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Kenny Simmons


Kenny Simmons was born in the Village of Harlem, New York. His passion for music and the entertainment business was present even at a young age. He started out as a drummer in local bands playing in lounges and nightclubs all over the New York City area at the age of 11. Having the opportunity to jam with music greats like Les McCann, George Benson, Curtis Blandon, Tony Hunt just to name a few. Looking older than his age and with disguises he was able to sneak into night clubs to play, sometimes only allowed to come out of the dressing rooms when it was show time, because the other band members didn’t want to get busted for having such a young kid playing in their band. In 1972 at nineteen years of age he was discovered for his vocal and percussion abilities by Benjamin Ashburn, who was managing at the time a Tuskegee College, Alabama, little known group called The Commodores featuring Lionel Richie


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