Joey Ramone

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Joey Ramone
Joey Ramone circa 1980
Background information
Birth nameJeffry Ross Hyman
Also known asJoey Ramone
Born(1951-05-19)May 19, 1951
Queens, New York, U.S.
DiedApril 15, 2001(2001-04-15) (aged 49)
New York City, New York, U.S.
GenresPunk rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, drums, percussion, guitar
Years active1972–2001
LabelsSire, Radioactive

Joey Ramone (born Jeffery Hyman, May 19, 1951April 15, 2001) was an American punk musician and founder member of the Ramones, in which he was lead singer, along with Dee Dee Ramone, Tommy Ramone, and Johnny Ramone.

Early life[change | change source]

Joey Ramone's mother encouraged both his and his brothers' interests in music. He was a fan of The Beatles, The Who, Iggy and The Stooges and David Bowie, among other bands. He was also a fan of Phil Spector produced records as well. He took up the drums at 13 and played throughout his teen years. He idolized Pete Townshend of the Who.

Death[change | change source]

Joey Ramone died at the age of 49 on April 15, 2001 of lymphoma.