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Jeffry Hyman (May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001), better known as Joey Ramone, was an American vocalist and songwriter best known for his work in the legendary punk rock group The Ramones. He and bandmate Johnny Ramone (nÃ© John Cummings) were the only two members who stayed with the band until their retirement in 1996.
Hyman grew up in Forest Hills, Queens. During his youth, he was by general accounts something of an outcast and had a dysfunctional family life, as his parents split in the early 1960s. His mother, Charlotte, encouraged an interest in music in both him and his brother Mitchell (a.k.a. Mickey Leigh). He was a fan of The Who, among other bands (particularly