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Keith Moon was a well-known British drummer

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 23, 1946
Died onSeptember 7, 1978
NationalityBritish
FamousAlcoholics, Died Young, Musicians, Drummers
SpousesKim McLagan (m. 1966–1975)
Known asKeith John Moon
Childrens Amanda Moon
Universities
  • Harrow Technical College
Cause of deathDrug Overdose
Birth PlaceHarlesden
GenderMale
FatherAlfred Charles
MotherKathleen Winifred Moon
Sun SignLeo
Born inHarlesden
Famous asDrummer
Died at Age32

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Who is Keith Moon?

Keith Moon was a popular drummer of the British rock group The Who. He was well-known for his distinctive playing style. Songs like ‘Success Story’ and ‘Dreaming From the Waist’ from the album ‘The Who By Numbers’ mark his remarkable performance as a drummer. According to his biographer Tony Fletcher, he used to consider the drums as a lead instrument. He was also notorious for his lunatic behaviour, alcoholism and partying. Besides playing drums, he also acted in films like ‘Sextette’, 'Tommy’ and ‘200 Motels’. Influenced by the music of Elvis Presley and Eric Delany, he used to play bulge for a local band. Inspired by the work of renowned drummer Gene Krupa, he developed a strong penchant for drums. Later, he learnt playing drums from Carlo Little, a famous drummer. After his brief stint with the band The Escorts, he joined The Beachcombers. Later, he became a part of the band The Who. Several albums of the band 'The Who' feature his unique style of drumming. Apart from playing drums, he also performed as band’s singer. In this context, his singing of ‘Barbara Ann’ for the television programme ‘Ready, Steady, Who’ deserve special mention. ‘Two Sides of the Moon’ is his only solo album.

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Childhood & Early Life

Born in Wembley, Middlesex, England, Keith Mon was the son of Alfred Charles, a maintenance mechanic and Kathleen Winfred Moon, a cleaner. He was hyperactive by nature and a mediocre student.

In September 1951, he studied at the local primary school, Barham. After failure at his eleven plus examination, he took admission at Alperton Secondary Modern School.

He developed fondness towards music from a very young age. He was greatly influenced by the music of Elvis Presley. In 1958, he joined Sea Cadet Corps, a local band where he played bulge. Later he played trumpet for this band.

In 1961, he cleared the Royal Society of Arts examination in English and Science and left Alperton Secondary Modern School. After that he took admission at Harrow Technical College. During this period, he met Gerry Evans through whom he became acquainted with the band, The Escorts.

Career

In July 1962, he performed for the first time with The Escorts. The band started getting more opportunity to perform due to his notable performance on stage. After his brief stint with this band, he joined Beachcombers.

While performing with Beachcombers, he used to attend concerts of 'The Detours’. At that time ‘The Detours’ were planning to sign a deal with Fontana Records and for this deal, this band required a new drummer.

The Detours changed their name to 'The Who' in 1964. When Moon came to know about the band’s requirement of a new drummer, he approached the band. After giving an audition, he got the opportunity to play drum for The Who.

Besides playing drum for The Who, he used to perform for The Benchcombers simultaneously. Later, he left The Benchcombers. He performed with The Who for the first time in 1962.

In January 1965, when the band’s songwriter Pete Townshend composed ‘I Can’t Explain’, he played the drum with this song. The song ‘Anyway, Anyway, Anywhere’ also features his laudable drumming.

In December 1965, the band’s album My Generation was released. For this album, he co-wrote the instrumental ‘The Ox’. This album marks his outstanding performance as a drummer.

In 1966, ‘Ready, Steady, Who’, the television performance of The Who features his singing ‘Barbara Ann’ that gained huge success in Sweden. In the same year, the band’s album ‘A Quick One’ was released.

The song titled ‘I Can See For Miles’ marks his reputation as a great drummer. In May 1969, the band’s double album ‘Tommy’ was released. This album features his singing of ‘Tommy’s Holiday Camp’ that reveals his idea of a holiday camp.

He composed ‘Dogs Part 2’, an instrumental that was released in 1969. The interesting feature of this instrumental is that instead of the sound of drumming, dog barking has been used as the lead vocal.

His singing of ‘Cousin Kevin Model Child’ was released on the re-issue of ‘Odds & Sods’ album of The Who. During the band’s performance for the Woodstock Festival, his performance for the songs like ‘Sparks’, ‘Acid Queen’ and ‘I’m Free’ was greatly appreciated.

He sang ‘Bell Boy’ for the album ‘Quandrophenia’, which was released in 1973. In the next year, he acted in films like ‘Tommy’ and ‘Stardust’. In 1975, his solo album ‘Two Sides of the Moon’ appeared. He sang all the songs of this album. Released in 1978, the album ‘Who Are you’ features his singing of ‘Guitar and Pen’.

Major Works

In 1971, The Who’s album ‘Who’s Next was released. Its songs like ‘Bargain’, ‘Going Mobile’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ marks his extraordinary performance as a drummer.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1965, he started dating Kim Kerrigan whom he married on 17th March 1966. Their daughter Amanda was born on 12th July of the same year. The press did not know about this marriage until 1968. Both of them used to lead an extravagant social life and owned a number of cars but they led an unhappy married life due to his violent behaviour towards Kim. In 1973, Kim left him.

Later, he was involved in a relationship with Annette Walter-Lax, a Swedish model.

He used to take Clomethiazole, a sedative, on medical advice to alleviate his alcoholic withdrawal symptoms. He died of an overdose of this sedative at the age of 32.

Trivia

In May 1966, this renowned drummer was severely injured when Townshend, the songwriter of the band, accidentally hit him with his guitar and delivered a blow as the drummer reached late during one of his performances.

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Keith Moon biography timelines

  • // 23rd Aug 1946
    Born in Wembley, Middlesex, England, Keith Mon was the son of Alfred Charles, a maintenance mechanic and Kathleen Winfred Moon, a cleaner. He was hyperactive by nature and a mediocre student.
  • // 1951
    In September 1951, he studied at the local primary school, Barham. After failure at his eleven plus examination, he took admission at Alperton Secondary Modern School.
  • // 1958
    He developed fondness towards music from a very young age. He was greatly influenced by the music of Elvis Presley. In 1958, he joined Sea Cadet Corps, a local band where he played bulge. Later he played trumpet for this band.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, he cleared the Royal Society of Arts examination in English and Science and left Alperton Secondary Modern School. After that he took admission at Harrow Technical College. During this period, he met Gerry Evans through whom he became acquainted with the band, The Escorts.
  • // 1962
    Besides playing drum for The Who, he used to perform for The Benchcombers simultaneously. Later, he left The Benchcombers. He performed with The Who for the first time in 1962.
  • // Jul 1962
    In July 1962, he performed for the first time with The Escorts. The band started getting more opportunity to perform due to his notable performance on stage. After his brief stint with this band, he joined Beachcombers.
  • // 1964
    The Detours changed their name to 'The Who' in 1964. When Moon came to know about the band’s requirement of a new drummer, he approached the band. After giving an audition, he got the opportunity to play drum for The Who.
  • // 1965 To 1973
    In 1965, he started dating Kim Kerrigan whom he married on 17th March 1966. Their daughter Amanda was born on 12th July of the same year. The press did not know about this marriage until 1968. Both of them used to lead an extravagant social life and owned a number of cars but they led an unhappy married life due to his violent behaviour towards Kim. In 1973, Kim left him.
  • // Jan 1965
    In January 1965, when the band’s songwriter Pete Townshend composed ‘I Can’t Explain’, he played the drum with this song. The song ‘Anyway, Anyway, Anywhere’ also features his laudable drumming.
  • // Dec 1965
    In December 1965, the band’s album My Generation was released. For this album, he co-wrote the instrumental ‘The Ox’. This album marks his outstanding performance as a drummer.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, ‘Ready, Steady, Who’, the television performance of The Who features his singing ‘Barbara Ann’ that gained huge success in Sweden. In the same year, the band’s album ‘A Quick One’ was released.
  • // May 1966
    In May 1966, this renowned drummer was severely injured when Townshend, the songwriter of the band, accidentally hit him with his guitar and delivered a blow as the drummer reached late during one of his performances.
  • // 1969
    He composed ‘Dogs Part 2’, an instrumental that was released in 1969. The interesting feature of this instrumental is that instead of the sound of drumming, dog barking has been used as the lead vocal.
  • // May 1969
    The song titled ‘I Can See For Miles’ marks his reputation as a great drummer. In May 1969, the band’s double album ‘Tommy’ was released. This album features his singing of ‘Tommy’s Holiday Camp’ that reveals his idea of a holiday camp.
  • // 1971
    In 1971, The Who’s album ‘Who’s Next was released. Its songs like ‘Bargain’, ‘Going Mobile’ and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ marks his extraordinary performance as a drummer.
  • // 1973 To 1978
    He sang ‘Bell Boy’ for the album ‘Quandrophenia’, which was released in 1973. In the next year, he acted in films like ‘Tommy’ and ‘Stardust’. In 1975, his solo album ‘Two Sides of the Moon’ appeared. He sang all the songs of this album. Released in 1978, the album ‘Who Are you’ features his singing of ‘Guitar and Pen’.
  • // 7th Sep 1978
    He used to take Clomethiazole, a sedative, on medical advice to alleviate his alcoholic withdrawal symptoms. He died of an overdose of this sedative at the age of 32.

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Keith Moon's FAQ

  • What is Keith Moon birthday?

    Keith Moon was born at 1946-08-23

  • When was Keith Moon died?

    Keith Moon was died at 1978-09-07

  • Where was Keith Moon died?

    Keith Moon was died in London

  • Which age was Keith Moon died?

    Keith Moon was died at age 32

  • Where is Keith Moon's birth place?

    Keith Moon was born in Harlesden

  • What is Keith Moon nationalities?

    Keith Moon's nationalities is British

  • Who is Keith Moon spouses?

    Keith Moon's spouses is Kim McLagan (m. 1966–1975)

  • Who is Keith Moon childrens?

    Keith Moon's childrens is Amanda Moon

  • What was Keith Moon universities?

    Keith Moon studied at Harrow Technical College

  • What is Keith Moon's cause of dead?

    Keith Moon dead because of Drug Overdose

  • Who is Keith Moon's father?

    Keith Moon's father is Alfred Charles

  • Who is Keith Moon's mother?

    Keith Moon's mother is Kathleen Winifred Moon

  • What is Keith Moon's sun sign?

    Keith Moon is Leo

  • How famous is Keith Moon?

    Keith Moon is famouse as Drummer