How the Ramones became Ramones

“We all decided to adopt the same name. It would give us a sense of unity, and we thought it would help us become more established. It would be much easier for people to remember our names, and we’d automatically be promoting the group anytime one of us went out, everywhere we went. So Douglas Colvin became Dee Dee Ramone, Jeffrey Hyman became Joey Ramone, Thomas Erdelyi became Tommy Ramone; and I was no longer John Cummings – I became Johnny Ramone.” –Johnny Ramone