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Tommy Ramone

Hungarian American record producer and musician

Tommy Ramone is ...


Born 29 January 1949 in Budapest
Died 11 July 2014 in Ridgewood
Age 65 years, 6 months
Cause cholangiocarcinoma

Sex or gender male
Country of citizenship Hungary and United States of America
Manner of death natural causes
Occupation drummer, record producer and composer
Instrument drum kit
Genre punk rock
Member of Ramones and Uncle Monk

About Tommy Ramone

Tommy Ramone, born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, was a founding member of the legendary punk rock band, the Ramones. As the drummer and later the producer of the band's early albums, Tommy helped shape the sound and style of punk rock, influencing countless musicians in the decades that followed.

Tommy's family fled Hungary in 1957, settling in Queens, New York. He grew up listening to rock and roll and playing in bands with his friends. In the early 1970s, he joined forces with fellow musicians Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone to form the Ramones. The band's fast, loud, and catchy songs, combined with their distinctive look and attitude, made them an instant sensation in the New York punk scene.

Tommy played drums on the Ramones' first three albums, "Ramones," "Leave Home," and "Rocket to Russia," before leaving the band to focus on producing. He went on to produce albums for a wide range of artists, including the Replacements, Redd Kross, and the Talking Heads.

Despite his success as a producer, Tommy remained closely associated with the Ramones throughout his life. He produced their 1984 album "Too Tough to Die" and played drums on their 1987 album "Halfway to Sanity." He also reunited with the band for their final tour in 1996.

Tommy Ramone passed away in 2014 at the age of 65, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most influential figures in punk rock history. His contributions to the Ramones' sound and style helped define the genre, and his work as a producer helped shape the sound of alternative rock in the 1980s and beyond.


- "Tommy Ramone, Founding Member of the Ramones, Dead at 65." Rolling Stone, 12 July 2014,

- "Tommy Ramone, 1949-2014: The Quiet Beatle of Punk Rock." NPR, 12 July 2014,

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