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The Ramones, comprising Johnny Ramone (John Cummings, 8 October 1948, Long Island, New York, USA, d. 15 September 2004, Los Angeles, California, USA; guitar), Dee Dee Ramone (b. Douglas Colvin, 18 September 1952, Fort Lee, Virginia, USA, d. 5 June 2002, Hollywood, California, USA; bass/vocals) and Joey Ramone (b. Jeffrey Hyman, 19 May 1951, New York City, New York, USA, d. 15 April 2001, New York City, New York, USA; drums), made their debut at New York’s Performance Studio on 30 March 1974. Two months later manager Tommy Ramone (b. Thomas Erdelyi, 29 January 1952, Budapest, Hungary) replaced Joey on drums, who then switched to vocals. The quartet, named the Ramones from a misappropriation of Paul McCartney’s original stage name, Ramon, later secured a residency at the renowned CBGB’s club where they became one of the city’s leading proponents of punk rock.

Released in 1976, the fever-paced Ramones was a startling first...

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