The "Ramones" were an American rock band widely considered to be the first punk rock group. While acknowledged as defining the sound and attitude of mid-1970s punk, they never really achieved the commercial success of their contemporaries The Clash or the notoriety of the Sex Pistols, but still had an immense impact on the punk and alternative rock scenes.
After forming in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, in 1974, they performed virtually non-stop for 22 years until disbanding in 1996 after a final tour with the Lollapalooza music festival. Three of the original band members—Joey, Johnny, and Dee Dee Ramone—died within a few years of the break up. While they were always regarded as influential, it is arguable that the band’s fame is now greater than while they were actively performing and recording.
The original band members were:
*Joey Ramone (May 19, 1951–April 15, 2001) (real name Jeffry Ross Hyman) (vocals) (1974–1996)
*Johnny Ramone (October 8, 1948–September 15, 2004) (real name John Cummings) (guitar) (1974–1996)
*Dee Dee Ramone (September 18, 1952–June 5, 2002) (real name Douglas Glenn Colvin) (bass guitar) ...
|Origin||Forest Hills, Queens, New York, USA|
|Years active||1974 in music|
|Past members||Joey Ramone|
Dee Dee Ramone