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
The Other Ones
The Dead
Rhythm Devils
New Riders of the Purple Sage
Bobby and the Midnites
Bruce Hornsby
Legion of Mary
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". Jerry Garcia lead the band until he died in 1995. Then The Grateful Dead disband. But The rest of the band members made a new band called the Dead. The Grateful Dead logo was the dancing bears. Later to the skull and roses in a album called Steal your Face. The Grateful dead were around for 1965 to 1995. The first band name was the warlocks. In the late 60s the band went to Woodstock. The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in the San Francisco Bay Area.[1] The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock[2][3]—and for live performances of long musical improvisation.[1][4] "Their music," writes Lenny Kaye, "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists."[5] These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world."[6] They were ranked 57th in the issue The Greatest Artists of all Time by Rolling Stone magazine.[7]

The fans of the Grateful Dead, some of whom followed the band from concert to concert for years, are known as "Deadheads" and are known for their dedication to the band's music.[1][4] Many referred to the band simply as "the Dead."