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Grateful Dead: 50 things you need to know about the iconic band
1. Peninsula pride: Although most often associated with San Francisco, the group actually got its start in Palo Alto and performed its first show at a pizza parlor in Menlo Park on May 5, 1965.
2. Not Dead yet: The band, featuring Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Bill Kreutzmann and eventually Phil Lesh, originally performed under the name The Warlocks.
3. Strange coincidence: Yeah, it’s freaky to think that Lou Reed and his band were also using the name The Warlocks at the same time, before becoming the Velvet Underground.
4. Meet Mother McCree: Garcia, Weir and Pigpen had previously played together in Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions. A 1964 recording of the Palo Alto jug band was released by Grateful Dead Records in 1999.
5. New name: Garcia stumbled across a perfect band name — Grateful Dead — while thumbing through a folklore dictionary.
6. Show No. 1: The newly named Grateful Dead performed its first gig on Dec. 4, 1965, at a house near the San Jose Civic Auditorium, where the Rolling Stones were playing that same evening
7. Passing the Test: That inaugural outing came during one of author Ken Kesey’s first “Acid Tests.” The Grateful Dead basically became the house band for Kesey’s LSD-inspired get-togethers, which are so amazingly described in Tom Wolfe’s 1968 book, “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.”
8. Acid rock: One of the important things to come out of those Acid Tests for the Grateful Dead was a partnership with famed LSD manufacturer Owsley Stanley, who’d go on to finance, produce, record and do pioneering sound work for the band.
The Long Strange Trip
9. Summer of Love: The Dead were the most famous residents of Haight-Ashbury, living just a few doors up from that intersection. We’ll let you Google the address, if you must.
10. Busted: The band’s Haight-Ashbury pad was the scene of a high-profile drug bust in late 1967, which drew the above-the-masthead, front-page, all-caps headline, “ROCK BAND BUSTED,” in the San Francisco Chronicle.
11. Remembering Pigpen: Some of the newer fans might not be familiar with McKernan, who died at age 27 in 1973. Yet there was a time when this marvelous blues singer, who also played harmonica and keyboards, was practically the face of the franchise.
12. Who’s McGannahan Skjellyfetti?: That was the authorial pseudonym used to credit the group-written compositions, such as “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion).”
13. Steal Your Face: Owsley Stanley — the LSD icon who was known as “Bear” in the Dead community — is widely credited for helping to design the band’s “Steal Your Face” (lightning bolt on skull) logo.
14. What’s on your T-shirt?: The Dead built its brand with the use of so many iconic images, from dancing terrapins and patriotic skeletons to skulls and roses to “dancing” bears.”
15. Marching bears: The Dead’s famed multicolored “dancing” bears first appeared in the artwork for 1973’s “History of the Grateful Dead, Volume One (Bear’s Choice).” Yet, according to legend, the bears were supposed to be marching, not dancing.
16. MBA in rock: “Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead: What Every Business Can Learn from the Most Iconic Band in History” (by David Meerman Scott and Brian Halligan) and “Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons from a Long, Strange Trip” (by Barry Barnes) are real business books.
17. Roll with it: The Grateful Dead was enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
18. Grammys won: Zero.
19. Except “: The band did earn a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007.
20. Helping hand: Founded by the Dead in 1983, the nonprofit Rex Foundation has donated approximately $10 million to organizations that work in the areas of the environment, human rights, education, social services and the arts.
21. Shows played: 2,317
22. Number of songs performed in concert: 36,086
In the studio
23. They made albums?: The Dead wasn’t just all about the live show. In between its frequent touring, the band found time to craft 13 studio albums, starting with its eponymous debut in 1967 and continuing through “Built to Last” in 1989.
24. Some were gems: If you want to hear just how good the Grateful Dead could be in the studio, check out the two 1970 offerings — “Workingman’s Dead” and “American Beauty” — which are widely, and rightfully, regarded as classics.
25. Some weren’t: If you want to hear just how mediocre (or worse) the band could be in the studio, check out the late ’70s outings — “Shakedown Street” and “Terrapin Station.” They’ll help you understand why Deadheads prefer to listen to concert recordings.
26. Record sales: The Dead was never a commercial juggernaut on the charts. Yet, longevity has its own rewards — and several of the group’s albums have been certified platinum or better. The top-seller is the triple-platinum collection “Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead” (1974).
27. In harmony: The Dead members were capable of doing some lovely harmony vocal work, especially on the two aforementioned classics from 1970. Reportedly, the Dead spent time listening to Crosby, Stills & Nash for inspiration.
28. Top of the charts (finally): More than 20 years into its career, the Dead hit the Top 10 on the album charts with 1987’s “In the Dark.”
29. Where’s the hit single?: The Dead simply couldn’t find its way to the Top 40 singles charts for most of its career. “Eyes of the World,” “Casey Jones,” “Shakedown Street” and so many other now-classic cuts flopped on the charts.
30. The one big exception: The 1987 single “Touch of Grey” was the band’s first and only Top 40 offering, hitting No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100.
31. Touch of irony: Even though the Dead was best known, by far, as a live act, it was the single “Touch of Grey” that sparked a resurgence of interest in the band in the late ’80s.
32. Lights out: Yes, a portion of the “In the Dark” sessions was actually recorded in the dark. But it never made onto the actual album.
33. More than Jerry?: Do you know who Brent Mydland is? The fourth and longest-tenured of the Dead keyboardists, he dominated the band’s last studio effort, “Built to Last.” He sang four of the album’s nine tracks, with Garcia handling three and Weir crooning two. Mydland died less than a year after the album’s release.
Spotlight on Garcia
34. Kern connection: Jerome John “Jerry” Garcia was named after legendary American composer Jerome Kern, who crafted such classics as “Ol’ Man River,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “The Way You Look Tonight.”
35. Early accident: In 1947, young Garcia lost most of the middle finger on his right hand in a wood-chopping accident. His handprint, with the mostly missing finger, would become a signature logo.
36. Army training: Garcia enlisted in the Army at age 17 in 1960. He was discharged a few months later, reportedly due to “lack of suitability to the military lifestyle.”
37. Not just a rocker: The future rock legend worked the Bay Area’s bluegrass, folk and old-timey music scenes during the early ’60s.
38. Beyond the guitar: Garcia was accomplished on the banjo, an instrument he first picked up as a child.
39. Renaissance man: Garcia was also a prolific artist, whose paintings and sketches can be seen in the book “Harrington Street,” in galleries (including the Garcia Weir Gallery, www.garciaweirgallery.com) and even on ties.
40. Jerry the Sideman: Garcia is featured on a number of artists’ records, including Jefferson Airplane’s “Surrealistic Pillow,” CSNY’s “Deja Vu,” Warren Zevon’s “Transverse City” and Ornette Coleman’s “Virgin Beauty.”
41. But not this one: Contrary to popular belief, that’s not Garcia playing guitar on the 1988 Edie Brickell smash “What I Am” — it’s just someone doing a solid impersonation.
42. Versatile player: “He played blues but mixed it with bluegrass and Ravi Shankar. He had country and Spanish in there. There was a lot of Chet Atkins in him ” So says guitar-great Carlos Santana, describing Jerry Garcia’s playing in Rolling Stone magazine.
43. Tasty licks: In 1987, Ben & Jerry’s unleashed Cherry Garcia ice cream on the world.
The Other Ones
44. Not just all about that bass: Many regard Phil Lesh as one of rock’s greatest bassists, yet he came into the band as a classically trained trumpeter and had reportedly never previously played bass.
45. The missing Dead album: Bob Weir’s first “solo” album was really solo in name only. Released in 1972, “Ace” featured every member of the Dead except Pigpen.
46. “Apocalypse Now”: Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, working alongside other musicians in an ensemble dubbed The Rhythm Devils, provided some of the music for Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark 1979 film.
47. Grateful decision: After Garcia died in 1995, the remaining band members rightfully retired the Grateful Dead title. Yet, many of them would continue to play together under different names, including Furthur, The Dead and — you guessed it — The Other Ones.
48. What’s in a name?: Furthur — with the double “u” — is taken from the famed bus of the same name, used by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. The Other Ones references “That’s It for the Other One,” the lead track from the Grateful Dead’s second studio release, “Anthem of the Sun.”
49. At the Crossroads: Lesh opened the music venue/restaurant, Terrapin Crossroads, in San Rafael in 2011. The bassist/proprietor will also occasionally take the stage there.
50. Wordsmith: Robert Hunter didn’t actually play in the Dead, but, as the band’s primary lyricist, he had as much to do with its success as anyone.