (thanks, Brad Wind - Miami, FL)
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Comments: 8

On January 9th 1965, Jumpin' Gene Simmons performed "Haunted House" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
Five months earlier on August 8th, 1964 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on September 20th, 1964 it peaked at #11 (for 1 week) and also spent 11 weeks on the Top 100...
On the same 'Bandstand' appearance he performed his only other Top 100 entry, "The Dodo", it stayed on the Top 100 for three weeks, peaking at position #83...
He co-composed Tim McGraw's 1994 #8 Country hit, "Indian Outlaw"...
R.I.P. Mr. Simmons, born Morris Eugene Simmons, (1933 - 2006).
Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
My ex father in law played bass on the recording. He was offered a piece of the profits or just his regular $50 studio pay. He opted for the studio pay and still regrets it.Wayne - Gulfport, Ms
does anybody else hear him say.."the grease was melting in my hand...instead of "pan"....love the song......I just always hear thatTim - Cary, Nc
Just missed making the Top Ten, peaking at #11. Had only one other record to make the Top 100, "Dodo", which peaked at #83!!!Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
This song was performed by Bruce Springsteen during 'The River' tour on October 31st, 1980 in Los Angeles, CA. It was a Halloween show and Bruce was carried onstage in a coffin.Barry - Sauquoit, Ny
I could'nt find this song for the longest time, thank you for making my day-month-year!. Just can't get the song out of my head.Chuck Celaya - Chicago, Il
A classic!!! If you like novelty tunes that are hilarious, this is the song for you.Farrah - Elon, Nc
Ain't no HAIN'T gonna scare me off !

Gotta love it baby !
Steve - Salt Lake City, Ut