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Died On This Date (July 11, 2014) Tommy Ramone / The Ramones

Posted by themusicsover on July 11, 2014

Tommy Ramone (aka Thomas Erdelyi; Born Erdélyi Tamás)
January 29, 1952 – July 11, 2014

tommy-ramoneThomas 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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Died On This Date (June 5, 2002) Dee Dee Ramone / The Ramones

Posted by themusicsover on June 5, 2010

Dee Dee Ramone (Born Douglas Colvin)
September 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002

Born Douglas Colvin, Dee Dee Ramone will always be remembered for his “1-2-3-4” count-ins on so many great songs by the Ramones, the punk rock band he co-founded along with Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman) and Johnny Ramone (John Cummings). What most people don’t realize was that Dee Dee main songwriter, writing such punk classics as “Rockaway Beach,” “53rd and 3rd” and “I Wanna Be Sedated.” He played bass in the band until 1989 when he decided to launch an ill-fated rap career as Dee Dee King. Although they parted ways, Dee Dee continued to write songs for the group disbanded in 1996. 1991 found Dee Dee briefly playing guitar for shock-punk artist, G.G. Allin. Dispite a longtime struggle with drugs and alcohol, Dee Dee continued to stay musically productive up until his untimely death at the age of 50. On June 5, 2002, Dee Dee’s lifeless body was discovered by his wife in his Hollywood apartment. His death was officially attributed to a heroin overdose.

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Died On This Date (September 15, 2004) Johnny Ramone / The Ramones

Posted by themusicsover on September 15, 2009

Johnny Ramone (Born John Cummings)
October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004

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Johnny Ramone was the founding guitarist for legendary punk band, the Ramones.  He and Joey Ramone were the only two members to stay in the group during its entire 22-year run.   It was Johnny’s aggressive guitar playing that helped turn the Ramones into one of rock music’s most influential bands.  His prowess has been noted in both Rolling Stone and Time magazine who included him in their list of the 10 greatest electric guitarists of all time.  Ramones albums like Road To Ruin, Rocket To Russia, and End of the Century are required listening for any true rock music fan.  Johnny Ramone died of prostate cancer on September 15, 2004.  He was 55.

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