Last Surviving Original Ramones Member Tommy Ramone Passes Away at 65

artist: ramones date: 07/14/2014 category: general music news
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Last Surviving Original Ramones Member Tommy Ramone Passes Away at 65
Founding Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone has passed away last Friday (July 11) at his New York home following a battle with bile duct cancer. He was 65.

Born Erdelyi Tamas, the Hungarian American musician was also known as the band's producer, performing with the iconic punk act for a total of four years.

Tommy was originally intended to serve as the group's manager, but ended up behind the drum kit. "Tommy Ramone, who was managing us, finally had to sit down behind the drums, because nobody else wanted to," bassist Dee Dee Ramone once recalled.

Between 1974 and 1978, Ramone had produced and performed on the group's first three records - "The Ramones," "Leave Home" and "Rocket to Russia," as well as "It's Alive" live album.

After being replaced by Marky Ramone, Tommy still handled management duties and co-produced the band's fourth album, "Road to Ruin." Furthermore, he returned in 1984 to produce the eighth Ramones record, 1984's "Too Tough to Die."

"We are saddened to announce the passing of Tommy Ramone (nee Erdelyi), the original drummer for the Ramones, earlier today, 11 July 2014," the official statement reads, along with one of Ramone's quotes:

"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. Originally it was just an artistic type of thing; finally I felt it was something that was good enough for everybody." - Tommy Ramone, 1978

Following the announcement, the music world issued a series of reactions via social networks, some of which you can find below.

We lost a giant. Rest in peace Tommy Ramone.
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