18 July 2014

In memory: Jimmy Quinn, Tommy Ramone

Thanks again to Ray O'Brien and 'Bluegrass in Ireland' for sharing an item published today on the Mohill Bluegrass Festival Facebook page: a three-minute video by Cinny McAdam of Jimmy Quinn, singing lead on 'Carolina Star' in a barroom jam - a reminder of what the scene lost with Jimmy's death in February this year.

Tommy Ramone, born Tamas Erdelyi in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949, died last Friday (11 July). He was the drummer and last surviving founder-member of the Ramones, the pioneering New York punk-rock band who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2011 Grammies.

By that time he had become the most notable of the growing number of pickers making the transition from punk rock to old-time music, and performed on vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo, and dobro as a member of the duo Uncle Monk with Claudia Tienan (see photo). They toured in Ireland in late April and early May 2010.

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At 3:00 am, Blogger Monte A. Melnick said...

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Throughout the remarkable twenty-two-year career of the Ramones the seminal punk rock band, Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Recording Academy Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners and inductees into The Library of Congress' National Recording Registry, Monte A. Melnick saw it all. He was the band’s tour manager from their 1974 CBGB debut to their final show in 1996. Now, in this NEW UPDATED EDITION he tells his story. Full of insider perspectives and exclusive interviews and packed with over 250 personal color photos and images; this is a must-have for all fans of the Ramones.

At 3:04 am, Blogger Monte A. Melnick said...

Tommy was my dearest and oldest friend.
We grew up together in Forest Hills Queens New York.
I went to Stephen A Halsey Jr High and Forest Hills High school with him.
He got me to pick up the bass guitar and enter into the crazy world of rock music.
We played in several bands together (Triad & Butch) here in NYC over the late 60's and early 70's. We built and managed Performance Studios in NYC, a recording/rehearsal studio the Ramones started in. I worked with him when he was in the Ramones and well after he left. He had an advanced musical foresight, well ahead of the times in forming and being part of the Ramones. He was a great musician on the guitar, then the drums, later on the mandolin, banjo, fiddle and many more instruments. His musical expanse bridged from Punk to Indie Bluegrass.
I mourn the passing of the last of the original Ramones, my friend and a true musical visionary.

Monte A. Melnick
"On The Road with the Ramones"


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