From: "Aerosmith" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=A; viewed 23 November 2005):
Rumors abound (mostly on neo-Nazi websites) about the Jewish background of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, but whether or not Liv's dad is a chosen person, it's certain that drummer Joey Kramer was once a nice Jewish boy. Kramer, who counts Jon Bonham as a major influence, was born in the Bronx. As one of the few Jewish kids in a predominately Italian school, he hung around a group of tough older boys for protection; these bigger kids eventually inspired him to take up the drums. He hit upon the band name "Aerosmith" while still in high school, possibly inspired by Harry Nilsson's album Aerial Ballet. When two guys he knew in Boston invited him to be in a band with his old friend Steven, Kramer accepted, contributing both his simple yet powerful drumming style and the name Aerosmith.