The Ramones are considered the first punk rock group in history. The band was formed in 1974 composed of Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Hyman), Johnny Ramone (John Cummings) and Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin). Tommy Ramone (Tom Erdelyi) became their manager. In addition to the name, the common feature of the musicians was the outfit – torn blue jeans and leather jackets.
The band’s first concert took place in 1974. Then Tommy decided to join the group as a “full member” and became the drummer of the group. The formation quickly got permission to perform at the legendary CBGB’s club, where they played regularly for the next year. They later signed a contract with Sire, becoming the first punk band in New York to succeed.
1976 is the band’s debut album simply titled “Ramones”. It wasn’t a huge success, but the album got on the list in the United States. It was better in the UK, where The Ramones became the inspiration for many emerging groups. The rest of the year was spent by the musicians on touring and recording the next album – “Ramones Leave Home”. Like its predecessor, the album again landed too low on the US list to talk about a breakthrough, but it became a big hit in UK. In 1977, The Ramones and Sex Pistols were considered to be the two most important punk rock revolution bands.