Tommy Ramone, who was born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, died yesterday at 65. He was the last living Ramone.
Hugely influential band, one of the true fathers of Punk Rock.Johnny Ramone, whose birth name was John Cummings, died in 2004 of prostate cancer. Joey Ramone, whose real name is Jeff Hyman, died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer. Dee Dee Ramone, whose real name is Douglas Colvin, died from a drug overdose in 2002.
Who knew?Even Bruce Springsteen was moved. After seeing the Ramones in Asbury Park, New Jersey, Springsteen wrote “Hungry Heart” for the band. His manager, however, swayed him to keep the song for himself and it became a hit single.
I saw them live in 1990, my sister who was an original punk saw them 3 times back in 1978-1980 when they were youngster punks. Great band. Pure, simple, real rock. May they all be sedated and rest in peace, or at least may they all have something to do.