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The band signed to Sire records in 1975 and, on 23 May 1976, released their eponymous debut album. The reason for choosing the name is disputed. In an interview with the Soho Weekly News in 1975, Tommy said it was chosen because 'It's a nice name … it just sounds nice.' Others say it was Dee Dee who was inspired by Paul McCartney, who would use the name Paul Ramon when checking into hotels Peter Mazel/Rex Features Joey Ramone, Ramones, Gig Posters, Band Posters, Music Posters, Retro Posters, Linkin Park, Elvis, Heavy Metal
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40 years of Ramones – in pictures

Four decades ago, on 30 March 1974, the Ramones played their first gig in New York. Four months after celebrating this momentous anniversary, the band’s founder has died aged 62. We look back on their life in music, from their eponymous debut album to their time spent with Marc Bolan and Debbie Harry
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