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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 Billy Rath, who, according to legend, was… read more

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  • Avatar for Buzzmusic_05
    R.I.P. Billy Rath
  • Avatar for noisefiend
    I was expecting more vitriol between Petty and Thunders fans. you people disappoint me.
  • Avatar for NotSoVelvet
    Yonkers Demos ;)
  • Avatar for TREMOLO69
    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 ;)
  • Avatar for Pete-Vyler
    If you like this music, you may also like [artist]Pete Vyler[/artist] Band. Just a rocknroll Disaster gig. Thanx 4 your follow
  • Avatar for redtreen
    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]
  • Avatar for messies
    fucking awesome. how have i not heard this shit yet
  • Avatar for maspirator
    Superb band. Love em.
  • Avatar for heartinacage
    "This should really be merged with Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers. " no it should not.
  • Avatar for filpaz
    we just publshed on the music blog Orange Skies a tribute post about Richard Hell check it out!

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