Saturday, July 12, 2014

R.I.P. Tommy Ramone

One by one, all the members of The Ramones will have moved on soon. Already, yesterday, Tommy Ramone (born Erdelyi Tamas), the last surviving member of the band passed away.

He was the first drummer the public associated with the group - Joey had started out on drums but quickly moved to singing. The rest of the original line-up had passed away more than a decade ago: Joey (lead vocals) died in 2004, Dee Dee (bass) in 2002, and Johnny (guitar) in 2001.

C.J. (bass, 1989-1996), Elvis (drums, 1987 and 2004), and Richie (drums, 1984-1987) are still alive, as is Marky (drums, 1978-1982, 1987-1996), who many consider the band's ''real'' or ''classic'' drummer, seeing as he was part of every incarnation of the band with all of its members save Tommy.

The band was inducted in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002.

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