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Tommy Ramone of the Ramones dies at 65

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Tommy Ramone, one of the co-founders of the punk band ‘The Ramones,’ died at the age of 65, according to Fox News on Saturday. Dave Frey who works for Ramones Productions and Silent Partner Management confirmed the death to the media. Besides being a co-founder of the group, Ramone was a drummer. The successful punk band was begun in New York in 1974. Other band members included singer Joey Ramone, bassist Dee Dee Ramone, and guitarist Johnny Ramone. Though all four members of the group had different last names, they took the common name of Ramone.

According to the report, the punk band influenced an entire generation of rock and rollers. They had very successful songs included songs such as “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” Via those hit songs, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Their humble beginnings were from performing in New York clubs such as Max’s Kansas City and CBGB. It was at those clubs that they performed their songs in leather jackets while donning long black hair. They were described, via their music and appearance, as a group of motley misfits.

Though they obviously made a strong mark on the music of the day, they were challenged for commercial success beginning with their first album release in 1976. Though they never did have what is referred to in the music business as a “Top 40” hit song, the Ramones are credited for influencing some very successful bands through the years. They are credited with having influenced Nirvana and Green Day – two groups that had extreme success in later years.

It has been said that Bruce Springsteen was influenced by the group at one point. After having seen the Ramones perform in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Springsteen wrote “Hungry Heart” for the band. The song ended up being recorded by Springsteen instead, after he was convinced by his manager that he should keep the song for himself. The song was a huge hit single for Springsteen.

The Ramones broke up in 1996 after having released their last studio album called “Adios Amigos.” After that, a live farewell tour album was released in 1997. That project was called “We’re Outta Here!”

Tommy Ramone was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungry. As for the other three members of the group, Johnny Ramone – whose name was John Cummings - died of prostate cancer a decade ago. Joey Ramone – whose name was Jeff Hyman – died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone – named Douglas Colvin – died of a drug overdose in 2002, according to People magazine.

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