Christopher Joseph Ward better known as C. J. Ramone, is an American musician best known as the bassist for punk rock group The Ramones from 1989 to 1996.
Ward replaced original band member Dee Dee Ramone, though Dee Dee continued to write songs for the group. C.J. sang many well-known Ramones songs, and gave The Ramones a younger image. In the documentary End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones it states that when C.J. joined the Ramones he was seen as a breath of fresh air into the band. Johnny Ramone says he knew immediately when C.J. auditioned to replace Dee Dee that he was right, commenting that he "had the right look". When the Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame original Ramones drummer, Tommy Ramone, credited C.J. with "keeping the band young". C.J. also had the idea for the band to cover Tom Waits' "I Don't Want to Grow Up" on the album ¡Adios Amigos!.
C.J. Ramone was the youngest member of the Ramones when he joined, by 9 years. (He also shared a birthday, October 8, with bandmate Johnny Ramone.) His first show with The Ramones was on September 30, 1989, in Leicester, England, and he played with the band until they retired on August 6, 1996.
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If you dont know who C.J. or the The Ramones, are you don't know punk!
First of many tracks from C.J. Ramone went live today.
Track is called Why - http://www.rockband.com/songs/UGC_5003228
C.J.'s website- http://cjramone.com/
Be sure to check out the link for the fight against Autism that Team C.J. battles every year.