- Joey Ramone
Infobox musical artist
Name = Joey Ramone
Img_capt = Joey Ramone (c.1980)
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Jeffrey Ross Hyman
Born = birth date|1951|5|19|mf=y
New York, U.S.
Died = Death date and age|2001|4|15|1951|5|19
New York City, New York, U.S.
Instrument = Vocals, Drums
Occupation = Singer, Songwriter
Years_active = 1974 - 2001
Label = Sire
Joey Ramone (
May 19 1951– April 15 2001), born as Jeffrey Ross Hyman, was a vocalist and songwriterbest known for his work in the punk rockgroup the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon.http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:h9fyxqtgldde~T1] He stood at 6 foot 8inches.
Hyman grew up in Forest Hills,
Queens. He and his future bandmates attended Forest Hills High School.
During his youth, he was by general accounts something of an outcast and had a dysfunctional family life, which inspired the song "We're A Happy Family." His parents divorced in the early 1960s. His mother, Charlotte Lesher (1926-2007), encouraged an interest in music in both him and his brother Mitchell (a.k.a.
Rock & roll gave the teenaged Joey Ramone an escape from his parents' divorce and he began playing in glam-influenced bands in the early '70s. He co-founded the Ramones in 1974 with friends John Cummings and Douglas Colvin, upon which point all three adopted Ramone as their stage surname. Joey Ramone initially served as the group's drummer before switching to vocals and having his former spot taken by manager Tommy Erdelyi.
He was a fan of
The Beatles, [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/music/1279856.stm BBC News | MUSIC | The musical misfits ] ] The Who, among other bands (particularly " oldies" and the Phil Spector-produced "Girl Groups"). His hero was Pete Townsend of The Who. He took up drums at 13, playing throughout his teen years, and was originally the drummer for the Ramones, while Dee Dee Ramonewas the vocalist. However, Dee Dee proved to be unsuited for the position as he could not play his bass guitar and sing at the same time, so on Tommy Ramone's suggestion, Joey switched to vocals. [http://allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:h9fyxqtgldde~T1]
Hyman was said to be the "heart and soul" of the Ramones, and his favorite songs from their repertoire were often the ballads and love songs.
C.J. Ramonecalled him the "hippie of the group." [http://www.myramones.com/ramones/joeyramone.htm MyRamones] ]
The Ramones were an American rock band often regarded as the first punk rock group. Formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, in 1974, all of the band members adopted stage names ending with "Ramone", though none of them were actually related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years. In 1996, after a tour with the Lollapalooza music festival, the band played their final show and then disbanded. A little more than eight years after the breakup, the band's three founding members—lead singer Joey Ramone, guitarist Johnny Ramone, and bassist Dee Dee Ramone—were dead.
The Ramones were a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and Great Britain, though they achieved only minor commercial success. Their only record with enough U.S. sales to be certified gold was the compilation album Ramones Mania. Recognition of the band's importance built over the years, and they are now regularly represented in many assessments of all-time great rock music, such as the Rolling Stone lists of the 50 Greatest Artists of All Time  and 25 Greatest Live Albums of All Time, VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock, and Mojo's 100 Greatest Albums. In 2002, the Ramones were voted the second greatest rock and roll band ever in Spin, trailing only The Beatles.
In 1985, Joey joined Little
Steven Van Zandt's music-industry activist group Artists United Against Apartheidwhich acted against the Sun City resort in South Africa. Joey and forty-nine other top recording artists, including Bruce Springsteen, U2, Bob Dylanand Run DMC, collaborated on the song "Sun City" in which they pledged they would never perform at the resort.
In 1994, he formed Sibling Rivalry with his brother Mickey Leigh. They had one release, the "
In a Family Way" EP.
Joey appeared on the
Helen Lovealbum "Love and Glitter, Hot Days and Music" singing the track "Punk Boy". Helen Love returned the favor, singing on Joey's song " Mr. Punchy".
Hyman co-wrote and recorded the song "Meatball Sandwich" with
Youth Gone Mad. For a short time before his death, he took the role of manager and producer for the punk rock group The Independents. [ [http://www.theindependents.net/bandbio.htm Independents band bio] ]
His last recording as a vocalist was singing backup vocals on the CD "One Nation Under" by the Dine Navajo rock group Blackfire. He appeared on two tracks, "What Do You See" and "Lying to Myself". The CD, released in 2002, won "Best Pop/Rock Album of the Year" at the 2002 Native American Music Awards. [http://www.blackfire.net/index2.shtml Blackfire.net] ]
Joey also produced the
Ronnie Spectoralbum She Talks to Rainbowsin 1999,It was critically acclaimed, but did not perform too well with the public and went virtually unnoticed. The Title track was previously on The Ramoneslast studio album, " ¡Adios Amigos!".
. He had lymphoma for over seven years; [http://www.joeyramone.com/news_08.html] . This contributed to a fall he had in 2000 that ultimately proved to be fatal.Fact|date=September 2008 Memorials followed from his fans and musicians he had influenced.Fact|date=September 2008
He was listening to the song "
In a Little While" by U2when he died. [http://www.vh1.com/news/articles/1442817/04152001/ramones.jhtml VH1 news] ] This was during U2's Elevation Tour, and from that point on during shows Bonowould introduce the song as a tune that was originally about a lovestruck hangover but that Joey turned it into a gospel song.Fact|date=September 2008
His solo album "
Don't Worry About Me" was released posthumously in 2002, and features the single " What a Wonderful World", a cover of the Louis Armstrongstandard. The song was featured in a 2001 episode of " Gilmore Girls" and is included on "", the show's official soundtrack. The recording was also used for the closing credits for the Michael Mooredocumentary " Bowling for Columbine". It also features "Maria Bartiromo," a tribute to a financial-news broadcaster. More recently, his cover of " What a Wonderful World" has been used in a 2007 advertisement for the PS3 iteration of and was also used to open the release celebration for Windows Vistaand Microsoft Office2007.
MTV News claimed: "With his trademark rose-colored shades, black leather jacket, shoulder-length hair, ripped jeans and alternately snarling and crooning, hiccoughing vocals, Joey was the iconic godfather of punk." [http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1442817/20010415/story.jhtml MTV News obituary] ]
November 30 2003, a block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. [http://www.officialramones.com/joeyplace/main.html Officialramones.com] ] It is the block where Hyman once lived with bandmate Dee Dee Ramone, and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones got their start. Hyman's birthday is celebrated annually by rock 'n' roll nightclubs, hosted in New York City by his brother and, until recently, his mother. Joey was buried in Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.cite news |first= |last= |authorlink= |coauthors= |title= Sometimes the Grave Is a Fine and Public Place |url= |quote=But there are a slew of other places around New Jersey with their own pantheons. Consider the eclectic group at rest in Hillside Cemetery in Lyndhurst: the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet William Carlos Williams and both founders of the former industrial giant Becton-Dickinson, Maxwell Becton and Fairleigh Dickinson, for whom the New Jersey university is named. Three years ago, they were joined by the seminal punk rocker Joey Ramone, whose birth name was Jeffrey Hyman.|publisher= New York Times|date= March 28, 2004|accessdate=2007-08-21 ]
Joey died the year (2001) the Ramones were named as inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, prior to the actual ceremony held early the following year (2002).
Ramone's vocal style was unorthodox in that he had no formal training in an era where vocal proficiency was arguably the norm for most rock bands. His signature cracks, hiccups, snarls, crooning and youthful voice made his one of punk rock's most recognizable voices. Allmusic.com claims that "Joey Ramone's signature bleat was the voice of punk rock in America." [http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=11:h9fyxqtgldde~T1 Allmusic.com—Joey Ramone] ] As his vocals matured and deepened through his career, so did the Ramones' songwriting, leaving a notable difference from Joey's initial melodic and callow style—two notable tracks serving as examples are "
Somebody Put Something in My Drink" and "Mama's Boy".
:"For Ramones albums, see
Don't Worry About Me" – (2002)
In a Family Way" – Sibling Rivalry (1994)
*"" – The Ramones and Joey Ramone (solo) (1997)
Christmas Spirit...In My House" – (2002)
* "I Got You Babe" - (1982) (A duet with
Holly Beth Vincent)
* "What a Wonderful World" - (2002)
Notes and references
* [http://www.joeyramone.com The Official Joey Ramone Website]
*Monte A. Melnick Ramones Tour Manager "On The Road With The Ramones" [http://www.myspace.com/ontheroadwiththeramones]
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