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Johnny Ramone

Guitarist Johnny Ramone

Profession: Guitarist

United States of America

Why Famous: Lead guitarist and songwriter for influential American punk band the Ramones.

Ramone was one of the founding members of the band in Queens, New York in 1974. Band members all took the surname Ramone and weren't related.

The band played together for 22 years before disbanding in 1996. Now regarded as one of the all-time greats, the Ramones are the recipients of a Lifetime Grammy award and have also been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Born: October 8, 1948
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, USA

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Rat
Star Sign: Libra

Died: September 15, 2004 (aged 55)
Cause of Death: Prostate cancer

Historical Events

  • 1974-08-16 Ramones concert debut (NYC's CBGBs)
  • 1979-08-24 Musical film "Rock 'n' Roll High School" directed by Allan Arkush featuring the Ramones is released in NYC (released throughout the US 20 days later)
  • 1996-08-06 Punk rock band the Ramones perform for the last time at the Palace in Hollywood
  • 2002-03-18 The Ramones are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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