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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late R&B singer "Big Joe" Turner, who was born in 1911; Perry Como in 1912; Rodney Dillard of The Dillards in 1942 (age 60); Albert Hammond, who had a top-five hit in 1972 with "It Never Rains in Southern California," also in
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, May 18 through May 24.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop music

DICK CLARK VS. MICHAEL GREENE
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS
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News from the entertainment capital

'BLACK HAWK DOWN,' 'BEDROOM' LEAD FIELD OF AFI NOMINEES
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

NO DOUBT
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

BRITNEY SPEARS
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Rock News Two: The week in pop music

THE BEATLES
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Gene Simmons' full plate

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- With his legendary glam rock band, KISS, on its farewell tour, Gene Simmons has a full plate for the rest of the year -- a KISS box set, a memoir and a show on
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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

MICHAEL JACKSON
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Rock News Two: The week in pop music

'THE CONCERT FOR NEW YORK'
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Gene Simmons
American singer/bass player Gene Simmons performs with Kiss at Wembley Arena in London on May 12, 2010. UPI/Rune Hellestad
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Gene Simmons (born Chaim Weitz Hebrew: חיים ויץ‎; August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-American rock bassist, singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and businessman. Known as "The Demon", he is the bassist/vocalist of Kiss, a hard rock band he co-founded in the early 1970s.

Simmons was ranked number 12 in Roadrunner's list of 50 Best Frontmen in Metal History.

Chaim Weitz (later Gene Simmons) was born at the Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel in 1949. Mother and children emigrated to Jackson Heights, Queens in New York City when he was eight years old. His mother Flóra Klein (formerly Kovács) was born in Jánd, Hungary. The German name Klein (means: small) is sometimes used informally in Hungarian as Kiss, that gave the rock band's name. Florence and her brother, Larry Klein, were the only members of the family to survive the Holocaust. Simmons' father, Feri Witz, also Hungarian-born, remained in Israel. Simmons says the family was "dirt poor," scraping by on bread and milk. In the United States, Simmons changed his name to Eugene Klein (later Gene Klein), adopting his mother's maiden name. He attended Yeshiva Torah Vodaath in Williamsburg, Brooklyn as a child, from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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