|Birth name||Erdélyi Tamás|
|Also known as||Tommy Ramone, Scotty, Thomas Erdelyi|
January 29, 1952 |
|Genres||Punk rock, bluegrass|
|Occupations||Musician, songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Drums, mandolin, guitar, vocals|
|Labels||Sire, Radioactive, Chrysalis|
|Associated acts||Ramones, Uncle Monk|
Tommy Ramone, also known as Thomas Erdelyi (born Erdélyi Tamás; January 29, 1952), is a Hungarian American record producer and musician. He was the drummer of the influential punk rock band the Ramones and is the last surviving member of the original quartet.
Erdélyi is Jewish, and was born in Budapest, Hungary, to Jewish parents who had survived the Holocaust by being hidden by neighbors, though many of his relatives were victims of the Nazis. He grew up in Forest Hills, New York.  Tommy and guitarist John Cummings (later to be dubbed "Johnny Ramone") performed together in a mid-60's four-piece garage band called the Tangerine Puppets while in high school. In 1970, Erdelyi was an assistant engineer for the production of the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys.
Producer and drummer for the Ramones 
When the Ramones first came together, with Johnny Ramone on guitar, Dee Dee Ramone on bass and Joey Ramone on drums, Erdelyi was supposed to be the manager, but was drafted as the band's drummer when Joey became the lead singer and found that he couldn't keep up with the Ramones' increasingly fast tempos. "Tommy Ramone, who was managing us, finally had to sit down behind the drums, because nobody else wanted to," Dee Dee later recalled.
Behind the scenes with the Ramones 
He was replaced on drums in 1978 by Marky Ramone, but handled band management and co-production for their fourth album, Road to Ruin; he later returned as producer for the eighth album, 1984's Too Tough to Die.
Even though Tommy was an original member and co-producer for the Ramones, both Dee Dee and Johnny denied that he influenced the Ramones' sound. During interviews for the End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, Dee Dee stated that Tommy was simply "at the right place at the right time". This seemingly contradicts an earlier interview in the same film in which Johnny Ramone states that Tommy was very important to the band.
Dee Dee, in his books, expressed resentment towards Tommy for having it "together" more than anyone else in the band, being able to cook himself dinner and organize his life in a much more functional manner, without the psychosis or addiction problems that Dee Dee himself suffered from. In comparison to everyone else in the band, Tommy was seemingly "normal", though there are accounts of him partying with the band and driving them around in his car in the early days. Tommy Ramone wrote "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" and the majority of "Blitzkrieg Bop" while bassist Dee Dee suggested the title. He and Ed Stasium played all the guitar solos on the albums he produced, as Johnny Ramone largely preferred playing rhythm guitar.
On October 8, 2004, he played as a Ramone once again, when he joined C.J. Ramone, Daniel Rey, and Clem Burke (also known as Elvis Ramone) in the "Ramones Beat Down On Cancer" concert. In October 2007 in an interview to promote It's Alive 1974-1996 a double DVD of the band's greatest televised live performances he paid tribute to his deceased bandmates:
"They gave everything they could in every show. They weren't the type to phone it in, if you see what I mean."
Currently, Tommy and Claudia Tienan (formerly of underground band The Simplistics) are performing as a bluegrass-based folk duo called Uncle Monk. Says Tommy: "There are a lot of similarities between punk and old-time music. Both are home-brewed music as opposed to schooled, and both have an earthy energy. And anybody can pick up an instrument and start playing." He joined songwriter Chris Castle, Garth Hudson, Larry Campbell (musician) and the Womack Family Band in July 2011 at Levon Helm Studios for Castle's album Last Bird Home.
Discography with the Ramones 
- Ramones (1976)
- Leave Home (1977)
- Rocket to Russia (1977)
- It's Alive (1979)
- Too Tough to Die (1984)
- NYC 1978 (2003)
- Melnick, Monte A.; Meyer, Frank (2003). On the Road with the Ramones. MJF Books. p. 18. ISBN 1-60671-020-6.
- Harper, Jason. "Tommy Ramone Gives the Mountain Music Shoppe a Brush with CBGB". Pitch.com. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- "Punk rock legend enjoying venture into old-time music". News.branson.com. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- Ballon, Marc. "Book reveals secrets from the Patriarchs of Punk: CBGBs was really Heebie Jeebies", The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles, February 1, 2007. Accessed September 7, 2011. "Erdélyi kept his Jewish identity so well concealed that not even Danny Fields, the Ramones' first manager (himself a Jew), knew of Tommy Ramone's religious background until now. That Tommy Ramone would want to keep his Judaism hidden makes sense. He was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949, and his parents, both professional photographers, barely escaped from the clutches of the Nazis by hiding out with friends during the war. Most of Erdélyi's family perished in the Holocaust."
- "Return of a Ramone...Tommy Ramone & Claudia Tienan Bow Bluegrass Duo Uncle Monk with Self-Titled Album Due Out May 22", PRWeb, press release dated February 4, 2007. Accessed June 17, 2009.
- "Interview with Tommy Ramone". Mark Prindle. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- McNeil and McCain, pp. 182-183.
- Alexis Petridis (2005-01-06). "Interview with Tommy Ramone". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- Gregory, James (2005-05-08). "Pitchfork interview with Tommy Ramone". Pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- "Boston Phoenix - Gabba Gabba Hayride". Thephoenix.com. 2008-07-08. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- John Piccarella (2004-10-12). "New York News - Last Ramones Standing". Villagevoice.com. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- Sharby Coms, "How The West Was Lost", in Mojo Punk Special Edition, p. 94
- Relix Magazine - Tommy Ramone is a Bluegrass Punk[dead link]
- "Redd Kross Neurotica Re-Issue review". Knac. 2003-01-24. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
- The Sun Friday 5 October 2005.
- "Interview with Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone". Retrieved 2012-03-20. Text "Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone " ignored (help)
- Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain, Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.
- Monte A. Melnick Ramones Tour Manager "On The Road With The Ramones"