Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi (Hungarian: Erdélyi Tamás;)
January 29, 1949 – July 11, 2014), better known by his stage name Tommy Ramone, was an American record producer and musician. He was the drummer for the influential punk rock band the Ramones for the first four years of the band’s existence.
Tommy and guitarist John Cummings (later to be dubbed “Johnny Ramone”) performed together in a mid-1960s four-piece garage band, the Tangerine Puppets, while in high school.In 1970, Erdelyi was an assistant engineer for the production of the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys.
When the Ramones first came together, with Johnny Ramone on guitar, Dee Dee Ramone on bass and Joey Ramone on drums, Erdelyi was supposed to be the manager, but was drafted as the band’s drummer when Joey became the lead singer, after realizing that he couldn’t keep up with the Ramones’ increasingly fast tempos. “Tommy Ramone, who was managing us, finally had to sit down behind the drums, because nobody else wanted to,” Dee Dee later recalled.
He remained as drummer from 1974 to 1978, playing on and co-producing their first three albums, Ramones, Leave Home, and Rocket to Russia, as well as the live album It’s Alive
Phil Everly ( January 19, 1939- January 3, 2914)
The Everly Brothers were American country-influenced rock and roll singers, known for steel-string guitar playing and close harmony singing. The duo, consisting of Isaac Donald “Don” Everly (born February 1, 1937) and Phillip “Phil” Everly (January 19, 1939 – January 3, 2014), were elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001
Their first Cadence single, “Bye Bye Love,” had been rejected by 30 other acts but the Everlys saw potential in the song. Their recording of “Bye Bye Love” reached No. 2 on the pop charts behind Elvis Presley’s “(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear”, hitting No. 1 on the Country and No. 5 on the R&B charts The song, written by the husband and wife team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant, became the Everly Brothers’ first million-seller.
They became stalwarts of the Cadence label. Working with the Bryants, the duo had hits in the United States and the United Kingdom, the biggest being “Wake Up Little Susie”, “All I Have to Do Is Dream”, “Bird Dog”, and “Problems”, all penned by the Bryants. The Everlys also found success as songwriters, especially with Don’s “(Till) I Kissed You”, which hit No. 4 on the United States pop charts.
Alvin Lee (born Graham Anthony Barnes, 19 December 1944 – 6 March 2013)
A British guitarist and singer, best known as the lead guitarist and lead singer with the blues-rock band Ten Years After.
Lee’s overall musical output includes more than twenty albums, including 1985’s Detroit Diesel, 1989’s About Time (Ten Years After album), recorded in Memphis with producer Terry Manning, and the back to back 1990s collections of Zoom and Nineteen Ninety-Four (US title I Hear You Rockin’ ). Guest artists on both albums included George Harrison.