Drummer Tommy Ramone Dies At 65
Thomas Erdelyi also known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was a Hungarian American record producer and musician. Tommy Ramone played on the Ramones’ first three albums, ”Ramones,” ”Leave Home” and ”Rocket to Russia,” and co-produced the last two.
The original drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones, has died at the age of 62. Tommy had been battling cancer of the bile duct. He died in Queens, New York, on Friday.
The bands official twitter account , (@Ramonesofficial) confirmed the news by tweeting , “We are saddened to announce the passing of Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone”
He remained as drummer from 1974 to 1978, playing on and co-producing their first three albums, ‘Ramones’, ‘Leave Home’, and ‘Rocket to Russia’, as well as the live album ‘It’s Alive’.
He was replaced on drums in 1978 by Marky Ramone, but handled band management and co-production for their fourth album, ‘Road to Ruin’. He later returned as producer for the eighth album, 1984’s ‘Too Tough to Die’. Ramone left the band in 1979 and worked as a producer, where he notched up credits on The Ramones’ 1984 album ‘Too Tough To Die’ and ‘The Replacements’ 1985 album ‘Tim’. He landed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the Ramones in 2002.
Rolling Stone reviewer Paul Nelson said the Ramones’ debut album was “constructed almost entirely of rhythm tracks of an exhilarating intensity rock ‘n’ roll has not experiences since its earliest days.”
The ever shining “classic rammones” are no more as Tommy was the last member of the band. The entire music world along with the entire Hollywood industry is sad with the demise of the drummer. He is survived by longtime partner Claudia Tienan, brother Peter; sister-in-law Andrea Tienan and nephews Eric and David.