Drummer Tommy Ramone passed away

Drummer Tommy Ramone passed away

Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of the legendary punk rock group The Ramones, is dead. He was 62.

Tommy Ramone, who worked with the group in their first three albums, died on Friday at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens.

He had been in a hospice following bile duct cancer treatments, reported a popular website. Tommy stopped drumming for the band in 1984 and he was replaced by Marky Ramone, but still worked with the Ramones throughout the years.

Tommy is credited for writing most of I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend and Blitzkrieg Bop.


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  • roadcat

    Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
    We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
    I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
    He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
    We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60′s and early 70′s.
    We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he was in the Ramones and well after he left.
    He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
    I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.

    Monte A. Melnick