Photo of the Week: The Ramones Go Gold

Gabba Gabba Hey! Thirty-eight years after its release, The Ramones' first album reaches gold status. That didn't take too long, did it?
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Gabba Gabba Hey! Thirty-eight years after its release, The Ramones' first album reaches gold status. That didn't take too long, did it?
The Ramones Photo

Johnny Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Joey Ramone, and Dee Dee Ramone, 1976. (Photo: Robert Bayley/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Thirty-eight years after The Ramones released their eponymous first album in 1976, sales of the album have reached the requisite 500,000 mark for the Recording Industry Association of America to certify it gold this year.

Though not a commercial success when it was released, The Ramones went on to establish themselves as one of the most influential punk bands of all time.

Tommy Ramone is the last surviving founding member of the band. Joey Ramone died in 2001, Dee Dee in 2002, and Johnny in 2004.

Update: Tommy Ramone died on July 11, 2014 at the age of 62 at his home in Queens, New York. The drummer, born Erdelyi Tamas in Budapest, Hungary, had been in hospice care for bile duct cancer.