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Johnny Thunders (vocals/guitar) and Jerry Nolan (drums) had quit the New York Dolls, and that same week Richard Hell (vocals/bass) was forced out of Television. The trio joined forces, and after a few shows added Walter Lure (vocals/guitar), who had played with a group called the Demons.

In 1976, Hell either was kicked out of the Heartbreakers or quit the group, depending on whom you believe, and was replaced by…

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  • R.I.P. Billy Rath
  • I was expecting more vitriol between Petty and Thunders fans. you people disappoint me.
  • Yonkers Demos ;)
  • this should stay as it is. richard hell wasn't in johnny thunders & the heartbreakers.... he was in tha heartbreakers. yep the legendary band that never recorded a studio album and played blank generation before richard had the voidoids ;)
  • If you like this music, you may also like [artist]Pete Vyler[/artist] Band. Just a rocknroll Disaster gig. Thanx 4 your follow
  • As far as merging, if you listen to "Live at Max's Kansas City '79", at the end of "Do You Love Me", Johnny points out to Walter that the stage banner says "Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers", then gives a little chuckle. Seems to me that the band name was The Heartbreakers & the record company just wanted to market the Thunders name... In any case, the 2 should be merged...[3]
  • fucking awesome. how have i not heard this shit yet
  • Superb band. Love em.
  • "This should really be merged with Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers. " no it should not.
  • we just publshed on the music blog Orange Skies a tribute post about Richard Hell http://orangeskies.wordpress.com/ check it out!

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