1. Joey was born Jeffry Ross Hyman on May 19, 1951 in Queens, New York to mum Charlotte Lesher and dad Noel. His reportedly dysfunctional upbringing later inspired 1977 track 'We're A Happy Family'.
2. Poor Joey was beset by problems growing up, having to wear a full-length leg cast for the first eight months of his life. He suffered from severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and was admitted to St. Vincent's Hospital (a mental institution) for a month as a teenager. He either checked himself in, or was forced to go there by his parents after pulling a knife on his brother Mickey and his mum - depending on who's telling the story.
3. After drumming from the age of 13, Joey was asked by John Cummings (Johnny) and Douglas Colvin (Dee Dee) to join their band in 1974. They each took the surname "Ramone", inspired by Paul McCartney who used to book in to hotels as 'Paul Ramon'.
4. Johnny played guitar and Dee Dee sang, but Joey claimed that he "couldn't keep up" as the band got faster and faster. Dee Dee was happy to move on to bass, Joey took over on the microphone and manager Tommy Erdelyi picked up the sticks, becoming Tommy Ramone (of course). Despite changing the world forever, the Ramones' self-titled debut was recorded in a week and cost a measly $6,400.
5. He didn't always start off that cool... According to his little brother Mickey, Joey wore knee-high purple boots and a body-hugging jumpsuit as a glam fan in the early '70s and even called himself 'Jeff Starship'!
6. Rumour has it that Joey wrote the 1981 Ramones single 'The KKK Took My Baby Away' about the band's resident right-winger Johnny, who - as well as giving him all manner of anti-Semitic grief over the years - nabbed his girlfriend Linda Cummings and eventually married her.
7. People talk about The Stooges or New York Dolls inventing punk (and John Lydon is adamant his lot did it all by themselves), but Joey's given his opinion on more than one occasion. "We went to England in July of '76 and we drew 3,000 at The Roundhouse and sold out everywhere," he told Artist Magazine. "We were attracting all this royalty and all the people who would later become the Sex Pistols and the rest. They came to sound check and told us they formed their bands after hearing our album. When we left England, the whole British punk scene kicked off. "
8. Not put off by the problems recording End of the Century with a gun-wielding Phil Spector at the end of the '70s, Joey hooked up with the Wall Of Sound man's ex-wife Ronnie to produce one of the most criminally ignored records of all time with the She Talks to Rainbows EP in 1999. Beg, borrow or steal a copy now!
9. After his death, Joey's posthumous solo album Don't Worry About Me was released in 2002. It features super-Ramones fans Helen Love on 'Mr Punchy' (returning the favour after he warbled on their 'Punk Boy'). Its lead single was a cover of 'What a Wonderful World', which yoinked a riff from the Sex Pistols' 'Pretty Vacant' and had a video directed by Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry. Joey's last project was singing on two tracks for Native American punk rockers Blackfire.
10. The intersection of Bowery and East 2nd Street where Joey once lived with Dee Dee was officially named Joey Ramone Place in 2003. Last year, it was reported that the road sign was the most stolen in the country, and it was moved 20 feet above ground level to stop people nicking it!
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