32 (passed away Sep. 7th, 1978)
Aug. 23rd, 1946
Wembley, London, England, UK
Keith Moon's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles1979 - The Who: The Kids Are Alright
1975 - Tommy
1974 - Son of Dracula
1974 - Stardust
1973 - That'll Be The Day
1971 - 200 Motels
1968 - Monterey Pop
Guest TV Roles[Complete List]
Keith John Moon (23 August 1946 – 7 September 1978) was an English musician, best known for being the drummer of the English rock group The Who. He gained acclaim for his exuberant and innovative drumming style, and notoriety for his eccentric and often self-destructive behaviour, earning him the nickname "Moon the Loon". Moon joined The Who in 1964. He played on all albums and singles from their debut, 1964's "Zoot Suit", to 1978's Who Are You, which was released three weeks before his death.
Moon was known for dramatic, suspenseful drumming—often eschewing basic back beats for a fluid, busy technique focused on fast, cascading rolls across the toms, ambidextrous double bass drum work and wild cymbal crashes and washes. He is mentioned in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of the greatest of all rock and roll drummers, and was posthumously inducted into the Rock Hall as a member of The Who in 1990.
Moon's legacy, as a member of The Who, as a solo artist, and as an eccentric personality, continues to garner awards and praise, including a Rolling Stone readers' pick placing him in second place of the magazine's "best drummers of all time" in 2011, nearly 35 years after his death.
Early life Keith John Moon lived in Wembley, Middlesex. As a boy he was hyperactive and had a restless imagination. As a youth, the one thing that could hold his attention was music. Moon failed his eleven plus exam, and thus went to a secondary modern school, where in a report his art teacher commented: 'Retarded artistically. 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". Often on his way home from school Keith would go to Macari's Music Studio in Ealing Road and would take instruction and practice on the drums there, where he learned his basic drumming skills. He left school in 1961.
- His daughter, Mandy, is happily married and living with her husband and two daughters in California.
- 'Roger Daltrey' (qv)'s song "Under A Raging Moon" was a tribute to him. The recording featured the work of 40 drummers, including 'Ringo Starr' (qv) and his son 'Zak Starkey' (qv).
- Joined 'The Who' (qv) in late 1964. Prior to that, he played drums for a cover band called The Beachcombers.
- Was very good friends with Dallas star Larry Hagman and singer Harry Nilsson.
- Son of 'Kathleen Moon' (qv).
- Did not like school and was not a good student. A teacher once wrote in his report card, "Retarded artistically, idiotic in other respects".
- Although he owned dozens of fast, rare and expensive cars, he also owned an old, beat-up tractor that he used to drive to his local pub.
- To be honoured with a 'blue plaque' at London's Marquee Club at 90 Wardour Street, Soho on 9th March 2009 by the Heritage Foundation. Rejecting the application by English Heritage for not being truly 'outstanding', English Heritage explained: "Is he a great drummer? Well you'd have to wait until Ringo Starr is dead and Phil Collins is dead and all these other great rock drummers until you can make that kind of decision... We decided that bad behaviour and overdosing on various substances wasn't a sufficient qualification to get a blue plaque.".
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