Keith Moon

Keith John Moon (1946 - 1978)

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Keith John Moon
Born in Willesden, Middlesex, England, United Kingdommap
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Son of and [private mother (1920s - unknown)]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 17 Mar 1966 (to 1975) in Brent Registry Officemap
[children unknown]
Died in Westminster, London, England, United Kingdommap
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Keith John Moon was born on 23 August 1946 [1] & his parents were Alfred "Alf" Charles Moon and Kathleen "Kit" Winifred Hopley. [2]

He grew up in Alperton, a suburb of Wembley, in Middlesex, England. [2] During the early 1960s he took up the drums & some lessons from one of the loudest contemporary drummers, Screaming Lord Sutch's, Carlo Little.

In April 1964 at age 17 he auditioned for British rock band "The Who" before they recorded their first single & he remained a member of the band until his death.

He married Kim Kerrigan on 17 March 1966 [3] & they divorced in 1975. Kim later married "Faces" keyboard player Ian McLagan. She died in a car accident on 02 Aug 2006 in Austin, Texas. [2]

In mid-1978 MOON moved into the London apartment where singer Cass Elliot @32 had died 4 years earlier. He died there [2] on 7 Sep 1978 [4] at age 32 & he was cremated on 13 Sep 1978 at Golders Green Crematorium in London & his ashes were scattered in its Gardens of Remembrance. [2]

AllMusic's Bruce Eder said, "Moon, with his manic, lunatic side, and his life of excessive drinking, partying, and other indulgences, probably represented the youthful, zany side of rock & roll, as well as its self-destructive side, better than anyone else on the planet." [2]

In 1982 he was posthumously inducted into the Modern Drummer Hall of Fame, becoming only the second rock drummer to be chosen. [2]

In 2011 he was voted the second-greatest drummer in history by a Rolling Stone readers' poll. [2]


  1. England and Wales Birth Registration Index v5F p885 line#31 for Keith J. Moon birth registration=1946 Jul-Aug-Sep district=Willesden, Middlesex County, England mother=Hopley.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Wikipedia for Keith MOON
  3. Brent Registry Office
  4. Find A Grave: Memorial #1260 Retrieved 14 Jan 2018. for Keith MOON b=1946 d=1978

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