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Keith Moon

Biography

Drummer using the British rock-band The Who also and who was simply named the #2 best drummer by Rolling Rock in 2011. He was a bugle participant with the ocean Cadet Corps when he was twelve yrs . old. He remaining college when he was fourteen and went to Harrow Technical University. He was known for blowing up resort toilets, which resulted in him not becoming allowed in lots of from the world’s biggest resort stores. He got wedded to Kim Kerrigan on March 17, 1966 plus they divorced in Apr 1975. He passed on after overdosing on prescription supplements. He was within the Who with Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend.

Quick Facts


Full Name Keith Moon
Date Of Birth August 23, 1946
Died September 7, 1978, Westminster, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.75 m
Profession Drummer
Nationality British
Spouse Kim McLagan
Children Amanda Jane Moon DeWolf
Parents Alfred Charles Moon, Kathleen Winifred Moon
Siblings Linda Moon, Lesley Moon
Awards NME Award for Best Drummer
Music Groups The Who, Plastic Ono Band
Movies The Who at Kilburn: 1977, The Kids Are Alright, Sextette, Tommy, Stardust, Son of Dracula, That'll Be the Day, 200 Motels, Woodstock, The Who Special Edition EP
Star Sign Virgo

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  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1Friend and partner in practical jokes with Vivian Stanshall.
2Very good friends with Oliver Reed.
3The plaque at Golders Green, where he was cremated, and then his ashes scattered in in the Gardens of Remembrance, reads: Keith Moon 'Who' drummer. 1946 - 1978 "There is no substitute".
4He has a Blue Plaque at the old Marquee Club, at 90 Wardour Street, London, to celebrate his first show's with The Who, it reads: Keith Moon 1946 - 1978. Legendary rock drummer with 'The Who'. Performed here at the site of the Marquee Club in the 1960s.
5To 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.".
6Was very good friends with Dallas star Larry Hagman and singer Harry Nilsson.
7Once drove his Lincoln Continental into a hotel swimming pool, knocking out one of his teeth in the process.
8In 1973 he collapsed onstage at the San Francisco Cow Palace after having taken a huge amount of animal tranquilizer.
9Moon accidentally ran over his driver, Neil Boland on January 4, 1970. Moon, his wife, Kim and Larry "Legs" Smith (of the Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band) left a pub where they were followed by a group of Skinheads who proceeded to pound on the car after Moon and his group got in it. Neil exited the car to stop the fracas and the car continued to move. Moon, from the back seat, tried to steer the car out of harm's way and inadvertently ran over Boland. Boland later died of his injuries. (Described in "Dear Boy: The Life of Keith Moon" by Tony Fletcher.)
10Although 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.
11Did not like school and was not a good student. A teacher once wrote in his report card, "Retarded artistically, idiotic in other respects".
12His ex-wife, Kim Moon McLagan, was killed in a car accident in August 2006 in Texas.
13His daughter, Mandy, is happily married and living with her husband and two daughters in California.
14Son of Kathleen Moon.
15He took his role as Uncle Ernie in the film version of Tommy (1975) very seriously, and was nervous about playing the part. He also met one of his great drinking buddies while making the film: Oliver Reed.
16Was a huge fan of The Beach Boys and reportedly used to listen to their 1964 album "Shut Down Volume 2" constantly for inspiration, before joining The Who. One of the last songs he sung in the studio was a cover of their 1966 #1 hit "Barbara Ann". He also produced a solo album that had a cover of their 1964 hit, 'Don't Worry Baby'.
17Was nicknamed "Nobby" by his father, Arthur. Arthur Moon died suddenly of a heart attack in 1974 at age 53.
18His public image was so pronounced that the Muppet character, Animal, whose credo is "Drums. Women. Food." was inspired by Moon.
19Was close friends with singer Marc Bolan and Monty Python star Graham Chapman.
20Left school at age 14, after discovering the drums.
21Learned to play drums at age 14.
22The first instrument he played was the bugle.
23Was originally going to play The Odd Job Man in Graham Chapman's The Odd Job (1978), but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts with The Who, and his drinking problem.
24Was a front-row guest at one of The Monkees's London concerts; countered the fans' cries of "We want The Monkees!" by bellowing "We want The Who!" as loudly as anyone.
25Was ejected from a hotel suite after a night of nailing and strapping all the furniture to the ceiling.
26Shared a house in Los Angeles with John Lennon and May Pang, Ringo Starr, and Harry Nilsson in 1974; it was the same place where Bobby Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe had met for trysts in the early 1960s. They called it their "rock-n-roll rest home", and Moon was fond of coming down to breakfast wearing a trenchcoat slit up the back... and nothing underneath. (Klaus Voormann also lived there with his girlfriend, but steered clear of the other men's antics.)
27Daughter with his then wife Kim: Amanda Jane ("Mandy"), born on July 12, 1966.
28In reality, Moon and John Entwistle. discussed leaving The Who, going as far to name the band Lead Zeppelin based on the English saying "going over like a lead zeppelin" as Americans say "going over like a lead balloon". Entwistle went as far as to do drawings of the first album cover (the Hindenberg in flames) and they discussed the idea with their then driver Richard Cole. Later when this didn't materialize, and with Cole leaving their employ and going to work with Jimmy Page, the name was indeed used by Page to name the New Yardbirds. Both Moon and Entwistle subsequently took credit for the name.
29Packed flash powder in his bass drum during an appearance on the The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour (1967), causing it to explode. This not only caused Pete Townshend's hair to catch fire and damaged his hearing, but Moon was injured as well. His prime purpose in this prank was to upstage Smothers, and when he appeared right in front of the camera whilst a joke was being cracked, before collapsing, his attempts were successful. Bette Davis was standing backstage during the explosion and fainted.
30Was allegedly responsible for The Who being banned from every Holiday Inn in the US for life after creating a ruckus while celebrating his 20th birthday at one of the chain's hotels in the Flint, MI, though actually they continued to use Holiday Inns for much of their career.
31On the cover of the last The Who album recorded with Moon, he is seated in chair upon which the words "Not to Be Taken Away" are stenciled. Moon died within weeks of the album's release.
32Roger Daltrey's song "Under A Raging Moon" was a tribute to him. The recording featured the work of 40 drummers, including Ringo Starr and his son Zak Starkey.
33Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Who) in 1990.
34Was the youngest member of The Who.
35The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean were his favorite musicians.
36Joined The Who in late 1964. Prior to that, he played drums for a cover band called The Beachcombers.
37Godfather of Zak Starkey. Replaced by Kenney Jones, ex-Face/Small Face, who was replaced by Zak Starkey.
38Dedicatee of the published script of Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979).
39Ashes scattered at Golders Green Crematorium, London, England in section 3P.
40Was the drummer with The Who along with Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Who: At Kilburn 19772009VideoPercussionist
Sextette1978Dress Designer
Tommy1975Uncle Ernie
Sonic Boom1974ShortMad Doctor Cherman
Stardust1974J.D. Clover
Harry and Ringo's Night Out Promo Reel1974ShortKeith
Son of Dracula1974Musician: The Count Downes
That'll Be the Day1973J.D. Clover
200 Motels1971The Hot Nun

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007Documentary writer: "Cobwebs and Strange", "The Ox", "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993Documentary writer: "Tommy's Holiday Camp"
The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary writer: "Cobwebs and Strange"
All This and World War II1976Documentary performer: "When I'm Sixty Four"
Tommy1975performer: "Christmas", "Fiddle About", "Tommy's Holiday Camp" - uncredited / writer: "Bernie's Holiday Camp", "Tommy's Holiday Camp" - uncredited
Rape Victims1975writer: "Overture" - uncredited

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tommy1975musician
That'll Be the Day1973music supervisor

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tommy1975additional material

Composer

Composer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Kids Are Alright1979Documentary as The Who

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Quadrophenia1979executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mayor of the Sunset Strip2003Documentary we would like to thank: with love
Life of Brian1979published edition of the screenplay dedicated to

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Who Live in Texas '752012VideoHimself (drums & percussion)
The Who at the London Coliseum 19692009VideoHimself (Drums)
The Who Weekend2002VideoHimself (The Who)
My Generation2000DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Listening to You: The Who at the Isle of Wight 19701998TV Movie documentaryHimself (The Who)
Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival1997DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus1996DocumentaryHimself - The Who
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
Woodstock Diary1994TV Movie documentaryHimself (as The Who)
The Who's Tommy, the Amazing Journey1993DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
MTV Rocumentary: The Story of the Who1988TV Special documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Who: Who's Better Who's Best1988DocumentaryHimself
Roger Daltrey1983TV SpecialHimself
The Kids Are Alright1979DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Rolling Stone Magazine: The 10th Anniversary1977TV MovieHimself
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
The 4th Annual American Music Awards1977TV SpecialHimself
The Hoyt Axton Country Western Boogie Woogie Gospel Rock and Roll Show1975TV MovieHimself / Singer
La fête aujourd'hui, la fête demain1974DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Radio Wonderful1974Documentary shortHimself
Russell Harty Plus1973TV SeriesHimself / Himself - The Who
In Concert1972TV SeriesHimself - Host
4-3-2-1 Hot and Sweet1970TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Woodstock1970DocumentaryHimself - The Who (uncredited)
Schlag auf Schlager1970TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Beat-Club1967-1969TV SeriesHimself - Musician
This Is Tom Jones1969TV Series documentaryHimself
Monterey Pop1968DocumentaryPerformers (as The Who)
Time for Blackburn1968TV SeriesHimself
Melodien einer Stadt1968TV SeriesHimself - Musician
The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour1967TV SeriesHimself
Our World1967TV Movie documentaryHimself (United Kingdom segment)
Ready, Steady, Go!1965-1966TV SeriesHimself
Popside1966TV SeriesHimself
Carousella1966Documentary shortHimself (as The Who)
Take Thirty1965TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1965TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Biography2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Classic Rock Drum Solos2007Video documentaryHimself
Amazing Journey: The Story of The Who2007DocumentaryHimself
Final 242007TV Series documentaryHimself
The Who: Music in Review - The Moon Years2006Video documentary
Wingspan2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Hellraisers2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Behind the Music1998TV Series documentaryHimself
VH1 Legends1997TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
The Beatles Anthology1996TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself (The Who)
Top of the Pops 21995TV SeriesHimself
The Who: Thirty Years of Maximum R&B1994TV Movie documentaryHimself
Ein Leben als Extravaganza - Das Genie Frank Zappa1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
X-Large1989TV Series documentaryHimself
The True Story of Frank Zappa's 200 Motels1988Video documentaryHimself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rock 'N' Roll Goldmine: The Sixties1986Documentary shortHimself (The Who)
Ready Steady Go, Volume 21985DocumentaryHimself (The Who)
Video from Hell1985VideoHimself
Ready Steady Go, Volume 11983DocumentaryHimself (as The Who)
Top of the Pops1978TV SeriesHimself - Member: The Who
2nd House1974TV SeriesHimself - The Who
Beat-Club1966-1967TV SeriesHimself - Musician
Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words2016DocumentaryThe Hot Nun
The Beatles: 12015VideoHimself (segment "All You Need Is Love") (uncredited)
Get All That, Ant?2015Documentary
It's Only Rock 'n' Roll: Rock 'n' Roll at the BBC2015TV MovieHimself (as The Who)
Pop Gold2015TV Mini-SeriesHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Who: The Making of Tommy2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Quadrophenia: Can You See the Real Me?2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Who: Quadrophenia - The Complete Story2012Himself - Drummer
Pearl Jam Twenty2011DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
When Rock Goes Acoustic2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Let's Spend the Night Together2010DocumentaryHimself

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#Quote
1I'm not tempted to quit now like I was when we where having our internal troubles. I'd be mad to, wouldn't I? Said in an interview concerning him, possibly, leaving The Who October 1966.
2They're always saying I'm a capitalistic pig. I suppose I am. But ... it's good for my drumming.
3At heart I cannot accept that I am a well-known rock 'n' roll star and one of the greatest drummers in the world. I can't believe that person on the television is really me. The Keith Moon the public knows is a myth, even if I have created him. The real me is the person who sits at home having a cup of tea with his old lady, Annette. The hotel smashing is one way I get relief from the public image. I have no temper. I do it in a spirit of amusment [sic] rather than anger. When I've done damage to a friend's house I come back sheepishly the next day and offer to put things right, which means I'm willing to foot the bill.
4You know, if I ever stopped laughing inside and quit believing in people then I would get very hurt and totally disillusioned. You have to treat everything - even if at that time it seems like a right bummer
  • as a good experience. There are things that have happened to me that
have made me wonder where I went wrong . . . things of a personal nature, like my relationship with my wife. They're the things that make you think most, because one is far more deeply involved.
5I love to see people laugh and I love it more if I can make them laugh. I think this comes across in my drumming. I watch a lot of The Marx Brothers' movies and they were doing the same sort of things. You've seen the way [Chico Marx] plays the piano with that certain flair . . . adding something to the music while taking liberties within his own capabilities? It's a question of taking somebody else's music but not sending it up in a derogative sense, just injecting your own personality. [Pete Townshend]'s music allows me to do this.

#Trademark
1Bowl Haircut
2Extremely destructive personality even off-stage, often at the expense of hotel rooms
3Wild drum playing and subsequent destruction of his kit when performing live.

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