It comes with great sadness to announce the death of punk rock legend, Tommy Ramone. Ramone, whose real name was Tom Erdelyi, died Friday at his home in the Ridgewood area of Queens, New York. He was 65. The punk rock icon had been in hospice care following treatment for bile duct cancer.
Erdelyi was one of the co-founder of the iconic punk group that helped bring in the genre that most of us love and even helped to influence many of the bands that we probably have on rotation at the moment.
Erdelyi was an intricate part of the band, writing many of the band’s early classics including “Blitzkrieg Bop,” though he only played on the band’s first three records. He left the band in 1977 to pursue a career in producing, which he had studied to do at the Record Plant studio in Manhattan. He trained to become a recording engineer. Most notably, Erdelyi prodcued The Replacement’s “Tim” in 1985. He left the band after the release of Rocket to Russia and was replaced by Marc Bell who would go one to become Marky Ramone.
The Ramones disbanded in 1996 after a show at the Palace in Hollywood. Joey Ramone died of lymphoma in 2001; Dee Dee succumbed to a drug overdose in 2002; and Johnny passed away from prostate cancer in 2004 leaving Erdelyi as the only remaining (original) member of the punk rock band.
The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
Maybe all the Ramones are finally getting along and having a great time in rock and roll heaven.RIP.