Although he was not an original member of Kiss, drummer Eric Carr was automatically accepted and held in high regard by their legions of fans. Born Paul Caravello in Brooklyn, NY on July 15, 1950, the youngster discovered rock & roll the way many others did in the early '60s, via the Beatles. Automatically taken by the Fab Four, Caravello began drumming on magazines until his parents bought him his first proper drum set shortly thereafter. His first real band, the Cellarmen, played the latest Top 40 hits at Bar Mitzvahs and weddings throughout the N.Y.C.-area. Come the '70s however, Caravello had become a great admirer of such hard rock acts as Led Zeppelin and the New York Dolls, although his bands throughout the decade, Creation and Mother Nature/Father Time, were disco-based.