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The Ramones were an American punk rock band formed in New York City in 1974 and disbanded in 1996. The band achieved only limited commercial success, but was a major influence on the punk rock movement in both the USA and the UK. They reached the Billboard Top 100 several times. Recently a Ramones Museum opened in Berlin, containing more than 300 memorabilia items, such as Johnny’s stage-worn jeans and Marky's sneakers.
Although none of them were related all of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending in the surname 'Ramone'. Bassist Douglas Glenn Colvin was the first to adopt the name 'Ramone' in 1974, calling himself Dee Dee Ramone. He was inspired by Paul McCartney's use of the pseudonym Paul Ramon during his Silver Beetles days, (an earlier band name of The Beatles). Dee Dee added an 'e' to the name and convinced the other members to take on the surname as a means of conveying their unity. He also came up with the idea of calling the band the Ramones.
When the Ramones first formed, Thomas Erdelyi (1952–2013), born Erdélyi Tamás, was supposed to be the band’s manager. But he soon became the band's drummer when Joey found he could not keep up with the Ramones' increasingly fast tempos and became lead singer. Thomas received the name Tommy Ramone.
See also Barbara Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone, Joey Ramone, Richie Ramone, Elvis Ramone, C. J. Ramone and Linda Ramone.
‘Tommy Ramone’, Wikipedia, retrieved 24 April 2014
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