Leigh in 2017
|Birth name||Mitchel Lee Hyman|
|Born||July 15, 1954|
Forest Hills, New York, US
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards|
|Associated acts||Lester Bangs, The Rattlers, STOP, Sibling Rivalry, Harry Slash|
Mitchel Lee Hyman (born July 15, 1954),best known by his stage name Mickey Leigh, is an American musician and writer. He is the brother of Joey Ramone, lead vocalist of the punk rock band Ramones.
Jeffrey Ross Hyman, known professionally as Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones. Joey Ramone's image, voice, and tenure as frontman of the Ramones made him a countercultural icon.
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Mickey Leigh formed his first band at the age of 10. At the age of 14 Leigh was playing in a band with John Cummings (Johnny Ramone) and Tommy Erdelyi (Tommy Ramone).In 1977 he formed a band, Birdland, with music journalist Lester Bangs. The group recorded nine songs which were finally released in 1986, four years after Bangs' death, on the album Birdland with Lester Bangs . Creem magazine described it as “the best rock ‘n’ roll album of 1986".
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Leigh's next band was The Rattlers. The group released two singles and one album in 1985. In 1994 he formed Sibling Rivalry with his brother Joey Ramone. Two years later Leigh recorded an album with his new band STOP. Leigh has also been working as producer for several New York based groups.
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In 2009 Leigh published the book I Slept with Joey Ramone: A Family Memoir.
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