Joey Kramer

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Joey Kramer
Joey Kramer in Caracas, Venezuela, 2013
Joey Kramer in Caracas, Venezuela, 2013
Background information
Birth nameJoseph Michael Kramer
Also known asKramedog
Born (1950-06-21) June 21, 1950 (age 72)
OriginThe Bronx, New York City, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, businessman
Years active1970–present
LabelsColumbia, Geffen
  • April Kramer
    (m. 1979; div. 2007)
  • Linda Kramer
    (m. 2009; died 2022)

Joseph Michael Kramer (born June 21, 1950) is an American musician best known as the drummer of the hard rock band Aerosmith, which was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

Life and career[edit]

Kramer was born in the Bronx, New York City, the son of Doris and Mickey Kramer, a businessman.[1]

In the early 1970s, Kramer was a member of The Institution,[2] a seminal New Jersey garage band founded by Philip Rubin, J. Howard Duff,[3] Richie Lester, and Marv Coopersmith. On Nov. 25, 1970, the early Bruce Springsteen band, Steel Mill, opened for The Institution at Newark State College.[4]

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 moved to Boston and was attending Berklee College of Music[5] and worked with Chubby & the Turnpikes (later to be known as Tavares) alongside Bernie Worrell.

Kramer's memoir, Hit Hard: A Story of Hitting Rock Bottom at the Top, was released on June 30, 2009.[6]

Kramer made a guest appearance in the 22nd season (2010–11) 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, NECA released a "Simpsons-ized" action figure of Kramer, as well as the other members of Aerosmith, as part of the fourth series in the company's Simpsons 25th Anniversary collectible figure line.

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 is all five members of Aerosmith playing the material written.[citation needed]

In 2013, Kramer announced a partnership with Comfort Foods, Inc. to roast, package and distribute his whole bean, organic coffee line: Rockin’ & Roastin’ Coffee. In 2015, he announced a business partnership with Les Otten,[7] the former vice chairman of the Boston Red Sox, to open two Joey Kramer's Rockin’ & Roastin’ Café and Restaurant locations in Newry, Maine, at the foot of the Sunday River Ski Resort; and North Attleborough, Massachusetts.[8] The Newry location closed in 2016.[9] The North Attleborough location closed in 2017.

Kramer's second wife, Linda, died on June 22, 2022, at age 55.[10]

Aerosmith songs written[edit]

The following Aerosmith songs have a writing credit given to 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 talking to fans at a Q&A before an Aerosmith concert in Chicago, Illinois on June 22, 2012

Kramer currently endorses Pearl drums, Zildjian cymbals and sticks (including his own signature model), plus Remo heads. He has also used many other brands of drums including Ludwig with whom he was closely associated with for much of his career up until switching to Pearl. In the past he has also used sets by Fibes, Tama and DW.[11]

Drums Pearl Crystal Beat series drums:

  • 24"x18" bass drum
  • 13"x10" mounted tom
  • 16"x16" floor tom
  • 18"x16" floor tom
  • 14"x6.5" UltraCast snare

Cymbals: Avedis Zildjian:

  • 15" A Custom rezo hi-hats
  • 19" A Custom projection crash
  • 20" A crash/ride
  • 21" A mega bell bell ride
  • 14" A Custom mastersound hi-hats
  • 19" K Custom hybrid china

Sticks: Zildjian Joey Kramer signature sticks in green dip

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The latest Boston, local and national news". Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Institution". Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  3. ^ "J. Howard Duff". Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  4. ^ "The Institution: Flyers and Posters". November 25, 1970. Retrieved July 24, 2022.
  5. ^ Images, Getty. "The Secret Jewish History of Aerosmith". The Forward. Retrieved July 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Graff, Gary (June 30, 2009). "Aerosmith Drummer Pens Hard-Hitting Book". Billboard. Retrieved July 1, 2009.
  7. ^ "Joey Kramer's "Rockin' & Roastin' Café & Restaurant – at the Mountain" at Sunday River | Joey Kramer's Rockin' & Roastin' Coffee". Archived from the original on December 10, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2015.
  8. ^ "Rocker turned coffee mogul opens the dorors to coffeehouse in N. Attleborough, MA". Retrieved July 22, 2016.
  9. ^ "Rockin' & Roastin' no more: Joey Kramer's North Attleboro coffee shop closed for good".
  10. ^ "Linda Gail Kramer 1967 - 2022 Obituary". Boston Herald. July 1, 2022. Retrieved July 3, 2022.
  11. ^ "Pearl Welcomes Joey Kramer". Pearl Drums. April 2, 2014. Retrieved September 11, 2014.

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