Tommy Ramone’s Birthday – January 29, 1952
Posted 1/29/2013 12:00:00 AM

Tommy Ramone’s Birthday – January 29, 1952


Conversation Starters

  • Happy Birthday to Tommy Ramone! Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! And wish Tommy a good one!
  • Happy Birthday to Ramones’ drummer Tommy Ramone! Which Ramones’ albums are in your collection?
  • Tommy Ramone celebrates his 61st birthday today! Which Ramones’ song rocks the hardest?

Fast Facts

  • Born January 29, 1952 in Budapest, Hungary
  • Given Name: Tamás Erdélyi
  • Tommy Ramone was the drummer for The Ramones, who are widely considered the first punk rock band
  • Tommy was inducted with the Ramones into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Tommy loves folk music and played folk guitar as a kid
  • He was originally the Ramones’ band manager but after the group’s first show he became the drummer
  • Before the Ramones, Tommy had never touched a drum set before in his life.  He only drummed for the band because they couldn’t find anyone else who could play fast enough
  • The Ramones signature look (leather jackets and ripped blue jeans) and fast, rough songs established the punk aesthetic
  • Tommy left the band in the spring of 1977 because he liked producing more.  He produced the Ramones’ fourth album Road to Ruin
  • The Ramones’ 1984 album Too Tough to Die was also largely produced by Tommy
  • He started an indie-acoustic band called Uncle Monk with folk musician Claudia Tienan in the 2000’s; the duo has the complete opposite style and sound of the Ramones
  • He has independently written music over the years for artists like Sonic Youth, Morrissey, Skid Row, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and New Found Glory, and has produced albums for Talking Heads and The Replacements

Discography with the Ramones

  • Ramones(1976)
  • Leave Home(1977)
  • Rocket to Russia(1977)
  • It's Alive(1979)
  • Too Tough to Die(1984)
  • NYC 1978 (2003)

Billboard Hot 100 Singles (The Ramones)

  • 1977, “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker,” #81
  • 1978, “Rockaway Beach,” #66
  • 1978, “Do You Wanna Dance,” #86

RIAA (The Ramones)

  • 1994, Ramones ManiaGold
  • 2004, Ramones Raw, Gold




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