Keith Moon

Keith Moon

Original Name Keith John Moon
Wembley, London Borough of Brent, Greater London, England
Death 7 Sep 1978 (aged 32)
Westminster, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England
Plot Scattered in Section 3P
Memorial ID 1260 · View Source
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Rock Musician. He was the drummer for the seminal and influential English rock band "The Who." Born in Wembley, a suburb of London, England, at age 12 he joined the local Sea Cadet Corps where he learned to play the bugle and later, the drums. Falling in love with drum playing, he soon joined a group called "The Beachcombers" which played surf style music. Leaving high school at age 14 before graduating, Keith also had a number of jobs including electrician and plaster salesman, to help pay the bills. The Beachcombers had only one album, "Mad Goose," and about the time the album came out, Moon heard that the group "The Who" were looking for a drummer, and he applied for the position. After a quick audition, he was hired, and his unique drum style provided "The Who" with what was missing in their music to make them successful. When Pete Townshend started to smash his guitar on stage at the end of the concert, Keith decided to join in and smash his drums, thus establishing a trademark for the band. After work, Keith would continue to clown around with his music friends, and his antics soon gave him the nickname "Moon the Loon." His antics included smashing all the furniture in motel rooms, and in once incident, he nailed all of the room furniture to the ceiling. As a result, The Who was banned from all Holiday Inns in the United States. Keith soon married a 16-year old model, Kim Kerrigan (born Maryse Elizabeth Patricia Kerrigan), in March 1966. Four months later, on July 12, 1966, their only child, Amanda Moon, was born at the Central Middlesex Hospital in London. Shortly afterwards, he published a solo album, "Two Sides of the Moon," which was poorly received, and appeared in two movies, "That'll be the Day" (1973) and "Stardust" (1974). But, he is best remembered for his role of Uncle Ernie in the movie "Tommy" (1975). In the next several years, The Who became very successful, but Keith became increasingly dependent on alcohol and drugs to combat the stress caused by the band's success. He also became increasingly violent, especially to his wife, and broke her nose on three separate instances, and once threatened her with a gun. After the gun incident, she sued him for divorce, which was granted in April 1975. For a short time, Keith lived in Los Angeles, California, where he continued his drugs and alcohol consumption. Eventually, The Who demanded he return to London so they could continue to play as a band. He apparently overdosed on medication he was taking for his alcohol addiction, and his body was found in bed the next morning by his live-in girlfriend, Annette Walter-Lax. In 1990, he was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Keith Moon (23 Aug 1946–7 Sep 1978), Find a Grave Memorial no. 1260, citing Golders Green Crematorium, Golders Green, London Borough of Barnet, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .