Joey Kramer

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For the actor, see Joey Cramer.
Joey Kramer
Joey Kramer 2013-10-01 001.jpg
Joey Kramer in Caracas, Venezuela, 2013
Background information
Birth name Joseph Michael Kramer
Also known as Kramedog
Born (1950-06-21) June 21, 1950 (age 66)
Origin The Bronx, New York City, United States
Genres Hard rock, blues rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, Businessman
Instruments Drums
Years active 1970–present
Labels Columbia, Geffen
Associated acts Aerosmith

Joseph Michael "Joey" Kramer (born June 21, 1950) is the American drummer for the hard rock band Aerosmith.


Joseph Michael Kramer was born in The Bronx, New York City. His memoir, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, was released on June 30, 2009.[1] Joey is Jewish.[2][3]

Kramer married his girlfriend Linda in 2009. They currently reside in Georgetown, near Austin, Texas.

Kramer is credited with originating the name Aerosmith. In his memoir, Kramer revealed that he idly conceived the name Aerosmith while listening to Harry Nilsson's album Aerial Ballet in 1968, two years before the band was formed. Kramer insists that there is no connection between the name "Aerosmith" and Sinclair Lewis' novel Arrowsmith. Shortly before joining Aerosmith Kramer worked with Chubby & The Turnpikes (later to be known as Tavares) alongside Bernie Worrell. He made a guest appearance in the 22nd season of The Simpsons, in the episode "The Ned-Liest Catch", as a former partner of Bart's teacher Mrs. Krabappel, as told in the third season episode Flaming Moe's, which featured the whole of Aerosmith, the first ever band to guest star on the show.[citation needed] In 2015, Kramer tweeted about how he had been made into a Simpsons action figure.

In June 2011, Kramer did a fan Q&A and revealed his open-mindedness to outside writers, stating he does not care about it as long as it's all five members of Aerosmith playing the material written.

In 2013 Kramer announced his new partnership with Comfort Foods, Inc. who now will roast, package and distribute his whole bean, organic coffee line: Rockin’ & Roastin’ Coffee.

In 2015, he announced a business partnership with Les Otten,[4] the former vice chairman of the Boston Red Sox, to open two Joey Kramer's Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café and Restaurant. The first restaurant is located in Newry, Maine at the foot of the Sunday River Ski Resort, the second restaurant located in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.[5]

Aerosmith songs written[edit]

The following Aerosmith songs have a writing credit given to Joey Kramer:

  1. "Pandora's Box" from Get Your Wings
  2. "Kings and Queens" from Draw the Line
  3. "The Hand That Feeds" from Draw The Line
  4. "The Hop" from Done With Mirrors
  5. "The Movie" from Permanent Vacation
  6. "Krawhitham" from Pandora's Box
  7. "Beautiful" from Music From Another Dimension!
  8. "Lover Alot" from Music From Another Dimension!
  9. "Can't Stop Lovin' You" from Music From Another Dimension!
  10. "Closer" from Music From Another Dimension!


Kramer uses Zildjian cymbals and sticks, Ludwig drums and Remo heads. In 2014, he became an endorser of Pearl Drums.[6]

"Zildjian Cymbals"

  • 14" A Mastersound Hi Hats (Brilliant)
  • 19" A Custom Crash
  • 18" A Armand Medium Thin Crash
  • 21" A Mega Bell Ride
  • 19" A Custom Projection Crash
  • 14" A Custom Rezo Hi Hats
  • 20" A Custom Crash

Current cymbal setup:

  • 14" A new beat hi-hats
  • 19" A custom projection crash
  • 20" A crash/ride
  • 21" A mega bell bell ride
  • 15" A new beat hi-hats
  • 20" A custom projection ride
  • 19" K custom hybrid china


Joey Kramer Signature kit in Orange Sparkle Lacquer with White Powder-Coated hardware

  • 14" X 24" Bass drum
  • 9" X 13" Tom
  • 16" X 16" Floor tom
  • 16" X 18" Floor tom
  • 6.5" X 14" Joey Kramer Signature Snare drum


  • Pearl Crystal Beat series drums


  1. ^ Graff, Gary (June 30, 2009). "Aerosmith Drummer Pens Hard-Hitting Book". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2009. 
  2. ^ The religion of Joey Kramer, rock musician - Nov 23, 2005 - The religious affiliation (religion) of Joey Kramer, a famous rock and roll ... it's certain that drummer Joey Kramer was once a nice Jewish boy. The Secret Jewish History of Aerosmith - Culture – Nov 13, 2013 - But few people know the Jewish history that helped make enduring ... Tyler recruited a drummer named Joey Kramer, who was attending ... | The Jews Who Rock Wiki Nov 15, 2006 - It's a long, long list of every more-or-less bigtime Jew in music. ... person, it's certain that drummer Joey Kramer was once a nice Jewish boy. Jewish Rockers - Weird Jews Aug 23, 2008 - Al Kooper. Joey Kramer (Aerosmith Drummer). Lenny Kravitz (Father is Jewish). Robbie Krieger (The Doors). Leiber and Stoller (Did Elvis know ... list of jewish music celebrities - Stormfront › International › Stormfront Britain › General Discussion Nov 11, 2005 - In the early seventies he was a member of the band Stories, which scored ... it's certain that drummer Joey Kramer was once a nice Jewish boy. Religion of Aerosmith; Joey Kramer is Jewish. Steven Tyler is Catholic. The real-life rock band Aerosmith was the cover-featured guest feature in Shadowman #19 (Nov. 1993). The band itself isn't really "Jewish Catholic." Band ...
  3. ^ didJEWknow?: How Jew Like Me Now? Jan 26, 2008 - So since we got this info from that site lets shine a spotlight on Aerosmith resident Jew and Drummer Joey Kramer, 53, who grew up in a ... celebrity Jews in the news | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern ... Oct 10, 2003 - Aerosmith features the spare, powerful drumming of Joey Kramer, 53, who grew up in a middle-class home in the New York suburbs. Poconut • View topic - "The drummers of Poco" research assistance ... Apr 27, 2011 - 10 posts - 9 authors Famous Jewish rock drummers... Max Weinberg...E Street Band Joey Kramer...Aerosmith Steven Adler..Guns and Roses Mickey Hart...Grateful ...
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Rocker turned coffee mogul opens the dorors to coffeehouse in N. Attleborough, MA.". Retrieved July 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Pearl Welcomes Joey Kramer". Pearl Drums. April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 

External links[edit]