Marky Ramone

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Marky Ramone : biography

July 15, 1956 –

Marky Ramone (born Marc Steven Bell, July 15, 1956) is an American musician. He is best known for being the drummer for the Ramones, for 15 years, but has also played in other notable bands like Dust, Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, and the Misfits.

Marky Ramone is the only living member of the longest-running Ramones line-up, which featured Joey, Johnny and Dee Dee.


  • 1979 – Rock ‘n’ Roll High School (Himself)
  • 1980 – Blank Generation (Member of the Voidoids)
  • 1993 – Ramones – Around the World (Himself, director, producer)
  • 1997 – We’re Outta Here! (Himself)
  • 2002 – The Brooklyn Boys (Tommy)
  • 2003 – End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones (Himself)
  • 2004 – Ramones: Raw (Himself)
  • 2006 – Too Tough to Die: A Tribute to Johnny Ramone (Himself)
  • 2010 – Lemmy (Himself)

Musical career

Marc Bell started playing drums in 1971 with one of the first heavy metal bands in America, Dust, which included Kenny Aaronson on bass and Richie Wise on guitar, and was produced by Kenny Kerner. Bell recorded two albums with the band, before getting into the punk scene. In late 1972, following the death of New York Dolls original drummer Billy Murcia, Bell auditioned as a replacement and was the only seriously considered alternative to the eventual chosen candidate, Jerry Nolan.The New York Dolls: Too Much Too Soon, Nina Antonia, Omnibus Press 1998, 2003 edition, p69 In the mid-70s he played with Wayne County and the Backstreet Boys. Wayne County would go on to become rock’s first transsexual singer. In the mid 1970s, he joined Richard Hell & the Voidoids. He played on the Voidoid’s first album, Blank Generation. In 1978, Bell was renamed Marky Ramone.

Marky was with the Ramones for the next five years. He was asked to leave the band in late 1982 for personal reasons. He returned in 1987 and played with the band up until their retirement in 1996.

In 1993, Marky appeared with the Ramones in the episode "Rosebud" of The Simpsons.

In 1996, Marky joined Dee Dee Ramone to form The Ramainz, performing Ramones songs for fun.

In 2000, Marky Ramone joined Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the Ramones, to record Joey’s solo album, entitled Don’t Worry About Me.

In October 2001, Marky appeared on MTV accepting his lifetime achievement award presented by Bono of U2 Marky Ramone’s hand prints are on the Hollywood Rock Walk. In March 2002, Marky was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, at New York’s Waldorf Astoria as a member of the Ramones. He recorded some albums with his solo bands Marky Ramone & the Intruders and Marky Ramone & the Speedkings, as well as many 7" releases. Marky Ramone & the Speedkings toured the world from 2002 to 2003.

In September 2004, Marky served as Executive Producer and released a Ramones DVD entitled Ramones Raw on Image Entertainment, which featured footage of the band while on tour all over the world along with other various rare, vintage footage. Much of the candid footage is courtesy of Marky Ramone’s personal video library. The DVD was finished just in time to include commentary from Johnny Ramone, who died from prostate cancer on September 15, 2004. The commentary also includes Marky Ramone. Ramones: Raw is the only certified Gold selling Ramones DVD and one of only two US gold selling releases in the Ramones entire catalog. The other being the greatest hits double LP Ramonesmania released in 1988. Ramones: Raw is also the highest charting release in the Ramones history.

Marky just signed on for another year as the D.J. on his own show the Punk Rock Blitzkrieg. On SiriusX.M. On April 22, 2008, Marky Ramone appeared on a new CD in Canada playing drums with the Canadian punk band called Teenage Head. The CD is called Teenage Head with Marky Ramone and it was released in the USA on June 10, 2008. It was recorded in 2003 on two separate visits by Marky to Canada.