Basic Background Info
For over 30 years, Joey Kramer has developed a reputation as one of rock's greatest drummers. Joey Kramer's solid drumming and meticulous sense of time have largely contributed to the sound of Aerosmith. A resident of Massachusetts, Joseph Michael Kramer was born in Bronx, NY on June 21, 1950. By the age of 14, Joey Kramer began his musical career as part of a Ventures-type instrumentals band named The Medallions. In 1970 he reconnected with a friend, Steven Tyler, who had joined forces with Joe Perry and Tom Hamilton and were in need of a drummer. Joey Kramer joined and Aerosmith took off. Brad Whitford later joined the group in 1971.
For two years the group played throughout New England and eventually got their break on August 5, 1972, at Max's Kansas City Club in New York City. The famed record executive, Clive Davis, was in attendance that night and was so impressed with Aerosmith that he signed them to Columbia Records on the spot.
The next year they released their self-titled debut album and began to tour. They were on the road for two years, taking time off only to record their follow-up album, Get Your Wings, which was quickly certified gold. In 1975 Aerosmith released Toys In the Attic, followed by Rocks one year later. Aerosmith then released several singles including "Last Child," "Sweet Emotion," "Back in the Saddle," and "Walk This Way."
Their relentless time on the road paid off with platinum albums, crowds exceeding 80,000 at the legendary Texxas Jam, and a 350,000 audience at the famous CAL Jam in 1978. But before long the fire that fueled them now began to burn them from within. As the 1970s came to a close, the band released the half-hearted albums Draw the Line and Night In the Ruts. They cancelled several performances as they struggled internally. After a dressing room blowout in July 1979, Perry departed from the group and created The Joe Perry Project. Brad Whitford followed shortly thereafter and formed Whitford-St. Holmes. The remaining three members stuck together and released 1982ís Rock In a Hard Place, but the magic was gone. By the early 1980s, Aerosmith was all but defunct.
After spending some time apart, Perry and Whitford rejoined Aerosmith in 1984 and they hit the road for the Back in the Saddle tour. The following year Aerosmith signed a new record deal with Geffen Records and released Done With Mirrors. With the 1987 release of Permanent Vacation, Aerosmith found its second wind. Their music videos for "Dude Looks Like a Lady," "Angel," and "Rag Doll"raised eyebrows. Aerosmith released several hit singles, "Love in an Elevator," "Janie’s Got a Gun," "The Other Side," and "What it Takes," from the 1989 album Pump.
Aerosmith's popularity continued into the 1990s. Their 1993 album Get a Grip featured radio hits "Livin' on the Edge," "Cryin," "Eat the Rich," "Crazy," and "Amazing." In 1997, Nine Lives debuted at #1 on the Billboard charts and boasted the hit singles "Pink" and "Falling in Love is Hard on the Knees." Aerosmith closed out the decade with their first # 1 single "I Donít Want to Miss a Thing" from the 1998 film Armageddon. More recently the band released Just Push Play in 2001 and Honkiní on Bobo in 2004.
After Aerosmith released Just Push Play in 2001, Joey Kramer worked with producer Marti Frederiksen on the solo project Drum Loops and Samples, where Kramer laid down a comprehensive collection of drum tracks for artists of all skill levels. The two-disc piece contains more than three hundred loops and samples.
Joey Kramer has enjoyed tremendous success through both his solo career and as a member of Aerosmith. Aerosmith sold more than 100 million albums and sold out countless concerts in North America,Japan, Australia, South America, and Israel. In 2001, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The group received 2 Peopleís Choice Awards, 6 Billboard Music Awards, 8 American Music Awards, 23 Boston Music Awards, 12 MTV Video Awards, 4 Grammys, and an Academy Award nomination for Best Song for "I Donít Want to Miss a Thing." Rolling Stone and Hit Parade magazines selected Aerosmith as one of the Best Rock Bands and were MTV chose Aerosmith as the first rock band to be honored as an MTV Icon.
In his spare time, Joey Kramer collects and admires expensive, strong, powerful cars. He owns several specialty vehicles, including a Lamborghini. He is a partner in a specialty automobile dealership, Corvette Mike New England, in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
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