Jeffry Ross Hyman (May 19, 1951 April 15, 2001), best known by his stage name Joey Ramone, was an American musician, vocalist and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice and tenure as front man of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon. Born Jeffry Ross Hyman to parents Charlotte (ne Mandell) and Noel Hyman, they lived in Forest Hills, Queens, New York, where Jeffry and his future Ramones bandmates attended Forest Hills High School. Though happy, Jeffry was more of an outcast. When he was 18 years old he was diagnosed with OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder). He grew up with brother Mickey Leigh. His mother divorced and remarried three times. Jeffry was a fan of The Beatles, The Who, David Bowie and The Stooges among other bands (particularly oldies and the Phil Spector-produced 'girl groups'). His idol was Pete Townshend of The Who (with whom he shared a birthday).
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