Friday 31 October 2014

Tommy Ramone, last original member of seminal punk band the Ramones, dies

Published 12/07/2014 | 08:40

Tommy Ramone has died

Tommy Ramone, last original member of seminal punk band the Ramones, has died, an associate said.

Dave Frey, who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management, says Ramone's wife called to tell him he died yesterday.

The Ramones at the height of their fame
The Ramones at the height of their fame

Tommy Ramone, a drummer, co-founded the Ramones in 1974 in New York along with singer Joey Ramone, bassist DeeDee Ramone and guitarist Johnny Ramone.

All four band members had different last names, but took the common name Ramone.

Tommy Ramone poses in front of the legendary club CBGB during the premiere of the film Punk Attitude
Tommy Ramone poses in front of the legendary club CBGB during the premiere of the film Punk Attitude

The band influenced a generation of rockers, and their hit songs I wanna be Sedated and Blitzkrieg Bop, among others, earned them an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Born in Hungary, Ramone immigrated to the US in the 1950s.

Legs McNeil (L), Tommy Ramone, and Arturo Vega (R) arrive at the After Party for the premiere of "End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones"at CBGB, on August 19, 2004 in New York City
Legs McNeil (L), Tommy Ramone, and Arturo Vega (R) arrive at the After Party for the premiere of "End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones"at CBGB, on August 19, 2004 in New York City

Ramone was the drummer for the band from 1974 to 1978, and co-produced their first three albums.

Though they never had a Top 40 song, the Ramones influenced scores of followers, including Green Day and Nirvana.

The Ramones' best-known songs reflected their twisted teen years: Beat on the Brat, Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue, Teenage Lobotomy and Sheena Is a Punk Rocker.

The Ramones disbanded in 1996 after a tour that followed their final studio album, Adios Amigos. A live farewell tour album, We're Outta Here!, was released in 1997.

Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone (Jeff Hyman) died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin) died from a drug overdose in 2002.

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