|Birth name||Keith John Moon|
|Also known as||Moon the Loon, Moonie, Uncle Ernie|
|Born||August 23, 1946|
|Origin||Harlesden, London, England|
|Died||September 7, 1978 (aged 32)|
|Genre(s)||Rock, pop, rhythm and blues, hard rock, Surf music|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, Songwriter, Composer, Producer, Actor|
|Instrument(s)||Drums, Percussion, Vocals, Bugle, Trumpet, Tuba,|
|Years active||1964 - 1978|
|Associated acts||The Who|
Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 – September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the rock group The Who. Events 79 - Mount Vesuvius begins stirring on the feast day of Vulcan the Roman god of fire Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Harlesden is a suburban town in the London Borough of Brent. Its main focal point is the Jubilee Clock which commemorates Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee. London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Events 1251 BC - A Solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes Greece. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) London ( ˈlʌndən is the capital and largest urban area in the United Kingdom. England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Hard rock (also referred to as heavy rock) is a variation of Rock music which has its earliest roots in mid-1960s garage and Psychedelic rock Surf music is a Genre of Popular music associated with Surf culture, particularly Orange County and other areas of Southern California A musician is a person who plays or writes Music. Musicians can be classified by their roles in creating or performing music An instrumentalist plays a A songwriter is someone who writes the Lyrics to songs the Musical composition (chords or Melody to songs or both A composer (literally meaning 'one who puts together' is a person who creates Music, usually in the medium of notation, for Interpretation and Performance In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing An actor, actress, player or thespian (see terminology) is a person who Acts in a Dramatic production and who works A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified for the purpose of making Music. A drum kit (also drum set or trap set) is a collection of Drums Cymbals and sometimes other Percussion instruments such as cowbells "Bugler" redirects here For the tobacco brand see Bugler (tobacco. Mediatubaogg -->The tuba is the largest and lowest pitched Brass instrument. The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend A premier is a title for the Head of government in some countries The Slingerland Drum Company is a historic Drum company which is linked to the rich history of Jazz drumming Events 79 - Mount Vesuvius begins stirring on the feast day of Vulcan the Roman god of fire Year 1946 ( MCMXLVI) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Events 1251 BC - A Solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes Greece. Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) A drummer is a Musician who plays a Drum or drums particularly a Drum kit ("drum set" or "trap set" Marching percussion The Who are an English rock band formed in 1964. The primary lineup consisted of guitarist Pete Townshend He gained fame and notoriety for his exuberant drumming style and his destructive lifestyle. Moon joined The Who in 1964, replacing Doug Sandom. Doug Sandom (born 1932 was the original drummer for English rock band The Who. He played on all albums from their debut, 1965's My Generation, to 1978's Who Are You, which was released two weeks before his death. My Generation is the debut album by the English rock band The Who, released in the UK in December of 1965 Who Are You is the eighth album by English rock band The Who.
Moon is known for innovative, dramatic drumming, often eschewing basic back beats for a fluid, extremely busy technique focused on fast, cascading rolls across the toms and cymbal crashes. Moon was one of the first to play the drums as a lead instrument in an era when drums were supposed to only keep the back beat. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most distinctive rock drummers of all time. 
Keith John Moon lived in Wembley as a boy, was extremely hyperactive, and had a restless imagination. Wembley is an area located in North-West London, England which forms the northern part of the London Borough of Brent. Hyperactivity can be described as a physical state in which a person is abnormally and easily excitable or exuberant Alfred's nickname for his son was "Nobby. " As a youth, one thing that could hold his attention was music. A report from his secondary modern school is not encouraging – his art teacher, for example, commented: 'Retarded artistically. A Secondary Modern School is a type of Secondary school that existed in most of the United Kingdom from 1944 until the early 1970s under the Tripartite System Idiotic in other respects. ' Teacher Aaron Sofocleous praised his music skills and encouraged his chaotic style, even if one school report noted "He has great ability, but must guard against a tendency to show off. " Moon failed his eleven plus exam and left school in 1961. In the United Kingdom the Eleven Plus or Transfer Test is an Examination administered to some students in their last year of primary education
On 17 March 1966, Moon married his pregnant girlfriend Kim Kerrigan in secrecy. Events 45 BC - In his last victory Julius Caesar defeats the Pompeian forces of Titus Labienus and Pompey the Younger Year 1966 ( MCMLXVI) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. Kim McLagan, née Clotilde Elizabeth Patricia Kerrigan, (born Leicester, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, December 30, Their daughter Amanda was born four months later, on 12 July. Events 1191 - Saladin 's garrison surrenders ending the two-year Siege of Acre. In 1973, Moon left Kerrigan. In 1974 he began dating Swedish model Annette Walter-Lax. Year 1974 ( MCMLXXIV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the 1974 Gregorian calendar. "Sverige" redirects here For other uses see Sweden (disambiguation and Sverige (disambiguation. Annette Walter-Lax ( May 10, 1957) is a Swedish former fashion model. The next year he officially divorced Kerrigan and stated he was going to marry Annette, although they finally didn't.
At twelve, Moon joined his local Sea Cadet Corps band as a bugle player, but quickly traded his position to be a drummer. The Sea Cadet Corps ( SCC) is a national youth organisation sponsored by the Royal Navy and open to young people between the ages of 10-18 years old "Bugler" redirects here For the tobacco brand see Bugler (tobacco.  Moon started drums at fourteen after his father bought him a drum kit. Moon received drumming lessons from one of the loudest drummers at the time, Carlo Little, paying him 10 shillings a lesson. Carlo Little ( 17 December 1938 — 6 August 2005) was an influential Rock and roll Drummer, based on the London Nightclub The shilling is a unit of Currency used in current and former Commonwealth countries and was continued to be used in countries that left the commonwealth  During this time he joined his first serious band "The Escorts".  He later spent 18 months as the drummer for the "The Beachcombers", a London cover band most notable for their renditions of songs by Cliff Richard. A cover band (or covers band) is a band that plays mostly or exclusively cover songs. Sir Cliff Richard, OBE, (born Harry Roger Webb on 14 October 1940 is an English Singer, Actor and Businessman. 
Moon initially played in the style of American surf rock and R&B drummers, utilising grooves and fills of those genres, particularly Hal Blaine of Wrecking Crew. Hal Blaine (born Harold Simon Belsky 5 February 1929, Holyoke Massachusetts) is an US Drummer and Session musician The Wrecking Crew was a nickname given to a group of Session musicians in Los Angeles California, who earned wide acclaim in the 1960s However, he played faster and louder, with more persistence and authority. Moon's favourite drummers were Jazz greats Gene Krupa, who inspired him to be the showman he was, and Sonny Rollins. Gene Krupa ( January 15, 1909 &ndash October 16, 1973) was an influential American Jazz and Big band Drummer Theodore Walter "Sonny" Rollins (born September 7 1930 in New York City) is an American Jazz tenor Saxophonist
At 17, Moon joined The Who (in April 1964), a replacement for their original drummer Doug Sandom. Doug Sandom (born 1932 was the original drummer for English rock band The Who. Sandom had left the band less than a month earlier and the remaining members hired a session drummer to fulfill a run of shows that they had already agreed to play. Session musicians are musicians available for hire as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right A concert is a live Performance, usually of Music, before an Audience. Keith Moon was at one of these shows. Peter Townshend later described him as looking like a "ginger man" with his hair dyed ginger and wearing ginger-coloured clothes. Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend (born 19 May 1945 in Chiswick, London) is an English rock Guitarist, Singer, This article is about people with red hair also sometimes called redheads As stated in Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who, Keith looked up to Roger Daltrey during the show and said "I hear you're looking for a drummer. Roger Harry Daltrey, CBE (born 1 March 1944) is an English rock Vocalist, songwriter and actor best known as the Well, I'm much better than the one you've got. " The band knew that they needed Moon after seeing him practically smash the drum kit to pieces. 
Moon started off on various three - or five-piece drum kits, but made the move to a double bass kit made by Premier in late 1965. A bass drum is a large Drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. Premier Percussion Limited is an English manufacturer of Drums and Percussion instruments The company was founded in 1922 as the Premier Drum Company Moon decided to simply take two Premier drum kits and put them together. This equipment widened his playing enormously: he abandoned his hi-hat cymbals almost entirely and started basing his grooves on a double bass ostinato with eighth note flams, and a wall of white noise created by riding a crash or ride cymbal. A hi-hat, or hihat, is a type of Cymbal and stand used as a typical part of a Drum kit by percussionists in R&B, hip-hop, Disco In Music, an Ostinato (derived from Italian: "stubborn" see also Oscillation) is a motif or phrase which is persistently A rudiment is one of a set of basic patterns used in rudimental drumming. White noise is a random signal (or process with a flat Power spectral density. A crash cymbal is a type of Cymbal that produces a loud sharp "crash" and is used mainly for occasional accents as opposed to in Ostinato. A ride cymbal is a type of Cymbal that is a standard part of most Drum kits Its function is to maintain a steady Rhythmic pattern sometimes called a On top of this he would play fills and cymbal accents. This became his trademark style.
Moon's Classic Premier setup comprised two 14x22 inch bass drums, three 8x14 (Tuna Can) mounted toms, two 16x16 floor toms, a 5x14 metal snare (usually a Ludwig Supraphonic), and one extra floor tom of several different sizes (but mainly 16x18 or 16x16). Moon's classic cymbal setup consisted of two Paiste 18" crashes and one 20" ride. Paiste, a Swiss manufacturer and designer is one of the world's largest manufacturers of Cymbals Gongs and metal In 1973, Moon added a second row of tom-toms (first four, then six) and then, in 1975, two more timbales. Timbales (or tymbales) are shallow single-headed Drums shallower in shape than single-headed tom-toms, and usually much higher tuned These huge kits became well known, notably the amber set in the films, Tommy and Stardust, and in the footage shot by the BBC at Charlton in 1974. Charlton is an area and an electoral ward south-east London, in the London Borough of Greenwich, located between Greenwich and Woolwich The 1975/76 white kit with gold effect fittings was given by Moon to a young Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr. Zak Starkey (born 13 September 1965 is an English Drummer, well-known as the first-born child of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (whose real name Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 is an English Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Actor His final kit, a dark metallic one, is seen in the footage from The Kids Are Alright at Shepperton in 1978. Shepperton Studios, located in Shepperton, Surrey, England is a film studio with a long history of film making
Early in The Who's career, the band's live sets culminated in "auto destruction", with members destroying their equipment in elaborate fashion, an act that would later be imitated by countless other bands and artists (including, notably, Jimi Hendrix in his breakout performance at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival). Auto-destructive art is a term invented by the artist Gustav Metzger in the early 1960s and put into circulation by his article Machine Auto-creative and Auto-destructive James Marshall Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix) (November 27 1942 – September 18 1970 was an American Guitarist, Singer and Songwriter The Monterey International Pop Music Festival was a three-day concert event held June 16 to June 18 1967 at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey Moon showed a particular zeal for this, wildly kicking and smashing his drums. During an appearance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour television show, he loaded a drum with explosives which were detonated during the finale of "My Generation," singeing Townshend's hair, and embedding a piece of cymbal in his arm (this has been speculated as starting Townshend's tinnitus). The Smothers Brothers are an American music-and- Comedy team consisting of the brothers Tom ("Tommy" and Dick Smothers. Tinnitus (tɪˈnaɪtəs or /ˈtɪnɪtəs/ from the Latin word for " Ringing " is the perception of sound within the human ear in the absence of corresponding Another time, he filled a set of clear acrylic drums entirely with water and used them as tanks for goldfish, actually playing them for a television appearance. When an audience member asked "What happens with your goldfish?" he replied with a grin, "Well I mean, you know. . . even the best drummers get hungry. " Antics like these earned him the nickname "Moon the Loon. "
Moon was enthusiastic about singing. His determination to add his voice to The Who songs eventually led the other members to banish him from the studio when vocals were recorded. This led to an ongoing game, with Moon sneaking in to join the singing. At the tail end of "Happy Jack," Townshend can be heard shouting "I saw you!" it is said that he noticed Moon trying to join in surreptitiously. However, Moon can be heard singing on several Who tracks, including a section of "A Quick One While He's Away" (A Quick One, 1966), "Armenia City in the Sky" (The Who Sell Out, 1967), "Bell Boy" (Quadrophenia, 1973), "Pictures of Lily" (1967), "Instant Party Mixture" (My Generation Deluxe Edition, 1965), "Bucket T" and "Barbara Ann" (Ready Steady Who EP, 1966). A Quick One is the second album by English rock band The Who, released in 1966 The Who Sell Out is the third album by the English rock band The Who, released in 1967 The Who Sell Out is the third album by the English rock band The Who, released in 1967 Quadrophenia is the sixth album by the English rock band The Who. Quadrophenia is the sixth album by the English rock band The Who. " Pictures of Lily " is a single by the British rock band The Who. My Generation is the debut album by the English rock band The Who, released in the UK in December of 1965 "Barbara Ann" is a song written by Fred Fassert and performed (as "Barbara Anne" by The Regents in 1961.
He was credited as the composer of "I Need You," which he also sang, and the instrumental "Cobwebs and Strange" (from A Quick One, 1966), the single B-sides "In The City" (co-written by Moon and Entwistle), "Dogs Part Two" (1969) (sharing the credits with Townshend's and Entwistle's dogs, Towser and Jason) and "Wasp Man" (1972), and "Girl's Eyes" (from The Who Sell Out sessions; featured on Thirty Years of Maximum R&B and a 1995 re-release of The Who Sell Out). Thirty Years of Maximum R&B is a Box set by British rock band The Who. He also co-composed the instrumental "The Ox" (from their debut album "My Generation") with Townshend, Entwistle and pianist Nicky Hopkins. Nicky Hopkins (born Nicholas Christian Hopkins ( February 24, 1944 in Harlesden, North London, England; died "Tommy's Holiday Camp" (from Tommy) was credited to Moon, who suggested that the action should take place in a holiday camp. The song was actually written by Townshend, and although many people think he sings on the track, the version featured on the album is Townshend's demo. However he did sing it live, and most famously on the Tommy film. Tommy is a 1975 Musical film, based on The Who's 1969 "rock opera" album musical Tommy. Moon also produced "Baba O'Riley"'s famous violin solo (which he had suggested), and was recorded by Dave Arbus, a friend of his. " Baba O'Riley " is a song by the English rock band The Who, written by Pete Townshend. East of Eden is a 1970s Progressive rock band, who had a Top 10 hit with the single " Jig-a-Jig " in 1971
Daltrey has said that Moon's unique drumming style was what really held the band together; that Entwistle and Townshend "were like needles. . . and Keith was the wool. "
Moon was highly destructive. He laid waste to hotel rooms, the homes of friends, and even his own home, often throwing furniture out of high windows and destroying the plumbing with fireworks. A firework is classified as a low explosive pyrotechnic device used primarily for aesthetic and entertainment purposes  He frequently flushed powerful fireworks (Cherry bombs) down the toilet and was known to detonate toilets for amusement. Cherry Bombs (picture (aka "Globe Salutes" are approximately spherical shaped exploding Fireworks ranging in size from three-quarters-inch to one-and-one-half-inch The acts, though often fueled by drugs and alcohol, were also his way of expressing his eccentricity, as well as the undeniable joy he got from shocking the public.  In Moon's biography, Full Moon, Dougal Butler observed, "He would do anything if he knew that there were enough people around who didn't want him to do it. "
Moon's pranks bear a remarkable similarity to those of Australia's self-appointed first (and arguably only) Dadaist, the comedian Barry Humphries, who affected the same maniacal stare as Moon. John Barry Humphries, AO, CBE (born 17 February 1934, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian A darker side to Moon's amusing (mis)behaviour, tentatively diagnosed as having been caused by a Borderline Personality Disorder in Fletcher's biography, was his physical violence towards three important women in his life, namely his wife Kim, girlfriend Annette, and only daughter Mandy. Borderline personality disorder ( BPD) is a psychiatric diagnosis in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ( DSM-IV Personality He was also prepared to pay someone to break his ex-wife's second husband's fingers out of jealousy. Annette Walter-Lax described his Mr Hyde-like change into a growling, uncontrollable beast as something out of a horror movie. Annette Walter-Lax ( May 10, 1957) is a Swedish former fashion model. Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde is a Novella written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and first published in 1886 She eventually begged Malibu neighbour Larry Hagman to check Moon into a clinic to dry out, but when the doctors recorded Moon's intake at breakfast (a full bottle of champagne along with Courvoisier ), they concluded there was no hope. Larry Martin Hagman (born September 21, 1931) is an American film and television Actor, producer and director, primarily Courvoisier is a brand of cognac. The company is now based in the town of Jarnac in the Charente department  Alice Cooper cherishes the memories of his drinking club The Hollywood Vampires, commenting that Moon ('the Puck of Rock 'n' Roll") used to steal the show by entering dressed up as the Pope. Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American rock singer songwriter and musician whose career spans five The Hollywood Vampires was a group of famous male rocks stars in the 70's  Joe Walsh has recorded chats with Moon, finding it remarkable how witty and alert the inebriated drummer managed to stay, ad-libbing his way through surrealistic fantasy stories à la Peter Cook. Joseph Fidler "Joe" Walsh (born November 20, 1947) is an American Guitarist, songwriter and Rock musician He has been a Peter Edward Cook (17 November 1937 &ndash 9 January 1995 was an English Satirist, Writer and Comedian.
One story concerns him driving a Rolls-Royce car into a swimming pool. A Rolls-Royce car may refer to vehicles produced by Rolls-Royce Limited (1906-1973 Rolls-Royce Motors (1973-2003 which was owned Daltrey subsequently witnessed the resulting US$50,000 bill. It occurred at a Holiday Inn hotel pool in Flint, Michigan on Bristol Road and was seen by DJ "Peter C" Cavanaugh, who was the first DJ to play The Who in America. Flint is a city in the US state of Michigan and is located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km northwest of Detroit.  A video interview of Cavanaugh recounting the night's events is now available. Daltrey said in Top Gear that Moon did not drive a Rolls-Royce into a swimming pool, but he did drive a Chrysler Wimbledon into an ornamental pond. Top Gear is a BAFTA, multi- NTA and International Emmy Award -winning BBC Television series about motor vehicles mainly A pond is a body of water smaller than a Lake, both being examples of Terrain features Although the term pond is universally used to describe waterbodies that  According to the book The Who In Their Own Words, Moon said the incident was at the Holiday Inn in Flint, Michigan (at Moon's 21st birthday party), and the car was a Lincoln Continental. Flint is a city in the US state of Michigan and is located along the Flint River, 66 miles (106 km northwest of Detroit. The Lincoln Continental, an automobile produced by the Lincoln division of Ford Motor Company, began for the 1939 model year He said this was how he broke his front tooth. According to John Entwistle, Moon lost his tooth by slipping on a piece of birthday cake, while he was running away from a cop, and in fact, didn't even see a swimming pool that day. John Alec Entwistle ( October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English Bass guitarist, Songwriter, Singer Whatever the events were that occurred that day, the story goes that The Who was banished from every Holiday Inn thereafter.
Although his behaviour was outrageous, it was in the same humorous vein as his friend Vivian Stanshall, of the Bonzo Dog Band. Vivian Stanshall (born Victor Anthony Stanshall, 21 March 1943 &ndash 5 March 1995) was an The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band (also known as The Bonzo Dog Band, The Bonzo Dog Dada Band and colloquially as " The Bonzos " are a band created by Moon produced Stanshall's version of Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds.
According to Townshend, Moon's reputation for erratic behaviour was something in which he took pride and cultivated. Once, when The Who was on its way to an airport to catch a flight to their next concert, Moon suddenly insisted that they return to their hotel, saying frantically, "I forgot something. We've got to go back!" When the limo returned, Moon ran to his room, grabbed the TV while it was still plugged in via extension cord, threw it out the window and into the pool. He then jumped back into the limousine, sighing with relief, "I nearly forgot. "
On January 4, 1970, Moon was involved in a car-pedestrian death outside the Red Lion pub in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. Events 46 BC - Titus Labienus defeats Julius Caesar in the Battle of Ruspina. Year 1970 ( MCMLXX) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Hatfield, originally Bishop's Hatfield, is in the Welwyn Hatfield district of Hertfordshire, in the south of England. Trying to escape hostile skinheads from the pub who had begun to attack his Bentley, Moon ran over and killed his friend and bodyguard, Neil Boland. A skinhead is a member of a Subculture that originated among Working class youths in the United Kingdom in the 1960s and then spread to other parts of Bentley Motors Limited is an English manufacturer of luxury Automobiles and Grand Tourers Bentley Motors was founded in England A bodyguard (or "close protection officer" is a type of Security guard or government agent who protects a person—usually a famous wealthy or politically Although the coroner said that Boland's death was an accident, and Moon was subsequently given an absolute discharge after having been charged with driving offences, those close to him said Moon was haunted by the accident for the rest of his life. A coroner is an official responsible for investigating deaths particularly some of those happening under unusual circumstances and determining the cause of death A conditional discharge is a sentence passed by a court whereby the defendant is not punished provided he or she complies with certain conditions Boland's daughter later investigated and suggested that Moon may not have been driving the car. 
Moon's penchant for the wild life was detrimental to his drumming and his reliability as a band member. On their 1973 Quadrophenia tour, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, Moon accidentally swallowed horse tranquillizers that had been slipped into his drink the night before. Quadrophenia is the sixth album by the English rock band The Who. The Cow Palace (originally known as the California State Livestock Pavilion) is an indoor arena in Daly City California, situated on the border of Daly City is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States with a 2000 population of 103621 California ( is a US state on the West Coast of the United States, along the Pacific Ocean. He passed out during "Won't Get Fooled Again" and again in "Magic Bus. " Magic Bus " is one of The Who 's most popular songs " When Moon was finally incapacitated, Townshend asked the audience, "Can anyone play the drums? - I mean somebody good. " An audience member, Scot Halpin, filled in for Moon for the rest of the show. Thomas Scot Halpin ( February 3, 1954 – February 9, 2008) was an artist and musician noted for sitting in for The Who 's Keith During the band's recording sabbatical between 1975 and 1978, Moon put on a great deal of weight.
Moon owned a lilac-coloured Rolls-Royce, which he had painted with house paint. About the plant lilac see Syringa. Lilac is a color that is a pale shade of violet. On Top Gear, Daltrey commented that Moon liked to take upper-class icons and make them working class. Top Gear is a BAFTA, multi- NTA and International Emmy Award -winning BBC Television series about motor vehicles mainly The car is now owned by Middlebrook Garages (based in Nottinghamshire, England). Nottinghamshire (abbreviated Notts) is an English county in the East Midlands, which borders South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire
Although Moon's work with The Who dominated his career, he participated in a few minor side projects. In 1966, he teamed with Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck, session man Nicky Hopkins, and future Led Zeppelin members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to record an instrumental, "Beck's Bolero," released as a single-double later that year. The Yardbirds are an English rock band noted for starting the careers of three of rock's most famous Guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck Geoffrey Arnold "Jeff" Beck (born June 24, 1944 to Arnold and Ethel Beck in Wallington, England) is an English Nicky Hopkins (born Nicholas Christian Hopkins ( February 24, 1944 in Harlesden, North London, England; died Led Zeppelin were James Patrick Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944 is an English Guitarist, Composer and record producer John Paul Jones (born John Baldwin on January 3, 1946) is an English Musician, Composer, arranger, Record " Beck's Bolero " is a short rock -based instrumental piece heavily influenced by Maurice Ravel 's Bolero, recorded by Jeff Beck He also played timpani on another track, "Ol' Man River" (credited on the back of the album as "You Know Who"). Timpani (also known colloquially as kettledrums or kettle drums) are Musical instruments in the percussion family
Moon is said to have named Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin were When an early version of the band was being discussed that would have had himself, John Entwistle on bass, Jimmy Page on guitar, and an undecided vocalist, he stated the potential super group would "go over like a lead zeppelin. John Alec Entwistle ( October 9, 1944 – June 27, 2002) was an English Bass guitarist, Songwriter, Singer James Patrick Page, OBE (born 9 January 1944 is an English Guitarist, Composer and record producer " He joined Zeppelin on stage and drummed along with John Bonham for the encores in a show on 23 June 1977 at the L.A. Forum (recorded on various Led Zeppelin bootlegs). John Henry "Bonzo" Bonham (May 31 1948 – September 25 1980 was an English Drummer and member of the band Led Zeppelin. Events 1180 - First Battle of Uji, starting the Genpei War in Japan 1305 - The Flemish Also 1977 (album by Ash. Year 1977 ( MCMLXXVII) was a Common year starting on Saturday (link displays The Forum, known for a time as the Great Western Forum, is an indoor arena in Inglewood California, a suburb of Los Angeles.
In 1974 Track Records/MCA released a solo single: "Don't Worry, Baby" b/w "Teenage Idol", the former a reflection of his love of The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys is an American rock band Formed in 1961 the group gained popularity for its close vocal harmonies and lyrics reflecting a California Youth culture
In 1975 he released his only solo album, a collection of pop covers entitled Two Sides of the Moon. Two Sides Of the Moon is the only solo album from the original drummer from The Who, Keith Moon. Although this featured Moon's singing, much drumming was left to other artists including Ringo Starr, session musicians Curly Smith and Jim Keltner and actor/musician Miguel Ferrer (Twin Peaks and Crossing Jordan). Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 is an English Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Actor Session musicians are musicians available for hire as opposed to musicians who are either permanent members of a musical outfit or who have acquired fame in their own right Jim Keltner (born April 27 1942 in Tulsa Oklahoma) is a distinguished session drummer who has contributed to the work of many well-known artists Miguel José Ferrer (born February 7, 1955) is a Screen Actors Guild Award -winning American Actor, who is often typecast Twin Peaks is a Television Serial drama that follows the investigation of the brutal murder of popular respected Teenager and homecoming queen Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that aired on NBC from September 24 2001 to May 16 Moon played drums on only three tracks.
In late 1975, he played drums on the track "Bo Diddley Jam" on Bo Diddley's The 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n' Roll all-star album. Bo Diddley ( December 30 1928 &ndash June 2 2008, born Ellas Otha Bates) was an original and influential American
In 1971 he had a cameo role in Frank Zappa's farcical film 200 Motels. A cameo role or cameo appearance (often shortened to just cameo) is a brief appearance of a known person in a work of the Performing arts, such as Frank Vincent Zappa (December 21 1940 – December 4 1993 was an American Composer, Electric guitarist Record producer and Film director 200 Motels is a 1971 movie featuring Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, produced at Pinewood Studios, England He acted in drag as a nun fearful of death from overdosing on pills. The term drug overdose (or simply overdose or OD) describes the Ingestion or application of a Drug or other substance in quantities In 1973 he appeared in That'll Be the Day, playing J. That'll Be the Day is a 1973 British film starring David Essex and Ringo Starr, written by Ray Connolly and directed by D. Clover, the resident drummer at a holiday camp during the early days of British rock 'n' roll. Holiday Camp is a 1947 British film directed by Ken Annakin, starring Jack Warner, Jimmy Hanley, Kathleen Harrison and Dennis British rock and roll, or Brit rock, was born out of the influence of Rock and roll and Rhythm and blues from the United States, but added Moon reprised the role for the sequel Stardust in 1974. Stardust is a 1974 British film directed by Michael Apted and starring David Essex and Adam Faith. The film co-starred Moon's long time friend Ringo Starr of the Beatles. Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 is an English Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Actor The Beatles were a pop and rock band from Liverpool, England formed in 1960 He appeared as "Uncle Ernie" in Ken Russell's 1975 film adaptation of Tommy. Henry Kenneth Alfred Russell, known as Ken Russell (born 3 July 1927 is an English Film director. In 1976, he covered the Beatles' "When I'm Sixty-Four" for the soundtrack of the documentary All This and World War II. " When I'm Sixty-Four " is a Love song by The Beatles, written by Paul McCartney (but co-credited to John Lennon) and All This and World War II is a 1976 musical documentary that juxtaposes Beatles songs performed by a number of musicians with World War He impersonated a camp fashion designer in "Sextette" (1978), starring Mae West. Sextette is a 1978 Crown International comedy / musical motion picture starring Mae West. Mae West (August 17 1893 &ndash November 22 1980 was an American actress, Playwright, Screenwriter, and Sex symbol. He was to have a part in Monty Python's Life of Brian and stayed in the Caribbean with the six Python members as they wrote the script. Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) is the collective name of the six creators of Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British Television Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as The Life of Brian, is a 1979 Comedy film written directed and largely performed by the He died before filming. The published edition of the screenplay to Life of Brian is dedicated to Moon.
Moon once owned a hotel, The Crown and Cushion in Chipping Norton. Chipping Norton is a Town in the West Oxfordshire Distrcit of Oxfordshire, England, located north west of Oxford.
Moon was Paul McCartney's guest at a film preview of The Buddy Holly Story on the evening of 6 September 1978. Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE (born 18 June 1942 is an English rock Singer, Bass guitarist songwriter Composer, For the Buddy Holly album see The Buddy Holly Story (album For the musical about Holly see Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story Events 3114 BC - According to the Proleptic Julian calendar the current era in the Maya Long Count Calendar started Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) After dining with Paul and Linda McCartney, Moon and his girlfriend, Annette Walter-Lax, returned to a flat on loan from Harry Nilsson in Curzon Place, London (Near Shepherd Market), where Moon died of an overdose of Clomethiazole (Heminevrin), a medication he was taking as part of a programme to wean him off alcohol. Linda Louise McCartney (née Eastman, formerly See, September 24 1941 – April 17 1998 was an American Photographer, Musician and Annette Walter-Lax ( May 10, 1957) is a Swedish former fashion model. Harry Edward Nilsson III ( June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994) was an American Songwriter, singer Pianist, and Clomethiazole (also called Chlormethiazole) is a Sedative and Hypnotic that is widely used in treating and preventing symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal In Chemistry, an alcohol is any Organic compound in which a Hydroxyl group ( - O[[hydrogen H]]) is bound to a Carbon The police investigation determined there were about 32 pills in his system, 26 of them undissolved.  Moon died in the same room in which Cass Elliot of The Mamas & the Papas had died four years earlier. Cass Elliot ( September 19 1941 – July 29 1974) born Ellen Naomi Cohen, was a noted American Singer, best The Mamas & the Papas (credited as The Mama's and the Papa's on the debut album cover were a Vocal group of the 1960s.
On the audio DVD commentary to The Criterion Collection's release of the Monty Python film Life of Brian, Eric Idle talks about the dinner party. The Criterion Collection is a Privately held company that distributes "authoritative" consumer versions of "important classic and contemporary films" Monty Python (sometimes known as The Pythons) is the collective name of the six creators of Monty Python's Flying Circus, a British Television Monty Python's Life of Brian, also known as The Life of Brian, is a 1979 Comedy film written directed and largely performed by the Eric Idle (born 29 March 1943 is an English Comedian, Actor, Author, Singer and Composer of comedic songs Idle relates that Moon was very excited about his upcoming role as a prophet in the movie. In Religion, a prophet (or prophetess) is a person who has encountered the Supernatural or the divine and serves as an intermediary After launching into his speech for the film, Idle and Moon exchanged a "big, warm hug," with Idle commenting that "he was just such a wonderful enthusiast. "
Moon died a couple of weeks after the release of Who Are You. Who Are You is the eighth album by English rock band The Who. On the album cover, Moon is seated on a chair back-to-front to hide the weight he gained over three years (as discussed in Tony Fletcher's book "Dear Boy"). The chair is labeled "NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY. "
Moon was cremated. His ashes were scattered in the Gardens of Remembrance at Golders Green Crematorium in London. Golders Green Crematorium and Mausoleum was the first crematorium to be opened in London, and one of the oldest crematoria in Britain.
While Moon was alive, The Who performed with four members. Afterward, he was replaced by Small Faces/Faces drummer Kenney Jones and later Simon Phillips. Small Faces were an English rock group from East London, heavily influenced by American Rhythm and blues. Faces (sometimes known as The Faces) were a Rock band formed in 1969 by members of the Small Faces after Steve Marriott left that group Kenneth Thomas "Kenney" Jones (born 16 September 1948, Stepney, East London) is a veteran English rock Simon Phillips (born 6 February 1957 in London) is a prolific English Jazz and rock Drummer. The Who also added keyboardist John "Rabbit" Bundrick to the live band. John Douglas "Rabbit" Bundrick (born November 21, 1948) is a prominent American-born rock Keyboardist, Pianist, and The Who's drum position is currently occupied by Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr. Zak Starkey (born 13 September 1965 is an English Drummer, well-known as the first-born child of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr (whose real name Ringo Starr, MBE (born Richard Starkey on 7 July 1940 is an English Musician, Singer, Songwriter and Actor Starkey was taught by Moon and used to refer to him as "Uncle Keith".
Daltrey recorded a song, "Under a Raging Moon" as a tribute to Moon and the "middle bar" in the London Astoria is aptly named after him.
A biography was written about Moon by Tony Fletcher, entitled Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon. Tony Fletcher (born April 23, 1964) is a Music journalist best known for his biographies of drummer Keith Moon and the band R "Dear Boy" became a catchphrase of Moon's when he started affecting a pompous English accent around 1969, particularly when ordering drinks. A catch phrase (or catchphrase) is a phrase or expression recognized by its repeated utterance  In early 2006, Moon's signature Pictures of Lily drum kit was reissued by Premier Percussion under the name Spirit of Lily. Premier Percussion Limited is an English manufacturer of Drums and Percussion instruments The company was founded in 1922 as the Premier Drum Company
Moon's ex-wife, Kim, was married to Ian McLagan of The Faces in 1978, the year that Moon died. Ian McLagan (born Ian Patrick McLagan, 12 May 1945 Hounslow, Middlesex) is an English keyboard Instrumentalist, best known Faces (sometimes known as The Faces) were a Rock band formed in 1969 by members of the Small Faces after Steve Marriott left that group She was killed in a traffic accident near Austin, Texas on August 2, 2006. Events 338 BC - A Macedonian army led by Philip II defeated the combined forces of Athens and Thebes in the Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
Moon's daughter, Mandy, is married to a graphic artist. She has two daughters and lives in Southern California.
Daltrey is producing a biopic about Moon called See Me Feel Me: Keith Moon Naked for Your Pleasure, which will be released in 2009. Comedian Mike Myers will play the main role. Michael John "Mike" Myers (born May 25, 1963) is a Canadian Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter and Film producer
Moon: The Life and Death of a Rock Legend by Tony Fletcher
Anyway Anyhow Anywhere (Revised Edition): The Complete Chronicle of The Who 1958-1978 by Andrew Neill and Mathew Kent