Joey Ramone Biography
(Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones)
Birthday: May 19, 1951 (Taurus)
Born In: Forest Hills, New York, United States
Joey Ramone was the founder of “Ramones,” the first punk band of America. Clad in leather jacket, torn jean and adorned with sun glasses and singing in a youthful and energetic voice, he gave his band a typical punk image. His favorite bands include “The Who,” “The Stooges,” and “The Beatles.” He named his band “Ramones” the stage name initially used by Paul McCartney, the lead singer and songwriter of “The Beatles.” During his teens, he used to play in the clubs of New York under the stage name of Jeff Starship. He was a recluse during his school days and he was emotionally upset when his parents were divorced. He suffered due to obsessive compulsive disorder and took refuge in music, initially as a drummer and later as a vocalist. His unique rock and roll style got him the credit as “the voice of punk rock in America," from “allmusic.com.” The Ramones ruled the music arena of United States for over two decades performing 2,263 concerts. In spite of their popularity, the group could neither produce any hits ranked within 40 in the US charts nor achieve stardom; this led them to disband after 22 years of the inception.