Apparently, I’ve been in a hole since the third week of October, because I just found out at the beginning of November that Chicago lead vocalist (well, one of them) Jason Scheff, who has been with the group since the post-Cetera years beginning in 1985, officially left the group as of October 25, 2016. Scheff’s vocals matched Peter Cetera’s, and it was easy to see him slipping right into Cetera’s songs. Upon joining the group in 1985, Scheff was 23 years old, and his first test was the remake of “25 or 6 to 4,” which by the way, is amazing live.
With Halloween getting nearer I find that after getting off work I’ll normally crash in front of the record player and listen to some vintage Halloween audio treats. On 1988’s Elvira Presents: Haunted Hits there is wonderful selection of songs ranging from the “Monster Mash” by Bobby ‘Boris’ Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers to “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” by the Cramps.
While I didn’t pick up the record originally in 1988, it was probably about ten years later when I added it to my collection it was the first time I heard Jumpin’ Gene Simmons’ 1964 hit novelty song “Haunted House”.
Jumpin’ Gene Simmons got his start at Sun Records back in 1958, he was actually the opening act for a little known singer named Elvis Presley. Simmons’ only top 40 hit was his cover of “Haunted House” which was in fact originally recorded by Johnny Fuller in 1958.