- The Ramones were an American rock band that formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York in 1974 and is often cited as the first punk rock group.
- On September 15, 2004, Johnny Ramone died in his Los Angeles home after a five year battle with prostate cancer.
- In 2003 Johnny was named the #16th greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine.
- Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement both in the United States and the United Kingdom.
- The Ramones were ranked #26 on Rolling Stone magazine's The Immortals - The 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.
- All of the band members adopted pseudonyms ending with the surname "Ramone", though none of them were actually related.
- Joey Ramone died of lymphoma at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital on April 15, 2001.
- They performed 2,263 concerts, touring virtually nonstop for 22 years.
- The Ramones's hit "I Wanna Be Sedated" was ranked #75 on VH1's 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 Years.
- In 2002, the Ramones were ranked the second-greatest band of all time by Spin magazine, trailing only The Beatles.
- The Ramones's two albums 1976's The Ramones was ranked #33 and 1977's Rocket to Russia was ranked #105 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
- On March 18, 2002, the Ramones—including the three founders and drummers Marky and Tommy Ramone—were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
- The Ramones's hit "I Wanna Be Sedated" was ranked #71 on Rolling Stone magazine & MTV's 100 Greatest Pop Songs.
- The Ramones's 1976 album The Ramones was ranked #54 on VH1's 100 Greatest Albums.
- The Ramones's music video "Psycho Therapy" was ranked #74 on Rolling Stone magazine's The 100 Top Music Videos.
- The Ramones were ranked #88 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Rock & Roll.
- Joey and Johnny Ramone are the only members to have never been replaced.
- They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.
- The Ramones are #17 on VH1's 100 Greatest Artist of Hard Rock.
- The Ramones are often referred to as the "Godfathers of Punk".
- The bass player of the band, Douglas Colvin (aka. DeeDee Ramone) died of an apparent overdose on June 6th, 2002.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
21 facts about The Ramones