16 Jun 2019
‘Dougal’ Butler, my life and times working for Keith Moon
For six years in the 1970s Peter ‘Dougal’ Butler worked for Keith Moon as his personal assistant. Or to be a little more precise, Dougal was Keith’s personal assistant, his butler, his nurse, his housekeeper, his man servant, chauffeur, batman, chamberlain and steward, co-conspirator, calming influence, valet and old retainer.
Dougal’s stories about his time with Keith are legendary. He began working for The Who as an 18-year-old Mod back in the mid-60s and after a stint as Who roadie and then chauffeur to John Entwistle, he begin working directly for Keith in September 1971.
And now Dougal is on the road himself giving a series of talks and kicking off with an appearance on Thursday 20th June at the Palace Drum Clinic in the Studio at the Palace Theatre in Redditch, Worcestershire. Tickets are £10 and the evening kicks off at 7.30pm. Tickets and further details can be found here.
It promises to be a really great night. Here’s Dougal and Keith in 1977.
And this, believe it or not, is Keith as a mad professor (left) with Dougal at the UCLA Film School in Los Angeles in 1977. What on earth were they up to? Well, you can find out on Thursday at the Palace Drum Clinic.
PS: If you can’t make it to Dougal’s talk in Redditch, we interviewed him for thewho.com back in 2016 at the Crown & Cushion, Keith’s old hotel in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, and the interview can be found in the fan club section of this site.