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We want to wish a very happy birthday to Jeffrey Ross Hyman – better known as Joey Ramone who was “the heart and soul” of one of the most influential punk bands of the 1970s. Joey would have turned 58 on Tuesday but this battle with Lymphoma came to an end in April 2001. Over the course of 22years the Ramones toured virtually non-stop and played music that inspired everyone from the Sex Pistols to the Clash to Green Day and Blink-182.

Joey Ramone was the perfect visual centerpiece for the band. Their power-drill hooks, delivered with relentless simplicity, gave the band a stripped-down-less-is-more attitude an immediate impact in a NYC music scene already brimming with talent. And along with Talking Heads, Blondie, the New York Dolls and others, were responsible for the club CBGBs being identified as the lightning rod of the punk movement. Formed in March 1974, by (Joey, Johnny, Dee Dee, and Tommy) they promoted an adolescent attitude not only in their song-writing, but in their trademark outfits.