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    Tommy Ramone, Founding Member of Influential Punk Band, Dies at 62




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    July 11, 2014 | 10:07PM PT Christopher Morris


    Drummer and producer Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the influential New York punk quartet the Ramones, died Friday at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens, New York. He was 62 and had been in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.


    Born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, and known professionally as Tom or T. Erdelyi, Ramone played on the first three epoch-making Ramones albums, “Ramones” (1976), “Leave Home” (1977) and “Rocket to Russia” (1977). He also co-produced the latter two albums with Tony Bongiovi and Ed Stasium, respectively. He appeared on and co-produced the 1979 live Ramones opus “It’s Alive.”


    After leaving the Ramones to concentrate on studio work, he co-produced the band’s 1984 album “Too Tough to Die” with Stasium. He was replaced in the lineup by Marc Bell (Marky Ramone), a former member of Dust and Richard Hell’s Voidoids.


    One of the first high-profile releases to emerge from New York’s punk underground of the mid-‘70s, “Ramones” – reportedly recorded in six days on a budget of $6,400 – brought a pared-down, hyperactive style to the stuffy rock scene of the day. Tommy’s driving, high-energy drum work was the turbine that powered the leather-clad foursome’s loud, antic sound.


    Tom Erdelyi emigrated to America in 1957 and grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, where he played with guitarist John Cummings – later Johnny Ramone – in Tangerine Puppets. He went on to study engineering and worked at the Record Plant (where he assisted on a 1969 Jimi Hendrix session) and other facilities.


    The Ramones coalesced with the addition of fellow Queens musicians Jeffrey Hyman (aka lead singer Joey Ramone) and Douglas Colvin (bassist Dee Dee Ramone). Breaking in their act at Hilly Krystal’s Bowery club CBGB, the band was signed to Seymour Stein’s Sire Records, also the home of such other punk acts as Richard Hell, Talking Heads and the Dead Boys.


    The Ramones finally disbanded in 1996 after a show at the Palace in Hollywood. Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in 2001; Dee Dee succumbed to a drug overdose in 2002; and Johnny expired from prostate cancer in 2004.


    The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.


    Erdelyi’s other production credits included the Replacements’ major label debut “Tim” (1985) and L.A. punk unit Redd Kross’ “Neurotica” (1987). In later years, he went the acoustic route, playing bluegrass and country music with his partner Claudia Tienan in Uncle Monk.


    He is survived by Tienan and an older brother. A private funeral service is planned.

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    Oh, that's a shame. RIP Ramones.

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    So sad....I love the Ramones. He always seemed like a class act in everything I ever read or heard about him. The end of an era

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    I can't believe they are all gone. That is really sad. RIP.

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    Well, balls.

    End of an era, indeed, Catty.
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    RIP, Tommy. None of these guys made it to 65 - see below:

    Tommy Ramone - 62 (bile duct cancer)
    Johnny Ramone - 55 (prostate cancer)
    Joey Ramone - 49 (lymphoma)
    Dee Dee Ramone - 50 (heroin overdose)

    By the way, my favorite Ramones album is "Too Tough to Die" - with "Daytime Dilemma" and "Endless Vacation" (a true punk song if ever there was one). "I Wanna Be Sedate" - pure awesomeness. Also loved "Hands Across Your Face - Something to Believe In".

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    RIP Tommy Ramone.

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    Aw, too bad.

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    Damn it. RIP.

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    Every song so kickass. So much energy. All gone. It's hard to believe. RIP, guys.

    Mo, it IS so strange--especially as they weren't even related, right? All that cancer! The Carter sisters were all relatively short-lived except for June, but at least they had genes in common to explain it.

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