We Still Miss You, Joey Ramone
Even though he's been gone for almost a decade now, we still love Joey Ramone. We defy anyone to find a more perfect way to spend 30 or so minutes than listening to the band's self-titled 1976 debut. It cures what ails ya. The lead howler of the Ramones, born Jeffrey Hyman, would have been 58 Tuesday had he not succumbed to lymphoma in April 2001. Bandmates Dee Dee and Johnny Ramone followed Joey to the great CBGB's in the sky in 2002 and 2004, respectively. As you can see in this cute video from the old Geraldo Rivera show, in what looks to be the late '80s, Joey's mom Charlotte Lesher was a huge fan of her tall lanky punk pioneer of a son. She passed away in 2007.
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