Grateful Dead

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Grateful Dead

Grateful Dead, ca. 1970
Background information
Also known as The Warlocks, The Dead
Origin San Francisco, California, USA
Genres Rock
Years active 1965–1995
Labels Warner Bros. (1966–1972)
Grateful Dead (1973–1976)
Arista (1977–1989)
Rhino (Remasters) (2001–present)
Associated acts Jerry Garcia Band
Phil Lesh and Friends
Ratdog
The Other Ones
The Dead
Rhythm Devils
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Bobby and the Midnites
Bruce Hornsby
Legion of Mary
Website Dead.net
Past members
Jerry Garcia
Bob Weir
Phil Lesh
Bill Kreutzmann
Ron "Pigpen" McKernan
Mickey Hart
Tom Constanten
Keith Godchaux
Donna Godchaux
Brent Mydland
Vince Welnick

The Grateful Dead is a "jam band" who formed in San Francisco, California United States in the 1960s. They are known for their stage shows, and devoted followers called "Deadheads". The band and their music are often associated with the hippie and drug cultures. Their style was mainly considered psychedelic rock, but they also used many different types of music like blues, folk music, bluegrass music and country music as well. They are also known for their logos and symbols which include skeletons and dancing bears.

They were named number 57 on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. Their albums have sold 35 million copies around the world and they have played for 25 million people, more than any other band.

The group were together from 1965 to 1995, when Jerry Garcia, the group's lead guitarist and singer, who was seen by many people as the group's leader, died. The other members were Bob Weir (guitar and singing), Phil Lesh (bass guitar), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, and singing) and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). All of these members were in the group the entire time, they were together, except for McKernan who died in 1973. Other main members of the band were Mickey Hart (drums 1967 to 1971 and 1974 to 1995), Keith Godchaux (keyboards 1971 to 1979), his wife Donna Godchaux (singing 1972 to 1979), Brent Mydland (keyboards 1979 to 1990), and Vince Welnick (keyboards 1990 to 1995).

The group was known for their stage shows, which included improvising or "jamming" with their song and instruments, some Deadheads have recorded and collected many of these shows on tape.