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Ramones

1951

Jeffrey Hyman (a.k.a. Joey Ramone) is born in Forest Hills, Queens, New York.

1951

John Cummings (a.k.a. Johnny Ramone) is born in Long Island, New York.

1952

Tommy Erdelyi (a.k.a. Tommy Ramone) is born in Budapest, Hungary.

1952

Douglas Colvin (a.k.a. Dee Dee Ramone) is born in Fort Lee, Virginia.

1956

Marc Bell (a.k.a. Marky Ramone) is born in New York City.

1974

The Ramones give their first live show at the Performance Studio in New York.

1974

The Ramones perform the first of many shows at New York’s CBGB’s.

1976

The Ramones’ self-titled first album, the initial volley in the punk-rock movement, is released. By contrast to all the big-budget pomp-rock albums of the mid-Seventies, ‘The Ramones’ cost only $6,000 to make.

1976

On the very day of the U.S. bicentennial, the Ramones kick off their first British tour at London’s Roundhouse, lighting a fire under the nascent punk movement by inspiring groups like the Sex Pistols, the Buzzcocks and the Clash. It is a seminal moment in punk-rock history.

1977

The Ramones second album, ‘Leave Home’ – which contains songs like “Pinhead,” “Carbona Not Glue” and “You Should Have Never Opened That Door” – enters the album charts, rising to only #148 in a brief, ten-week stand.

1977

“Sheena Is a Punk Rocker,” by the Ramones, enters the British singles charts, where it will peak at #22 – their first Top Forty hit.

1977

‘Rocket to Russia,’ the Ramones’ third album, enters the album chart, where it reaches a respectable #49. It contains all three Ramones singles ever to chart in the U.S.

1977

The Ramones perform on New Year’s Eve at London’s Rainbow Theatre. The concert is subsequently released (though not in the U.S.) as the double album ‘It’s Alive.’

1978

‘Road to Ruin,’ the Ramones’ fourth album, is released. It contains such anthems as “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “I Just Want to Have Something to Do.”

1979

The Allan Arkush-directed ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll High School,’ featuring the Ramones on the soundtrack and in the movie, premieres in Los Angeles.

1980

The Ramones’ remake of the Ronettes’ “Baby I Love You” enters the British singles chart, where it will peak at #8 – their biggest hit in any country.

1980

‘End of the Century’ - the Ramones’ fifth album, produced by Phil Spector – enters the album chart. It will be the highest-charting album of their career, reaching #44.

1984

‘Too Tough to Die,’ among the best of the Ramones’ later albums, is released.

1994

‘Acid Eaters,’ an album of psychedelic covers by the Ramones, enters the album chart.

1995

The Ramones release their fourteenth and final studio album, ‘Adios Amigos.’

1996

After touring as part of the sixth annual Lollapalooza festival, the Ramones perform their 2,263rd and final show in Los Angeles.

2001

Joey Ramone dies of lymphatic cancer in New York.

2002

Joey Ramone’s solo album, ‘Don’t Worry About Me,’ is released.

2002

The Ramones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the seventeenth annual induction dinner. Eddie Vedder is their presenter.

2002

Dee Dee Ramone dies of an apparent overdose.

2004

Johnny Ramone passes away after a fight with prostate cancer.