Official biography published on social media (December 12, 2016).
Marky Ramone is best known for the 15 years he spent drumming for the legendary Ramones. Prior to joining the Ramones, Marky played with an array of influential musicians dating back to his high school years when he was a member of the Brooklyn based hard rock band, Dust. Recording two albums with his friends, Richie Wise (guitar and vocals) and Kenny Aaronson (bass) for Neil BogartÂ’s Karma Sutra/Buddha label
While Dust was disbanding, Marky began hanging out at MaxÂ’s Kansas City, where he met MaxÂ’s house D.J. Wayne County. He joined forces with Wayne to form Wayne County and The Backstreet Boys. WayneÂ’s outrageous stage performance and cross-dressing attracted many fans and help solidify a cult following. After a year and a half of playing in the New York area and not able to generate record company interest, they decided it was best to move on.
In 1976, Marky was introduced to Richard Hell. Along with Bob Quine and Ivan Julian, they formed Richard Hell & the Voidoids. The Voidoids released their groundbreaking debut album in 1977 on Sire Records, entitled Â“Blank GenerationÂ”. Shortly after the Voidoids historic U.K. tour with The Clash, Marky found himself at the bar at CBGB with Dee Dee Ramone. Dee Dee asked him if he would be interested in joining The Ramones.
In the spring of 1978, Marky joined the Ramones. In a matter of weeks he was in the studio recording his first album with The Ramones entitled, Â“Road to RuinÂ”, which features one of the biggest Ramones songs Â“I Wanna Be SedatedÂ”. The following year the Ramones filmed the cult classic Â“Rock Â‘nÂ’ Roll High SchoolÂ”. Later that year, they joined forces with producer legend, Phil Spector to record Â“End Of The CenturyÂ”.
After several tours and a two more studio albums, Marky was asked to leave the band 1983, only to rejoin his band mates in 1987 until they decided to call it quits in 1996. His tenure with the Ramones spanned a total of 15 years. Performing over 1700 shows and more than 15 releases, including songwriting credits on both Mondo Bizarro and Adios Amigos, the bands farewell release.
In 2000, Marky reunited with long time friend Joey Ramone for JoeyÂ’s solo effort Â“DonÂ’t Worry About MeÂ”. In 2001, Marky along with his former band mates (Johnny, Dee Dee and Tommy), were inducted into the Rock Â‘NÂ’ Roll Hall of Fame. That same year, U2Â’s Bono presented the Ramones with the MTVÂ’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The DVD release, Â“RawÂ”, a compilation of mostly home videos filmed predominantly by Marky was release in 2004 and entered the Billboard video chart at number 5. Certified gold in three countries and currently the best selling Ramones DVD release to date.
Marky Ramone BlitzkriegIn the spring of 2009, Marky launched his first worldwide clothing line with long time friend Tommy Hilfiger. In 2010, Marky shared his recipe for pasta sauce by introducing Marky RamoneÂ’s BrooklynÂ’s Own Pasta Sauce.
In February 2011 The Ramones received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. It was the first Grammy for the punk rock pioneers.
With no signs of slowing down, Marky continues to tour the world with his band, Marky RamoneÂ’s Blitzkrieg, which includes friend Michale Graves (ex-Misfits) on vocals. In early 2010, they released their first single Â“When We Were AnglesÂ” with former member of Sheer Terror, Mark Neuman, playing bass and guitar.
Marky is currently in his tenth year as a D.J. on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, hosting, Â‘Marky RamoneÂ’s Punk Rock BlitzkriegÂ”. Marky has also appeared on numerous TV shows including, The Simpsons, Anthony BourdainÂ’s Â“No Reservations and ZRock.
Marky Ramone played drums in world famous US punk outfit The Ramones. Born as Marc Bell (1956, Brooklyn) he came to the band first time in May 1978, replacing initial drummer Tommy Ramone (real name: Tommy Erdelyi). Marky left April 83, but returned in 1987.
Marky Ramone was eventually replaced by Richard Beau (under the name Richie Ramone) and then Clem Burke before rejoining the band in 1987. Due to ongoing personality clashes and frustration at not achieving success commensurate with their influence, they disbanded in 1996.
Other bands he played in include Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Richard Hell And The Voidoids, Dust, King Flux, M-80, Marky Ramone And The Intruders, and The Misfits. In the latter band he replaced Dr. Chud (David Calabrese).
His latest effords evolve around Marky Ramones and The Speedkings.