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Ronald C. "Pigpen" McKernan
Birth: Sep. 8, 1945
Death: Mar. 6, 1973

Musician. Born in San Bruno, California, he was a vocalist, organist and harmonica player best known for being a member of The Grateful Dead. In the mid 1960s, he with musicians Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, formed the band The Grateful Dead and released their self-titled album on the Warner Bros. label in 1967. With the Dead, he recorded songs to include "Katie Mae", "Hard to Handle", "Midnight Hour", "Death Don't Have No Mercy" and "Bring Me My Shotgun". After the Dead toured Europe in 1972, he could no longer tour with the band due to health problems. He died from a stomach hemorrhage in Corte Madera, California. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Frank J McKernan (1891 - 1949)
  Alice McKernan (1894 - 1973)
 
Burial:
Alta Mesa Memorial Park
Palo Alto
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Plot: Hillview Sec.Bb16 Lot 374
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Ronald C. Pigpen McKernan
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