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Keith Moon

Rock Drummer Keith Moon

Profession: Rock Drummer


Biography: Explosive drummer for the British rock group "The Who" from 1964-78, Moon's penchant for drugs, alcohol, and detonations earned him a reputation as a horrible hotel guest. His drug experimentation sometimes led to his passing out during shows.

Outside of "The Who", Moon released one solo album ("Two Sides of the Moon" -1975), on which he rarely played drums, choosing instead to highlight his unique vocal styling. He occasionally acted in small film roles.

He was the godfather and drum teacher to Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey. Zak has become the current drummer of choice for The Who.

His death, at age 32, was attributed to an overdose of the drug Heminevrin, intended to ease alcohol withdrawal.

Born: August 23, 1946
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: September 7, 1978 (aged 32)
Cause of Death: Drug overdose

Married Life

  • 1966-03-17 The Who drummer Keith Moon (19) weds model Kim Kerrigan (18) at Brent Registry Office

Historical Events

  • 1976-08-11 "The Who" drummer Keith Moon collapses and is hospitalized in Miami
  • 1978-12-22 Kenney Jones becomes The Who's new drummer, replacing the deceased Keith Moon

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