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Best drummer ever?

If Keith Moon were still alive, he would have turned 65 this week. And while many argue that Moon was one of the best drummers ever (and I would be among them), most every one would agree that he was the maddest drummer out there. And by mad, I mean crazy. There's the legendary story of Moon adding extra explosives to the special effects for an appearance on the Smothers Brothers show, knocking out 90 percent of Pete Townshend's hearing in one ear. And the other story of him driving a Cadillac into a Holiday Inn swimming pool to celebrate his 21st birthday. Moon definitely added a sense of humor to the Who, something that was clearly missed after his death. Not that I necessarily think causing deafness or criminal damage to property is funny, but there was just always something a little cheeky about him. (Get it? Moon? Cheeky?) I bet he spent a lot of time in the headmaster's office during his school days. Here's the famous Smothers Brothers clip: Check out how rubbery Keith's arms seem to be! This is from an episode of  Shindig. Amazing!

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