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Moondog Gender: M
Louis Thomas Hardin
born on 26 May 1916 at 15:00 (= 3:00 PM )
Place Marysville, Kansas, 39n50, 96w39
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 05°14' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 08°09 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 09°57'

Moondog (tomb bust)
photo: HAL-Guandu, license gfdl


American musician, composer, theoretician, poet and inventor of several musical instruments. He was blind from the age of 16. By 1947, Hardin had adopted the name "Moondog" in honor of a dog "who used to howl at the moon more than any dog I knew of".

Hardin lived in New York City from the late 1940s until 1972, and during this time he could often be found on 6th Avenue, between 52nd and 55th Streets, wearing a cloak and a horned helmet sometimes busking or selling music, but often just standing silently on the sidewalk. He was widely recognized as "the Viking of 6th Avenue" by thousands of passersby and residents who were not aware of his musical career.

Along with his passion for Nordic culture, Moondog had an idealised view of Germany ("The Holy Land with the Holy River" — the Rhine), where he settled in 1974. On 8 September 1999 he died in Münster from heart failure at age 83.


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes birth report, The Marysville Advocate (Marysville, Kansas), Thursday 1 June 1916, page 3, "born Friday afternoon." A time of 3pm is speculative.


  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Fatal)
  • Diagnoses : Body Part Problems : Eyes (Blind)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (USA to Germany)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Heart failure)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Composer/ Arranger
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Instrumentalist (Percussionist)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Jazz
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Other Entertain/Music (Busker)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Inventor of musical instruments)