Hungarian Producer, Band Manager and Mandolinist, Erdélyi Tamás, Passed Away

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He lived in the limelight but he wasn’t the clichéd rock star. He wasn’t an addict. He wasn’t codependent. He cooked his own meals, took care of his own life, and enjoyed bluegrass music.

He was the last remaining original member of The Ramones. You may know his as Tommy Ramone, the band’s original drummer.

Tamás joined the infamous punk rock band as their manager but, when it became evident that their drummer, Joey Ramone, could not keep up with the aggressive tempo of the band’s songs, Tamás took over.

Joey then moved into the spotlight as the band’s singer. The rest, as they say, was history.

“Tommy” controlled the fast and furious rhythm section for four years, in which he played on and co-produced three albums. He later had stints managing the band and producing some of their albums.

He also wrote two of the band’s most notable songs, “Blitzkrieg Bop” and “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend.”

Tamás was born in Budapest, Hungary into a Jewish family of Holocaust survivors but moved to America when he was only a few years old.

In later years, he was part of the bluegrass duo, Uncle Monk. He played mandolin, guitar, banjo and dobro for the band, in addition to singing.

He was a jack of all trades, a true pioneer, and had a hand in altering the course of music throughout the latter half of the 20th century as part of The Ramones.

Tamás had been diagnosed with Nike duct cancer and was in hospice care at the time of his death on July 11, 2014. He was 62.

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