The Ramones were one of the first bands to hold a massive influence over the punk rock movement in the 1970s and, although their commercial success wasn’t outstanding, their recognition began to grow as the years have passed. Tommy Ramone, one of the founding members of the band – as well as the last surviving member – passed away on Friday, July 11th. As a member of the band, Tommy played drums on three albums (Ramones, Leave Home, Rocket to Russia) until ultimately being replaced by Marky Ramone in 1978. Tommy remained involved with the band as a manager as well as helping to produce albums.
Their success may have come later on, but The Ramones have been deemed one of the greatest artists of all time by Rolling Stone as well as VH1 and Spin magazine. Other achievements include their 2002 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as their 2011 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 1978, Tommy spoke about the band stating, “It wasn’t just music in The Ramones: it was an idea. It was bringing back a whole feel that was missing in rock music – it was a whole push outwards to say something new and different.”