Ramone, Joey

BORN 19 May 1951, New York City, New York: Forest Hills, Queens - DIED 15 Apr 2001, New York City, New York: New York-Presbyterian Hospital
BIRTH NAME Hyman, Jeffrey Ross
CAUSE OF DEATH lymphatic cancer
GRAVE LOCATION Lyndhurst, New Jersey: Hillside Cemetery (New Zion Cemetery)

Joey Ramone was born as Jeffrey Ross Hyman. He grew up in Forest Hills, Queens, New York City. During his youth he was a fan of Pete Townshend of The Who.

In 1974 he founded the band "The Ramones" together with John Cummings and Douglas Colvin. He became Joey ramone, John became Johnny Ramone and Douglas became Dee Dee Ramone. Initially Dee Dee was the vocalist and Joey the drummer, but after they recorded some songs Joey switched to vocals and manager Tommy Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone on drums.

In 1976 their debut album "Ramones" was released. The Ramones were very influencial in the New York punk scene but their commercial success was limited. In 1978 Tommy Ramone left the band (although he kept producing their records) and was replaced by Marc Bell (or Marky Ramone). In 1980 the legendary Phil Spector produced their album "End of the Century". "Subterranean Jungle" (1983) was their last album to reach the Billboard Album Top 100.

After over 20 years of making records and touring the world the band ceased to exist in 1996. In 1999 Joey produced Ronnie Spector's "She Talks to Rainbows". Joey had suffered from lymphoma since 1994 and in 2001 he died from the illness. Dee Dee Ramone died in 2002 and Johnny Ramone in 2004.


The grave of Joey Ramone at Hillside Cemetery, Lyndhurst.
Picture by Androom (20 Apr 2010)


Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Ramone

Ramsay, Allan

Published: 12 Sep 2010
Last update: 25 Feb 2022