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William Martin Aucoin (December 29, 1943 – June 28, 2010)[1][2] was an American band manager, well known for his work with the rock band Kiss.

Bill Aucoin
Bill Aucoin 2008.jpg
Bill Aucoin, 2008
William Martin Aucoin

(1943-12-29)December 29, 1943
DiedJune 28, 2010(2010-06-28) (aged 66)
OccupationBand manager
Partner(s)Roman Fernandez


Born in 1943 in Ayer, Massachusetts, Aucoin attended Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in film.[3] He worked at WGBH in Boston during his college years and after. Aucoin later worked at Teletape Productions as a cinematographer.[3] Credited with discovering Kiss, Aucoin managed the group for nearly a decade. He was fired in 1982 due to a dispute about the band's appearance plus his drug abuse,[4] but later worked with the band on various DVD projects.

Aucoin produced a television show called Supermarket Sweep in the early 1970s.[5] From 2005 to 2007, Aucoin went into the Broadway business with a staging of The Who's Quadrophenia, which showed intermittently for two years in Anaheim and Los Angeles.

Aucoin had reentered the management business with his company Aucoin Globe Entertainment, at the time of his death of surgical complications from prostate cancer. He was survived by partner Roman Fernandez and sisters Betty Britton and Janet Bankowski. A statement from Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons described him as "our irreplaceable original manager, mentor and dear friend… Words cannot convey his impact on us or those close to him."[6]

List of acts managedEdit


Shawn Sommers 1984

  • Gen X 1980-1981
  • Billy Idol, 1981–1986
  • Endgames, 1983-1985
  • Brunette, 1988–1989
  • Rising Star, 1989–1990
  • Sic Vikki, 1990-1992
  • Flipp, 1998–2003
  • Starz, 1977–1979
  • vanSolo, 2007–2008
  • Crossbreed, 2003–2010
  • Lordi, 2006–2010
  • Nothing Rhymes with Orange, 2007–2010
  • Evan Saffer, 2007–2010
  • NAKED 2009–2010
  • BEX, 2010
  • The Early Strike, 2010
  • Tantric, 2010
  • RoqueZa, 1998–2001
  • Dreaming in Stereo, 2010[7]


  1. ^ "KISS Manager Bill Aucoin Dies". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ "Aucoin, manager who discovered Kiss, dies at 66 - Yahoo! News". 2 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2 July 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2010-06-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Fabrikant, Geraldine (1997-02-23). "The Bad Boys Start Watching Their Pockets". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-26.
  5. ^ "Bill Aucoin". IMDb. Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  6. ^ Ling, Dave, "The Dirt: Bill Aucoin"; Classic Rock #148, August 2010, p20
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2010-06-29. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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