Real Name:
Ronald C. McKernan
Profile:
September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973

McKernan was born in San Bruno, California to an R&B DJ. He became a fixture on the San Francisco coffee house scene that spawned the Grateful Dead and their contemporaries, going on to play in every recording incarnation of the band. Over the years Pigpen contributed vocals, Hammond organ, harmonica, percussion and some guitar. His heavy drinking led to severe health problems beginning in 1970, which forced him to perform only intermittently. He joined the band on the Europe '72 tour but had to quit touring upon returning home. He died of a gastrointestinal hemorrhage the following Spring.
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Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - The Grateful Dead album art The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead - The Grateful Dead (Album) Warner Bros. Records UK 1967 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Live/Dead album art The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead - Live/Dead (Album) Warner Bros. - Seven Arts Records Japan 1969 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Vintage Dead album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Vintage Dead (Album) Sunflower (11), Sunflower (11) US 1970 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - American Beauty album art The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead - American Beauty (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records New Zealand 1970 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Grateful Dead album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Grateful Dead (Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records Japan 1971 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Europe '72 album art The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead - Europe '72 (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1972 Sell This Version
2612 020 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Vintage Dead / Historic Dead album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Vintage Dead / Historic Dead(2xLP, Comp) Sunflower (11), Polydor 2612 020 New Zealand 1972 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - History Of The Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice) album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - History Of The Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice) (Album) Warner Bros. Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Live At Shrine Auditorium album art The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead - Live At Shrine Auditorium Koiné Records Italy 1988 Sell This Version
K881103 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Live At Shrine Auditorium Vol. II album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Live At Shrine Auditorium Vol. II(CD, Unofficial) Koiné Records K881103 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
WBR CD 891006/7 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - The Psychedelic Bus album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - The Psychedelic Bus(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Wild Bird Records WBR CD 891006/7 Italy 1989 Sell This Version
LR01, 01 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Timeless Beauty album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Timeless Beauty(CD, Unofficial) Lost Rose, Lost Rose LR01, 01 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
GZCD 1012 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Houston, 1972 album art The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead - Houston, 1972(CD, Ltd, Unofficial) Rarities & Few GZCD 1012 Italy 1990 Sell This Version
DIR - 20 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Live In Rochester 1970 album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Live In Rochester 1970(CD, RM, Unofficial) Armando Curcio Editore DIR - 20 Italy 1991 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Two From The Vault album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Two From The Vault (Album) Grateful Dead Records Germany 1992 Sell This Version
9340.22 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - The Shrine Auditorium 1967 album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - The Shrine Auditorium 1967(2xCD, Unofficial + Box, Ltd, Num) Aulica De Luxe 9340.22 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
930180 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - The Greatest Hits - Vol. I album art Various Out In The Cold Rain And Snow (as Ron McKernan) Various - The Greatest Hits - Vol. I(2xCD, Comp, Unofficial) Nota Blu 930180 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
930184 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - The Greatest Hits - Vol. V album art Various I've Got A Friend (as Ron McKernan) Various - The Greatest Hits - Vol. V(2xCD, Comp, Unofficial) Nota Blu 930184 Italy 1993 Sell This Version
215-15-28 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Live At The Ice Palace album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Live At The Ice Palace(CD, Unofficial) Haight Street Records 215-15-28 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
215-15-27/26 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Psound Psychle album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Psound Psychle(2xCD, Unofficial) Haight Street Records 215-15-27/26 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Hundred Year Hall album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Hundred Year Hall (Album) Grateful Dead Records Germany 1995 Sell This Version
BIG 100·01 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - The Dead Don't Have No Mercy album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - The Dead Don't Have No Mercy(2xCD, Unofficial) Big Music BIG 100·01 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
195-GD-16-06 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Standing On The Corner album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Standing On The Corner(CD, Unofficial) Haight Street Records 195-GD-16-06 Italy 1995 Sell This Version
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Dick's Picks Volume Four: Fillmore East 2/13-14/70 album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Dick's Picks Volume Four: Fillmore East 2/13-14/70 (Album) Grateful Dead Records US 1996 Sell This Version
96-08-1014 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Mojo album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Mojo(CD, Unofficial) Haight Street Records 96-08-1014 1996 Sell This Version