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Ramones' sole surviving member, Tommy Ramone, has died


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Ramones' sole surviving member, Tommy Ramone, has died

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 13, 2014

The last original member of the seminal punk rock band the Ramones, Tommy Ramone, has died at 65 years old.

"Born Thomas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary, on Jan. 29, 1949, Ramone was the drummer for the band from 1974 to 1978, as well as co-producer for the band's first three albums," reports the Los Angeles Times. "The band, whose members adopted a last name used by Paul McCartney to reserve hotel rooms in the Beatles years, were known for their bowl haircuts, ripped jeans and less-than-polished musical style."

"The four-member Ramones came out of Queens, New York, with limited musical skills, but by 1976, their staccato riffs and full-frontal garage rock assaults began to make their mark on British punk musicians," further reports the Los Angeles Times. "The band has been acknowledged by many as the inventors of punk rock."

According to the Los Angeles Times, "Among the Ramones best-known songs were 'I Wanna Be Sedated,' 'Teenage Lobotomy,' 'Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' and 'Beat on the Brat.'"

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

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.