The Religious Affiliation of Rock Musician
of The Ramones
Joey Ramone was Jewish.
From: "Joey Ramone" article on "The Challah Fame: Who's Who in Jewish Rock" website (http://www.jewsrock.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=challah.view&page=R; viewed 23 November 2005):
Joey Ramone may not be the only Jew with a hip corner of downtown Manhattan in his name (just ask the Lower East Side's Rabbi Yaakov Spiegel). As the sole Jewish Ramone, though, Joey definitely deserved the honor bestowed on him by the City of New York, which named the corner of 2nd St and the Bowery "Joey Ramone Place" after his death to cancer in 2001. Joey Ramone was born Jeffrey Hymen in Forrest Hills, Queens, which was somewhat of a breeding ground for Jewish rock stars; both Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel grew up there. Which is fitting, because the Ramones were to punk something like what Simon & Garfunkel were to sixties folk-rock: They weren't necessarily the first, and they weren't necessarily the best, but they stamped their name on their genre way few others ever could. None of their songs charted in the States when they were released (although 1977's "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" did make the British Top 40) but their sped-up, dumbed-down rock songs defined punk as we know it.
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