The unmistakable sound and style of the rock band Kiss has excited fans for over 40 years. Ever since the group first burst onto the music scene in the early 1970s, audiences have been wowed by their unique makeup and costume combos. You may not even know a single song, but you certainly know the look.
Yet for one of the legendary band’s members, rock and roll stardom and all its excesses probably couldn’t have seemed more unlikely in his younger days. After experiencing a childhood filled with ridicule due to a birth defect, he might have said goodbye to any dreams of a career in music.