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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Reflecting on the Great Jerry Garcia on What Would Have Been His 75th Birthday

Guitarist, singer, and songwriter Jerry Garcia was best known as a founding member of the Grateful Dead, the rock band for which he served as de facto leader for 30 years, from 1965 until his death in 1995. Concurrently for much of that time, he also led his own Jerry Garcia Band (JGB), and he performed and recorded in a variety of configurations and a variety of styles, particularly styles of folk and country music, sometimes switching to banjo or pedal steel guitar for the purpose.
But the Grateful Dead remained his primary musical outlet, and he performed thousands of concerts with them and appeared on dozens of their albums (many of them live recordings), 28 of which reached the Billboard charts during his lifetime, including the million-sellers Workingman's DeadAmerican BeautyEurope '72Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful DeadWhat a Long Strange Trip It's Been: The Best of the Grateful Dead, and In the Dark, and another eight that went gold.

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