Joey Ramone / May 19, 1951 - April 15, 2001

Today is the birthday of Jeffrey Hyman aka Joey Ramone, front man of The Ramones and pop-punk idol. He came out of Forest Hills, Queens with his love of '60s rock, girl groups and glam and joined Sniper in the early '70s playing shows with groups like the NY Dolls and Suicide.

In '74 he formed the Ramones (the name a reference to a Paul McCartney pseudonym). Joey was originally the drummer of the band, but being an excellent self-taught singer it wasn't long before he was the frontman to one of the best punk bands in the world for the next twenty years.

In '85 he participated in the Artists United Against Apartheid project Sun City and has also guested with Youth Gone Mad, Helen Love and Diné-Navajo rock band Blackfire. Other projects included managing horror-punk band The Independents and he produced Ronnie Spector's She Talks To Rainbows album. He died at 49, but not before becoming a NYC rock icon!

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