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Ronald C. “Pigpen” McKernan

  • Birth 8 Sep 1945 San Bruno, San Mateo County, California, USA
  • Death 8 Mar 1973 Corte Madera, Marin County, California, USA
  • Burial Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA
  • Plot Hillview Sec.Bb16 Lot 374
  • Memorial ID 1724

Musician. Born in San Bruno, California, he was a vocalist, organist and harmonica player best known for being a member of The Grateful Dead. In the mid 1960s, he with musicians Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, formed the band The Grateful Dead and released their self-titled album on the Warner Bros. label in 1967. With the Dead, he recorded songs to include "Katie Mae", "Hard to Handle", "Midnight Hour", "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and "Bring Me My Shotgun". After the Dead toured Europe in 1972, he could no longer tour with the band due to health problems. He died from a stomach hemorrhage in Corte Madera, California.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1724
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ronald C. “Pigpen” McKernan (8 Sep 1945–8 Mar 1973), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1724, citing Alta Mesa Memorial Park, Palo Alto, Santa Clara County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .