Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan

Real Name:
Ronald C. McKernan
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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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Vocals

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Live/Dead album art The Grateful Dead The Grateful Dead - Live/Dead (Album) SomeWax Recordings Russia 2001 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Ron "Pigpen" McKernan - Vintage Dead album art Grateful Dead* Grateful Dead* - Vintage Dead (Album) Sunflower (11), Sunflower (11) US 1970 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 - 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 UK 1996 Sell This Version