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Jerry Garcia

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Jerome John Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician, best known for being a principal songwriter, the lead guitarist and a vocalist with the rock band Grateful Dead, of which he was a founding member and which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s. Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader of the band. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 as a member of the Grateful Dead.

As one of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career (1965–1995). Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders–Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old & In the Way, the Garcia/Grisman and Garcia/Kahn acoustic duos, Legion of Mary, and New Riders of the Purple Sage (which he co-founded with John Dawson and David Nelson). He also released several solo albums, and contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing, and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story in 2003. In the 2015 version of the list he was ranked at #46.Garcia was also renowned for his musical and technical ability, particularly his ability to play a variety of instruments and sustain long improvisations with the Grateful Dead. Garcia believed that improvisation took stress away from his playing and allowed him to make spur of the moment decisions that he would not have made intentionally. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Garcia noted that "my own preferences are for improvisation, for making it up as I go along. The idea of picking, of eliminating possibilities by deciding, that's difficult for me". Originating from the days of the "acid tests", these improvisations were a form of exploration rather than playing a song already written.Later in life, Garcia struggled with diabetes and in 1986, went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. Although his overall health improved somewhat after that, he continued to struggle with obesity, smoking, and longstanding heroin and cocaine addictions. He was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack on August 9, 1995, at the age of 53.

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November 19, 2021

Jonah Hill to Star as Jerry Garcia in Grateful Dead Movie From Martin Scorsese

Hill previously worked with the director on 'The Wolf of Wall Street.'

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November 18, 2021

Jonah Hill to Play Jerry Garcia in Martin Scorsese’s New Grateful Dead Biopic

The Dead’s Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann are among the executive producers of the Apple Original Film

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October 17, 2021

Elvis and Jerry Garcia Band drummer Ronnie Tutt has died

The Dallas-born drummer was also a coveted touring and session musician The post Elvis and Jerry Garcia Band drummer Ronnie Tutt has died appeared first on NME.

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October 17, 2021

Ronnie Tutt, Drummer for Elvis Presley’s TCB Band, Dies at 83

A prolific live performer and session musician, Tutt also worked with Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Jerry Garcia, and many others in his six-decade career

pitchfork.com

October 17, 2021

Ronnie Tutt, Drummer for Elvis Presley and the Jerry Garcia Band, Dead at 83

In-demand musician also played on Billy Joel's hit "Piano Man," Buckingham Nicks and Gram Parsons' solo LPs

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July 19, 2021

Digital Art Made By Jerry Garcia in His Final Days Hits NFT Market

The collection includes 20 digital art pieces by the Grateful Dead frontman, including three rare works he is believed to have created in his final days.

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Discs

GarciaLive Volume 18: November 2nd, 1974 Keystone Berkeley

June 10, 2022

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Valdez in the Country (Live)

June 7, 2022

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The Harder They Come (Live)

May 18, 2022

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You Can Leave Your Hat On (Live)

April 27, 2022

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Front Street Outtakes

January 5, 2021

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GarciaLive Volume 15: May 21st, 1971 Keystone Korner

December 4, 2020

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I Was Made to Love Her (Live)

December 1, 2020

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Keystone Korner Jam (Live)

November 10, 2020

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The Wall Song (Live)

October 21, 2020

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GarciaLive Volume 14: January 27th, 1986 The Ritz

July 24, 2020

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When I Paint My Masterpiece (Live)

July 7, 2020

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Ripple (Live)

June 18, 2020

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Ripple

August 1, 2018

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Salt Creek (Live)

May 4, 2018

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Legend of the Johnson Boys (Live)

May 4, 2018

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Trouble in Mind (Live)

April 24, 2018

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All My Trials (Live)

April 24, 2018

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Raw Hide (Live)

April 13, 2018

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Deep Elem Blues (Live)

April 13, 2018

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Who Will Sing For Me? (Live)

March 30, 2018

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Man of Constant Sorrow (Live)

March 30, 2018

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Rosa Lee McFall (Live)

March 8, 2018

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Folk Time

November 11, 2016

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Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings

January 1, 2012

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The Pizza Tapes Extra Large Edition

January 4, 2011

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Been All Around This World

April 27, 2004

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Grateful Dawg The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

September 11, 2001

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Space Funk (Live)

October 1, 1998

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All for Life (Live)

October 1, 1998

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Side Trips: Volume One (Live)

October 1, 1998

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So What

August 18, 1998

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Shady Grove

October 29, 1996

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Not For Kids Only

October 1, 1993

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Jerry Garcia & David Grisman

August 1, 1991

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Pure Jerry: Marin Veteran's Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, California, February 28, 1986

January 1, 1986

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Run for the Roses (Expanded)

November 15, 1982

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Run for the Roses (2018 Remaster)

November 1, 1982

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Reflections (Expanded)

February 15, 1976

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Garcia (Compliments) (Expanded)

June 15, 1974

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Garcia (Expanded)

January 20, 1972

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Garcia

January 20, 1972

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Hooteroll? +2

January 1, 1972

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