Founding Ramones member Tommy Ramone is being remembered for his talent and his kindness.
On Twitter, Blondie's Chris Stein calls the late punk pioneer "a lovely gentle guy, super smart," while Andrew WK tweets that Tommy was "one of the most ground breaking drummers and producers ever. And always nice."
I will remember Tommy fondly, I met him maybe even in 1972 when he was in a band that played Mercer Arts called... http://t.co/8SbuWt5XL3— chris stein (@ESXP) July 12, 2014
Just found out that Tommy Ramone died today. One of the most ground breaking drummers and producers ever. And always nice. #PunkPartyLegend— ANDREW W.K. (@AndrewWK) July 12, 2014
Singer-songwriter and producer Butch Walker says "The Ramones made me wanna dress like I wasn't supposed to play catchy music, but did anyway."
The Ramones made me wanna dress like I wasn't supposed to play catchy music, but did anyway. Punk is finally dead.. RIP Tommy Ramone :-(— butchwalker (@butchwalker) July 12, 2014
Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith calls Tommy "one of the greats."
We've lost one of the greats. R.I.P Tommy Ramone— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) July 12, 2014
The E Street Band's Nils Lofgren, The Roots' Questlove, and Motorhead have also acknowledged Tommy's death via Twitter, along with pop-country star Michelle Branch, OutKast's Big Boi, and many others.
Rest in Peace Tommy Ramone. pic.twitter.com/tP2XFmgd9k— Nils Lofgren (@nilslofgren) July 12, 2014
1-2-3-4-"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" goodbye Tommy Ramone— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) July 12, 2014
#RIPTommyRamone you will be missed!— Official Motörhead (@myMotorhead) July 12, 2014
R.I.P. Tommy Ramone— Michelle Branch (@michellebranch) July 12, 2014
Tommy Ramone, whose given name was Erdelyi, was The Ramones' original drummer. He played on the group's first three albums, and also served as the band's manager and producer.
Tommy died Friday in Queens, New York of cancer. He was 65. A private funeral is being planned.
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