Paul McCartney’s Pseudonym Inspired The Ramones Band Name

From May 20 to May 28, 1960, The Silver Beetles (as they were called at the time) toured Scotland, backing a young musician named Johnny Gentle. As part of this tour, the whole band decided to give themselves pseudonyms. Paul McCartney recalls,

“Now we were truly professional, we could do something we had been toying with for a long time, which was to change our names to real showbiz names. I became Paul Ramon, which I thought was suitably exotic. I remember the Scottish girls saying, ‘Is that his real name? That’s great.’ It’s French, Ramon. Ra-mon, that’s how you pronounce it. Stuart became Stuart de Stael after the painter. George became Carl Harrison after Carl Perkins (our big idol, who had written Blue Suede Shoes). John was Long John. People have since said, ‘Ah, John didn’t change his name, that was very suave.’ Let me tell you: he was Long John. There was none of that ‘he didn’t change his name’: we all changed our names.”

This is one of the only Beatle autographs in which they signed their short-lived stage names Paul Ramon, Carl Harrison and Johnny Lennon.

Paul McCartney Autograph As Paul Ramon

In 1974, Douglas Colvin, John CummingsThomas Erdelyi met Jeffry Hyman in Queens New York and formed a band.  Colvin, inspired by McCartney’s pseudonym started calling himself Dee Dee Ramone.  Dee Dee then came up with the idea of naming the new band the Ramones and convinced the other members of the band to start using Ramone as their last name.  Cummings becoming Johnny Ramone, Erdelyi becoming Tommy Ramone and Hyman becoming Joey Ramone.  All future Ramones band members would follow suit as well.

The Ramones Band Name Paul McCartney Dee Ramon

In a 1995 interview Joey Ramone was asked where the band name came from:

In the days of the “Silver Beatles,” Paul McCartney would go to check into a hotel room, using the name Paul Ramone. Dee Dee was a big Paul McCartney fan, so he changed his name to Dee Dee Ramone. When I hooked up with Dee Dee, we decided to call the band the Ramones.

In 1969, during the break-up of The Beatles, Paul McCartney once again used the “Paul Ramon” moniker as a guest appearance on a Steve Miller Band single, My Dark Hour, released on June 16, 1969.  McCartney/Ramon recorded drums, bass guitar, backing vocals and guitar to the track.  Here is the special thanks album credit…

Steve Miler Band Paul Ramon McCartney My Dark Hour Brand New World

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