Obits — July 11, 2014 at 11:25 pm

Tommy Ramone, last original member of the Ramones, 1949-2014

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Tommy Ramone, the last surviving original member of legendary punk act Ramones, who played drums on and co-produced the band’s classic first three albums (1976’s Ramones, 1977’s Leave Home and 1978’s Road to Ruin) and went on to produce The Replacements’ Tim, passed away earlier today, according to the Ramones’ Facebook page. He was 65.

He died at home in Queens, New York, where he was in hospice care after being treated for bile-duct cancer, according to a report from Variety.

Born Erdélyi Tamás in Budapest, Hungary, and later going by Thomas Erdelyi, Tommy was going to be the Ramones’ manager, but instead took over on drums when Joey Ramone became lead singer. Tommy played in the band from 1974 until 1978, when he left and was replaced by Marky Ramone. Nevertheless, Tommy stayed on co-produce the Ramones’ fourth album, Road to Ruin (1978).

His songwriting credits included “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend,” released as a single in 1976.

Later, during the ’80s, Tommy produced the ‘Mats classic Tim and Red Kross’ Neurotica. In more recent years, he had been playing with Claudia Tienan in the bluegrass-tinged duo Uncle Monk.

Tommy was preceded in death by Joey (2001), Dee Dee (2002) and Johnny (2004).

The tributes began pouring in immediately tonight:
















  1. Are you sure he’s gone? this site says it is a hoax:

  2. I don’t think it’s a hoax. Others from the scene were posting the same news on their Facebook pages. I saw one note before I even saw articles on the net.

  3. Jeff Hitz

    re Gabor Por – That same website states that Tommy won “World’s Sexiest Musician” in 2014 and 2013. Everyone knows that he hadn’t held that title since 2009.

  4. Monte A. Melnick

    Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
    We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
    I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
    He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
    We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60’s and early 70’s.
    We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he in the Ramones and well after he left.
    He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
    He will be
    I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.

  5. don’t think it’s a hoax, all the Ramones related pages are posting it too

  6. Scott Stalcup

    If Monte’s posted a memorial, it’s a sad truth. He’d know for sure.

    We still have the records and they’re all very much alive on those. Play ’em all. Then play ’em again.

    Too Tough to Die? Actually, yeah.

  7. annemarie

    Tommy also played on Rocket to Russia (which also came out in 1977), & was his 3rd and last Ramones album on the drums. R2R was #4. God I feel old for out living them all. Rest in Peace (& f&ck cancer)

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