b. 23 August 1946, Willesden, London, England, d. 7 September 1978, London, England. As the unpredictable, madcap drummer in the Who, Keith Moon cultivated a reputation as one of rock’s great characters. His devil-may-care propulsiveness was always apparent in a drumming technique which eschewed conventional rhythm and goaded fellow instrumentalists into equally powerhouse retorts. His talent enhances the cream of the Who’s output, including ‘The Ox’ (1965), ‘I Can See For Miles’ (1967) and ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’ (1971) while his quirky compositions for the band included ‘I Need You’, ‘Waspman’, ‘Cobwebs And Strange’ and ‘Tommy’s Holiday Camp’. A life-long fan of surf music, Moon also inspired the Beach Boys / Jan And Dean selections on the 1966 EP Ready Steady Who. This particular fascination was also apparent on the drummer’s lone solo album, Two Sides Of The Moon, which included a cover version of Brian Wilson’s ‘Don’t Worry Baby’. The set featured material by John Lennon, Harry Nilsson and the Who, but a supporting cast drawn from the Los Angeles music fraternity failed to conceal a fatal self-indulgence.
From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.