This Day In Punk Rock. THE RAMONES
Dee Dee Ramone (born Douglas Glenn Colvin in Forth Lee, Virginia US, Sept. 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002) was a founding member, and primary songwriter in the world famous Ramones.
He was the bassist from their start in 1974 until leaving the band in 1989 to pursue a solo career and other endeavors. Dee Dee continued to write songs for the Ramones until they retired in 1996. His unique perspective and invaluable artistic contributions were a vital element to the chemistry of the Ramones.
Recipient of a Grammy award for lifetime achievement, Dee Dee is the most influential punk rock bassist, and one of the most prolific punk rock songwriters of all-time.
It not been for Dee Dee, the band might not have been known as “The Ramones”. After Dee Dee read about Paul McCartney's habit of checking into hotels under the name “Paul Ramon” for anonymity, Dee Dee began using the name and suggested that Joey, Johnny and Tommy also adopt “Ramone” (adding the letter ‘e’) and the “Ramones” were born. 28 years later, the band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside the Beatles themselves.
Beyond his work in the Ramones, Dee Dee had a thriving solo career and expressed himself artistically in many different mediums. He continued writing and recording music consistently, eventually switching from bass to guitar with wife Barbara Ramone Zampini on bass and occasionally on vocals. He released a string of singles and solo albums from 1987 - 2002, (many of which remain long out of print). A true renaissance man, Dee Dee’s multi-faceted art included an ongoing series of paintings, some of which are prominently displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and museum in Cleveland. His pieces have sold in galleries all over the world for impressive amounts throughout his lifetime and only continue to escalate in value
Dee Dee's gravesite is located at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.
(as from www.deedeeramone.com)