Tommy Ramone

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

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