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THE RAMONES

 

The band met  in 1974. Dee Dee and Johnny met at a café at Forest Hills high school and talked about bringing a band together.
A few weeks  later they got their first instruments. Johnny bought his first Mosrite (blue) for 50$ at Mannys Guitar center on the 48th street, Dee Dee got an DanElectro bass which got smashed after a short while and he had to buy a new one. He bought a Fender Precision from Fred Smith (Television). The Ramones was born.

 

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The first set: Joey (drums) Dee Dee (vocals, guitar) Johnny (guitar) Richie (Bass). At the same time Joey was also a singer in a band called Snipper. The first couple of songs Ramones wrote was "Judy is a punk" and "53rd & 3rd".
Then it was time for their first appearance on stage at Thomas Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone) who had a little studio at East 23rd Street NYC (13/3 1974). Tommy joined the band later   as a drummer because Joey wanted to sing (Richie left).

The second set: Joey (vocals) Johnny (guitar) Dee Dee (bass) Tommy (drums). Things started to roll for the band with a couple of legendary gigs at the famous rock club, CBGB (Country, Bluegrass and Blues), where many famous bands had played, like Patti Smith, Blondie, Talking Heads. Ramones then got signed at the label SIRE
Records and released the self titled album "Ramones" (1976). A year later the 2nd album "Leave Home" was out. Then they released the classic album "Rocket To Russia" with tracks like "Rockaway Beach" and "Sheena is a Punkrocker".

1977 is the date when Ramones recorded their first live album "Itīs Alive". It was recorded at the Rainbow Theater (London, UK). After the gig Sid Vicious (Sex Pistols) walked up to Dee Dee and told him that he could play every Ramones song on his bass and that he was a big fan of the band.
In 1978 Ramones appeard in the movie "Rockīnīroll Highschool" playing the part of themselves. At that time the band had changed drummer with Mark Bell from Brooklyn (Marky Ramone). Since then they have recorded a whole pile off albums.

When Ramones made the album "Brain Drain" the bass player was changed to CJ Ramone, Dee Dee left the band for a solo project.
Now they have left the scene  with their farewell album "Adios Amigos".

Surrusca Fabio & Cassiani Luca

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