“Indian Outlaw” Co-Writer Gene Simmons Dies

“Jumpin’ Gene” Simmons, the co-writer of “Indian Outlaw,” who also had his own rockabilly career in the 1960s, died Tuesday (Aug. 29) in Tupelo, Miss., following a lengthy illness. He was 69. Simmons co-wrote Tim McGraw’s 1994 breakthrough hit with Tommy Barnes and John D. Loudermilk. In 1964, he reached No. 11 on the pop charts with the novelty song, “Haunted House.” He was also signed to Sun Records for a time and also served as lead vocalist in the Bill Black Combo, a group led by Elvis Presley’s former bassist. Simmons grew up in Tupelo and once performed as an opening act for Presley, a fellow Tupelo native.