Saturday, 12 July 2014

Thomas (Tommy Ramone) Erdelyi, 1952-2014

R.I.P. Tommy


Monte A. Melnick said...

Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60's and early 70's.
We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he in the Ramones and well after he left.
He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
He will be
I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.

Si said...

Hey Monte, thanks for dropping by and leaving a message. It's lovely to get this little potted Tommy history from you - I'm sorry for your loss. He was a great and inspirational character - he along with his fellow Ramones had an astonishing impact on musical development and much credit is due to him for that - - I mean where would we have been without punk rock?

All the best