This Day In Punk. The Ramone Family
Johnny Ramone (1948-2004) would be 68 today, C.J. Ramone today turns 51.
John William Cummings (New York, October 8, 1948 – Los Angeles, September 15, 2004), is better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone. He was the guitarist for the Ramones. He was a founding member of the band, and remained a member throughout the band's entire career. He died on September 15, 2004.
In 2003, he appeared on Time’s “10 Greatest Electric-Guitar Players". That same year, he was number 16 on the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" list in Rolling Stone.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 as a member of the Ramones.
Christopher Joseph Ward was born on October 8, 1965 in New York. He is better known as C. J. Ramone, bassist, backing and occasional lead vocalist of the ramones from 1989 to 1996. Ward replaced original band member Dee Dee Ramone, though Dee Dee continued to write songs for the group. C.J. sang many well-known Ramones songs and gave the band a younger image. C.J. Ramone was the youngest member of the Ramones when he joined, by nine years.
Johnny Ramone said he knew immediately when C.J. auditioned to replace Dee Dee that he was right, commenting that he "had the right look".
The Ramones performed 2,263 concerts – roughly as many as the Grateful Dead, as ironic as that may seem - between their formation in 1974 and final show in Los Angeles on August 6, 1996. They released 21 studio, live and compilation albums over a 20-year period, almost faithfully issuing an album a year.
The British speed-metal band Motorhead paid them tribute with a song, entitled “R.A.M.O.N.E.S.”. Listen below!