Originating from New York City in 1974, The Ramones were the first Punk Rock Band - members adopting stage names ending in "Ramone" although none of them were actually related. They performed 2,263 concerts, touring almost nonstop for 22 years. Joey Ramone was the band's frontman and with Johnny Ramone (lead guitarist) were the only two founder members who stayed with the band throughout.
Recognition of the Bands importance has built over the years, and they are now regularly represented in most assessments of great rock 'n roll music, such as Rolling Stones list of '50 Great Artists Of All Time' and in 2002 were voted in Spin as the second 'Greatest R 'n R Band Ever' trailing only The Beatles.
To honour one of its sons important contribution to popular music, New York City officially named the corner of Second Street and the Bowery as "Joey Ramone Place" during a ceremony on November 30th 2003. Ramone's corner is on the north side of the block that housed CBGB, the legendary club where the Ramones helped to usher in punk rock.