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Date of Birth 18 September 1951Fort Lee, Virginia, USA
Date of Death 5 June 2002Los Angeles, California, USA  (accidental drug overdose)
Birth NameDouglas Glenn Colvin
Nickname Dougie
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dee Dee Ramone was born Douglas Glenn Colvin in Germany in 1951. After immigrating to America he moved to Queens, New York, and became the bassist for The Ramones, a four-piece rock band that many credit for giving birth to the punk movement. Playing simple rock songs as hard and fast as possible, "The Ramones", consisting of Dee Dee, Joey Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Johnny Ramone and later Marky Ramone, gained a loyal cult following that centered at the New York club CBGB's. He remained a band mainstay until 1989, when he left the band and was replaced by "C.J. Ramone" (aka Christopher Ward) on bass. He became a rapper and performed under the moniker "Dee Dee King", and later formed the band "Chinese Dragons". He still occasionally played with "The Ramones", and appeared on their farewell concert video, "We're Outta Here". Ramone wrote two books: an autobiography and a novel about the infamous Chelsea Hotel. He released a solo album, called "Latest & Greatest" in 2001 and, along with the other Ramones, was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2002. Less than two months after his induction, he was found dead in his house by his wife. Dee Dee Ramone was 50 at the time of his death.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Spouse (2)

Barbara Zampini (1995 - 5 June 2002) (his death)
Vera Ramone (1977 - 1989) (divorced)

Trivia (5)

Former member of the punk rock group The Ramones
Apparently, Dee Dee had trouble remembering his lines for "Rock n' Roll High School", and eventually his part was whittled down to 'Hey pizza, it's great, let's dig in.".
Born in Virginia, but raised in West Germany.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 (as a member of the Ramones).
Although the Ramones shared the writing credits on all of their early songs, Dee Dee (writing on his own) was probably the most prolific songwriter of the group, followed by Joey.

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