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Name: Keith Moon                                                                     
Birth name: Keith John Moon                                                         
Also known as Moon the Loon, Moonie, Uncle Ernie                                     
Born: 23 August 1946 Harlesden, London, England                                     
Died: 7 September 1978 London, England                                               
Keith John Moon (August 23, 1946 - September 7, 1978) was the drummer of the         
rock group The Who. He gained notoriety for his exuberant drumming style and his     
destructive lifestyle. Moon joined The Who in 1964, replacing Doug Sandom. 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.                                 
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.