Joey Ramone

May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001

Jeffrey Hyman had all the makings of an awkward kid. He was tall, shy and struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder. But he found solace in music. He loved bands like The Who and The Beatles. He learned to play the drums. He joined a band. Then he joined another band. Then he changed his name to “Joey Ramone” and became an icon.

As the original-drummer-turned-lead-singer for the renowned punk band, the Ramones, Joey quite literally found his voice on stage. In a time when the New York band scene was booming, but laden with copycats and emulators, the Ramones – and Joey, in particular – were unlike anything or anyone else. Joey fronted the raucous band with an imposing stage presence for 27 years. He also worked on side projects as a songwriter and solo performer and even produced other acts.

Ramone battled lymphoma for the last 7 years of his life. In 2001, at the age of just 49, he succumbed to the disease. He was posthumously inducted, along with his band mates, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame the following year.

Burial

Hillside Cemetery – Lyndhurst, NJ

Specific Location

Enter through the 3rd gate (“New Mount Zion”) along Orient Way and go straight. Stop when you reach a marker on your right with WEINBERGER/MELNICK on it. Joey is buried in the 3rd row behind this marker.

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