August 23, 1946 - September 7, 1978
"I'm fucking Keith Moon."
Keith and his Swedish girlfriend Annette Walter-Lax were living
in Harry Nilsson's flat in Curzon
Place, Mayfair, London.
The building address is number 9.
Previously, Moons friend "Mama" Cass Elliot had lived
and died in the flat. Yes, the same top floor flat, #12.
This is a pretty cool bunch of photographs of the interior of the flat.
It was owned by Harry Nilsson.
On the morning of September 7th, 1978, Keith woke up at 7:30
a.m., and watched
"The Abominable Dr. Phibes." Annette cooked him a steak, and he went back to
sleep. Annette crashed on the couch, as Keith snored a lot. At 3:40 p.m., she woke up, and
got spooked. It was too quiet. She tried waking Keith, but guess what? She phoned the
doctor, who then phoned an ambulance. She tried giving him mouth to mouth, with no
response. The ambulance came and tried jolting his heart, but that didn't work either.
Keith was dead at 32.
Keith was born in 1946. The death certificate is wrong. Turns out that Keith was taking
Heminevrin, a prescription drug used to combat alcoholism. He was given 100 tablets to be
administered as he pleased. He must have felt a hell of a binge coming up, coz he downed
32 of the things.
Keith's body was taken to Middlesex
Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
His death was ruled
The funeral took place on Wednesday, Sept 13, at Golders Green Crematorium,
which has snazzy new ovens.
Clapton, Charlie Watts and Bill
Wyman were among the 120 mourners that crammed the West Chapel.
Flowers were sent by various
Beatles, Stones, Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, The Moody Blues and Liz Taylor (kidding).
Roger Daltrey cried all through the service in the chapel.
He sent the coolest arrangement, a champagne
bottle embedded in a television set. Annette had a heartshaped bouquet of red roses placed
on the coffin. A wake was held at Hendon Hall.
Keith was cremated at Golders Green, and his ashes scattered in section 3P.
Trivia: Mr. Wacky once ran a guy over that pissed him off. It too was ruled accidental.
UPDATED May 2006: There was a riot
forming at a club he attended, and skinheads and other undesirables surrounded
the car. His driver and personal assistant, named Neil Boland, exited the
vehicle to try to clear a path for the car to get away. Moon got behind the
wheel, and tried to drive. He was drunk, and couldn't maneuver the car properly.
As well, he and the others in the were scared. When they got to the end of the
driveway, someone told him there was somebody under the car. When they looked,
they saw that Boland got pushed under the car, and in the confusion, nobody
noticed it right away. Boland's skull was crushed, and Moon never forgave
himself for it. Pam DesBarres said he thought of himself as a "murderous
bastard," and this haunted him for the rest of his life. He went to court,
and was acquitted, because it was a tragic accident.
MORE MARCH 2001 courtesy of
friend John Bennett:
picture was taken on 2/18/01.
I have a few others from different
angles- this one is from the Hilton Hotel yard.
I asked "Christian", the doorman at the Hilton, if he knew the history
of the brown flats on Curzon Lane. He was surprised but pleased to know. He told
me that the house across the street had belonged to a rich old lady who had
passed away about 1 year ago. Apparently her entire house is being torn down due
to some construction project. The Moon/Elliott house will remain intact- but
Curzon Lane as it existed is all torn up and blocked off at both ends. It is
still inhabited, but residents have to use an alternate access on the side
streets. The building itself has definitely seen much better days. British PM Benjamin Disraeli died in the building next door, and many
other famous people lived nearby, including Somerset Maugham and Beau Brummell.
I found it ironic that the Moon home was so close to all these hotels, and was
surprised that the building itself was so close to a major road- certainly it is
not hidden or inaccessible from view, it is right off Hyde Park and VERY easy to
Still more trivia: By a bizarre turn of events, Larry Hagman (from "I Dream Of
Jeannie") checked Keith into detox in 1974.
This just in, January 2004, from Findadeath
friend David H. Aron:
Scott, Just a quick tidbit about Keith. The original English release of
"Who Are You" featured Keith sitting proudly with the back of the chair facing
forward. "NOT TO BE TAKEN AWAY" is clearly written on the
chair. Of course, 3 months after the album's release, "the loon" was taken
away for good. Kind of weird....
Findadeath.com pal/contributor Kieran Smith
sends this terrific picture of the plaque finally erected at Golders
Green for Keith.
Another friend, Chris from Italy sends this last
ever taken of Keith alive.
The apartment that Cass Elliot and Keith Moon died in was owned at the time by singer Harry Nillson (Without You, The Point, Nillson Sings Newman, Nillson Schmillson and John Lennon friend). Harry also died prematurely of a heart attack in CA. I read that he was so freaked about the two deaths, he sold the place.
Bob / Minneapolis