No More Ramones

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BY Andrew Hallet

On July 11, 2014, Tommy Ramone, the last original member of the seminal New York punk band the Ramones, died after unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer.

Tommy played drums and co-produced the bands first three albums. Though he was replaced as the band’s drummer in the late-70s, as far as I’m concerned, the Ramones will always be the original line up of Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy.

Tommy was born in Hungry in 1949 to Jewish parents. His birth name was Erdélyi Tamás. The family emigrated to America when Tommy was four and he grew up in Forest Hills, New York. In the mid-60s, he played in a high school garage band known as the Tangerine Puppets with John Cummings, who later went on to be Johnny Ramone.

The Ramones have had quite an influence on me as a musician. Those of you who have heard me play will know that I don’t have many songs that run for more than four minutes or have many more than four chords.The first song I learned to play and sing along with was a Ramones’ song, Blitzkrieg Bop.

Along with myself, the Ramones influenced many other musicians around the world.

It is sad to see another icon of 20th century pop culture go. The music that Tommy made with the Ramones, and helped produce for other bands, will live on for other generations to hear and enjoy.

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