Tommy Ramone (Born Erdelyi Tamas), the original drummer from 1974 to 1978 for the Ramones passed away on Friday July 11th from Bile Duct Cancer,
Born in Budapest, Hungary he emigrated to the United States in 1957 and grew up in Forest Hills neighbourhood of Queens, New York. He joined the Ramones with fellow Forest Hills musicians: Jeffrey Hymen (Joey Ramone), Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee Ramone), and John Cummings (Johnny Ramone).
After four years and three albums with the Ramones he left to focus on studio work and was replaced by Marc Bell (Marky Ramone). Though he did continue to work with the Ramones by producing their eighth album ‘Too Tough To Die‘.
During his time with the Ramones he was credited of having written the hits ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend‘ and (the majority of) Blitzkrieg Bop. One of the most iconic songs of the genre, instantly recognisable with it’s “Hey Ho Let’s Go” chant.
“It wasn’t just music in the Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different”
– Tommy Ramone, 1978