Often referred to as the first Punk group, The Ramones, an American rock band, was formed in Forest Hills, New York by lead singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone and bassist Dee Dee Ramone.
The Ramones recorded their first album “Ramones,” a collection of fast and short songs, on a budget of just $6400. The albums had little commercial success and it was their live shows in the UK and Toronto that helped them become a popular live act on the punk scene. Their next two albums “Leave Home” and “Rocket to Russia” released in 1977 were well received by the critics but did badly commercially.
After 1978, the band’s music started to included news sounds like the acoustic guitar and even some ballads and in 1980, Phil Spector produced the Album “End of the Century” which gave them their highest charts positions both in the US and the UK. Johnny Ramone made it clear that he always favoured the bands more aggressive punk style.
After releasing several more albums, the band toured, who had toured for 22 years, playing 2,263 concerts disbanded after a farewell show with the Lollapalooza music festival in 1996.
Members include C.J. Ramone (born Chris Ward, in 1965; joined group, 1989), bass; Joey Ramone (born Jeffrey Hyman, May 19, 1952, in Forest Hills, NY), vocals; Johnny Ramone (born John Cummings, October 8,1948, on Long Island, NY), guitar; and Ritchie Ramone (Richard Beau; joined group, 1983), drums. Former members include Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Colvin, September 18, 1952, in Fort Lee, VA; left group, 1989), bass; Marky Ramone (Marc Bell; joined group, 1978, left, 1983), drums; and Tommy Ramone (Tommy Erdelyi; left group, 1978), drums.
Recording and performing act, 1974—. Group formed in Forest Hills, NY; performed regularly at CBGB, New York City; signed with Sire Records, 1975; released debut album, Ramones, 1976; toured U.S. and U.K.; appeared in film Rock 'n' Roll High School, 1979; toured Europe, 1980; contributed music to film Pet Semetary, 1989; with Jerry Harrison, Debbie Harry, and Tom Tom Club, joined "The Escape From New York" world tour, 1990.
Addresses: Record company—Radioactive/MCA Records, 70 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608. Publicity—Middleberg & Rosso Public Relations, Inc., 130 East 59th St., New York, NY 10022.
Albums: (All albums are released under the label Sire, unless otherwise noted)
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