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Posted by themusicsover on August 16, 2014
August 8, 1948 – August 16, 2014
Billy Rath is perhaps best remembered as the second bassist for Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers. The band formed in 1975, and Rath came on board in 1976 to replace Richard Hell who left to form the Voidoids. Hitting Europe just as punk rock was taking hold, the Heartbreakers immediately fell into the scene and were quickly invited to tour with the Sex Pistols on their doomed Anarchy in the UK tour. The band soon recorded their first and only album, L.A.M.F (Like A Mother Fucker), to mostly mixed reviews – although critics liked the band and the songs, they didn’t care much for the album’s production. The Heartbreaker’s label soon went out of business, and the band’s dissolved in late 1977. They did reform for occasional gigs in New York City during the late ’70s and early ’80s, but Rath left for good in 1985. Over the next two decades or so, Rath stayed away from music business. He studied Psychology and Theology, and eventually worked as a counselor addicts. In 2010, he resurfaced at a Max’s Kansas City reunion which lead to the formation of his own band, Billy Rath’s Street Pirates. Rath continued to perform live to adoring crowds,even touring the UK during the final years of his life. Billy Rath died at the age of 66 on August 16, 2014. Cause of death was not immediately released.
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Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014
Tommy Ramone (aka Thomas Erdelyi; Born Erdélyi Tamás)
January 29, 1952 – July 11, 2014
Thomas Erdelyi, later to be more widely known by his stage name, Tommy Ramone, was the founding drummer for the highly influential rock band, the Ramones. Until he passed away, Erdelyi had been the last surviving member of the original foursome. Formed with former high school classmates, Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), John Cummings (Johnny Ramone), and Jeffrey Hyman (Joey Ramone) in 1974, the Ramones were considered by many to be the first real punk band. When discussing his Underground Garage channel on Sirius Satellite, Little Steven Van Zandt described its programming as “groups that inspired the Ramones, groups inspired by the Ramones, and the Ramones.” Originally slated to be the band’s manager with Hyman on drums, Erdelyi was quickly moved behind the kit when Hyman realized he couldn’t keep up with the tempo of the songs they were writing. He pretty much became drummer by default since no one else wanted to. Erdelyi remained in the band until 1978. He played on and co-produced the band’s first three studio albums as well as their 1979 live album, It’s Alive. Erdelyi was also an accomplished producer as well, most notably of the Replacements‘ Tim album. He returned to the Ramones camp to produce their 1984 album, Too Tough To Die. Tommy Ramone was 62 when he died in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.
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Posted by themusicsover on March 16, 2014
August 16, 1949 – March 16, 2014
Scott Asheton was the drummer for Detroit group the Stooges, a garage band lead by the wildly charismatic Iggy Pop. With the Stooges, Asheton was considered by many as ground zero for what would become known as punk rock some ten years later. Born in Washington DC, Asheton was 14 when his family moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he eventually co-founded the Stooges with brother, Ron Asheton, Iggy Pop and David Alexander. After its inception, the band quickly established itself as a must-see act in and around the Detroit area for their aggressive playing and Pop’s shocking stage antics. It must be noted that this was still the late ‘60s, a time when such blistering noise and in-your-face singing was difficult for many of the Woodstock generation to swallow. But the Stooges persevered and soon landed on Elektra Records who released their brilliant self-titled debut in 1969. Another album followed before some line-up changes and a third album for Columbia Records. The band broke up in 1974, so the Asheton brothers continued on, both together and in support of other acts for the next several years. In 2003, the Ashetons and Pop reformed the group. They released The Weirdness in 2007. In 2011, Asheton suffered a severe stroke following a show in France. Although it forced him off the road, he contributed to the band’s 2013 release, Ready To Die. Scott Asheton was 64 when he died on March 16, 2014. Cause of death was not immediately released
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