Peter Criss

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George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known as Peter Criss, is an American drummer, best known[neutrality is disputed] as the original drummer for the rock band Kiss. Criss established the "Catman" character for his Kiss persona.


Early years


Of Italian-American descent, Criss is the oldest of the five children of Joseph and Loretta Criscuola; he grew up in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York.[1] He was a childhood friend of Jerry Nolan, who would later find success as the drummer for the New York Dolls.[citation needed]

He was an avid art student and a jazz aficionado.[citation needed] While playing with bandleader Joey Greco, Criss ended up studying under his idol, Gene Krupa, at the Metropole Club in New York.[citation needed] This blossomed into an active musical career as he went on to play jazz and rock with a number of bands in New York and New Jersey throughout the 1960s.[citation needed]

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