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John William Cummings
The Ramones were an American punk rock band formed in New York City in 1974 and disbanded in 1996. The band achieved 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 not related, the band members all adopted a pseudonym ending in the surname 'Ramone'. Bassist Douglas Glenn Colvin was the first to change his name to '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' and convinced the other members to take on the surname as a means of conveying their unity. He was also the one to suggest the band be called the Ramones.
Guitarist John William Cummings (1948–2004) took on the name Johnny Ramone. He triggered one of the major sources of animosity within the band when he started dating, and later married, Joey's girlfriend Linda Ramone. Joey wrote the songs ‘The KKK Took My Baby Away’ and ‘She Belongs To Me’ about this painful incident. The band remained together for years after this, but the relation between Johnny and Joey remained cold and there was almost no verbal communication between the two.
See also Barbara Ramone, Elvis Ramone, Dee Dee Ramone, Marky Ramone, Joey Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone, C. J. Ramone and Linda Ramone.
‘Johnny Ramone’, Wikipedia, retrieved 24 April 2014
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