Johnny Ramone

October 8, 1948 – September 15, 2004

Guitarist for the pioneer punk group the Ramones, Johnny Ramone (John William Cummings) was the downstroke/bar chord king. Formed in 1974 in Forest Hills, Queens, Johnny, Joey, Dee Dee and Tommy Ramone (all adopted pseudonyms) exploded onto the New York City club scene with their “wall of sound” and lightning fast songs. Their performances at storied venues GBGB and Max’s Kansas City drew massive attention and helped usher in a new genre of rock-and-roll: Punk. Johnny’s no-nonsense playing style was the rhythmic driving force behind the band’s massive hits like “Rockaway Beach”, “I Wanna Be Sedated” and “Blitzkrieg Bop.” They sold millions of albums, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, of course, fought with each other the entire time. The Ramones had many different line up changes through the years, but Johnny and lead singer Joey remained a constant presence until Joey’s death in 2001. Just 3 1/2 years later, Johnny too passed away after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. A star-studded benefit in his name is held each year at Hollywood Forever Cemetery.


Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

Specific Location

Garden of Legends – There is a prominent 8′ monument to Johnny located at the south end of the lake. Johnny’s widow has his cremated remains and the understanding is, when she goes, they will both be interred in the statue.

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