Ron "Pigpen" McKernan

Ronald C. McKernan

Also known as McKernan, McKernen, Pig Pen, Pig Pen (Ron McKernan), Pigpen, Pigpen (Ron McKernan), R. "Pigpen" McKernan, R. McKernan, Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan, Ron (Pigpen) McKernan, Ron „Pig Pen” McKernan, Ron «Pigpen» McKernan, Ron McKernan, Ron McKernan (Pig Pen), Ron McKernan (Pigpen), Roy Mc Kernan

Discography of Ron "Pigpen" McKernan:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Bring Me My Shotgun 9 Audio Brigand Records
2 Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions - Live At The Top Of The Tangent, 1964 18 Audio 1999 Grateful Dead Records
3 Ain't It Crazy 10 Audio 1995 Haight Street Records
4 Bring Me My Shotgun 16 Audio 1995 Capricorn Records (2)


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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