CASHBOX Magazine has a rich history dating back to the 1940's. As you can imagine thousands of artists have passed through our doors. You can see them in our archivepages. We realized that for various reasons many deserving artists quickly became a thing of the past and have long been forgotten. Others have continued to stay in the mainstream to this day. With the New CASHBOX Hall Of Fame we are going to level the playing field and awards will be presented based on strict criteria by industry veterans.
Initially we will present awards for those still alive from the 30's forward. We will also induct four posthumous awards each month. Inductees will be chosen by industry professionals at CASHBOX and Record World Magazine as well as outside music veterans who have been instrumental in driving this initiative.
Our goal is simple. Give recognition that is earned, not bought while creating a music ecosystem that is genre based and NOT a melting pot of other Hall of Fame collections. It will be accurate, consistent and we will also reach out to the public for their input and suggestions.
We believe that this interactive approach will build excitement and recognition around the world.
Today more than ever. The live-album of the same name, being released in support of their triumphant 1996 reunion tour shows this clearly. Responsible for this achievement are Mr. Stanley Eisen and Mr. Gene Klein, who layed the foundations in 1972 to one of the most remarkable careers in the history of rock. They played together in the band Wicked Lester in New York City, where they recorded a never-released album, featuring such gems as 'Love Her All I Can' and 'She'. Unsatisfied with the musical direction, they changed their names to Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons and made a new start with new companions: guitarist Paul Daniel 'Space Ace' Frehley and singing drummer Peter Criscoula, better known as Peter Criss. Like a Heavy Metal version of the Beatles, Kiss wanted to have four singers in the band. Nevertheless the singing is still split mainly between rhythm guitarist Paul Stanley and bass guitarist Gene Simmons who also writes the majority of the material. The name KISS eventually probed to be more acceptable than the previously suggested names as ALBATROSS and Hell The first gigs in outrageous make-up, blasting out furious music, quickly brings them in contact with former Hendrix-producer Eddie Kramer, who produces their very first demo.