Joey Ramone

The raspy-voiced, almost monotone tenor of Joey Ramone interrupted the ballad-heavy music of the 1970s with quick little songs and very few chords. As lead singer of the Ramones, he led a generation of music-hungry youngsters on a path to critical thinking about music that they accepted without question. This underground band lobbed facetious bombs at established musicians. For instance, their song "You're Gonna Kill That Girl" is an obvious takeoff on the Beatle's "You're Gonna Lose that Girl." Ramone died at 49 from lymphoma.