Peter Criss

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Peter Criss
Peter Criss 1995.jpg
Peter Criss, 1995
Background information
Birth nameGeorge Peter John Criscuola
Born(1945-12-20)December 20, 1945
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
GenresHard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
Years active1970-present
Associated actsKiss

Peter Criss (b. December 20, 1945, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American drummer. He was one of the first member of the band Kiss.

Biography[change | change source]

Criss was born George Peter John Criscuola. He is of Italian descent. His parents were Joseph and Loretta Criscuolo. Criss was a student of art and jazz. He got his start in music in the pop rock group Chelsea. They recorded an album in 1970.

Kiss[change | change source]

In 1972 Peter began his career in the band Kiss. The band included Paul Stanley on guitar and Gene Simmons on bass, and Ace Frehley as a first guitar. With the painted faces, in 1973 released their first album Kiss. The album was very successful. Peter Criss proved to be a good singer. He wrote and sang the ballad "Beth". On the band's third album, Dressed to Kill (1975), Criss sang the song "Getaway", written by Ace Frehley. In 1980 Peter Criss released his last album as the drummer of Kiss Unmasked. In 1981 he was replaced by drummer Eric Carr.

In 1996, Criss returned to the band to record some acoustic tracks on the album Unplugged. Peter Criss left the band again in 2004. He was replaced by Eric Singer

References[change | change source]

  • Dicaire, David (2003). Jazz Musicians of the Early Years, to 1945. McFarland. p. 225. ISBN 978-0-7864-8556-7.

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