Ronald Charles McKernan, nicknamed "Pigpen" (September 8, 1945 – March 8, 1973), was a founding member of the Grateful Dead. McKernan sang, and played organ and harmonica. He contributed a blues element to the group, regularly performing such songs as "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl", "Easy Wind", and his trademark song "Turn On Your Love Light"—a Bobby Bland cover that served as the finale for many Grateful Dead concerts.
A heavy drinker since his teenage years, McKernan was diagnosed with liver damage in 1970, which eventually forced him to stop touring in 1972. He died the next year at age 27. In 1994, McKernan was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with the other members of the Grateful Dead.Continue reading at Wikipedia... Wikipedia content provided under the terms of the Creative Commons BY-SA license