The Grateful Dead in History

Events in Music

  • 1967-09-29 Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead & plays the Straightater
  • 1967-10-02 Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents
  • 1970-01-31 Grateful Dead members busted on LSD charges
  • 1970-05-23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US (England)
  • 1971-05-30 36 hospitalized during Grateful Dead concert; drunk LSD apple juice
  • 1973-01-14 Grateful Dead bass player, Phil Lesh, busted on drugs in California

Event of interestEvent of Interest

1973-03-27 Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead) stopped for speeding and LSD possession

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 1978-09-16 Grateful Dead perform in Cairo, Egypt
  • 1980-07-02 Grateful Dead's Bob Weir and Mickey Hart are arrested for incitement
  • 1986-08-01 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia is released from hospital after a 3 week coma
  • 1995-12-07 American rock band The Grateful Dead break up

Birthdays in Music

  • 1932-03-07 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), born in Glendale, California (d. 2006)
  • 1935-01-19 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, born in Kentucky (d. 2011)
  • 1940-03-15 Phil Lesh [Chapman], American rock bassist (Grateful Dead), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-10-10 Mouse [Stanley Miller] American artist, notable for psychedelic rock concert poster designs and album art (Grateful Dead; Journey), born in Fresno, California
  • 1941-06-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), born in Arroyo Grande, California (d. 2019)
  • 1942-04-03 Herb “Herbie” Greene, American photographer best known for his portraits for rock and roll luminaries (The Grateful Dead), born in Indio, California

Person of interestJerry Garcia

1942-08-01 Jerry Garcia, American rock musician (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia

Person of interestRobert Crumb

1943-08-30 Robert Crumb, American cartoonist (Father Time, Fritz Cat) and album cover artist (Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cartoonist Robert Crumb
Cartoonist
Robert Crumb
  • 1943-09-11 Mickey Hart, American drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1944-03-19 Tom Constanten, American rock keyboardist (Grateful Dead, 1968-70 - Aoxomoxoa), born in Long Branch, New Jersey
  • 1944-06-18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), born in Palos Verdes, California (d. 1991)
  • 1945-04-19 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), born in Pendleton, Oregon (d. 2006)
  • 1945-09-08 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead), born in San Bruno, California (d. 1973)
  • 1946-05-07 Bill Kreutzmann, American rock drummer (Grateful Dead), born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1947-08-22 Donna Godchaux, American singer (Grateful Dead, 1972-79), born in Florence, Alabama
  • 1947-10-03 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead - "Eyes Of The World"), born near Cora, Wyoming (d. 2018)
  • 1947-10-16 Bob Weir, American guitarist and singer (Grateful Dead - "I Need A Miracle", "Sugar Magnolia"; RatDog; Dead & Company), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1948-07-19 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1979)
  • 1949-08-16 Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, American rock guitarist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"), born in Phoenix, Arizona
  • 1951-02-21 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes - "Talk To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), born in Phoenix, Arizona (d. 2003)
  • 1952-10-21 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead, 1979-90), born in Munich, Germany (d. 1990)

Weddings in Music


LoveWedding of Interest

1994-02-14 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 1999-07-15 "Grateful Dead" guitarist Bob Weir (51) weds Natasha Muenter (31) in Mill Valley, California

Deaths in Music

  • 1973-03-08 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, American rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • 1979-07-23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead), dies of a drug overdose at 38
  • 1991-08-18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47

Person of interestJerry Garcia

1995-08-09 Jerry Garcia, American rock musician (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"), dies of a heart attack at 53

Rock Musician Jerry Garcia
Rock Musician
Jerry Garcia
  • 2006-05-17 Laurence Shurtliff [Ram Rod], American music executive and roadie (the Grateful Dead), dies at 61
  • 2006-06-02 Vince Welnick, American rock keyboardist (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), commits suicide at 55
  • 2006-08-05 Ed Thrasher, American Grammy Award-winning art director (Warner Brothers Records, 1964-79), and photographer (album art for Frank Sinatra; Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead), dies of cancer at 74
  • 2011-03-12 [Augustus] Owsley Stanley III, American audio engineer and LSD cook who worked with the Grateful Dead, dies in a car crash in Australia at 76
  • 2018-02-07 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist, essayist and activist (Grateful Dead - "Eyes Of The World"), dies at 70
  • 2019-09-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78