On This Day

The Grateful Dead in History

Events in Music

  • 1967-09-29 Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead & plays the Straightater
  • 1967-10-02 All Grateful Dead members arrested by narcotic agents for possession of marijuana in San Francisco, California

Music History

1968-08-03 100,000 attend two-day Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California; performers included Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, The Chambers Brothers, Country Joe and the Fish, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, Tiny Tim, The Animals, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and The Byrds

Woodstock Music and Art Fair

1969-08-16 Second day of the Woodstock Festival in Bethel, New York; performers include Santana, John Sebastian; Mountain, Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Sly and the Family Stone, The Who, and Jefferson Airplane

  • 1970-01-31 Grateful Dead members and entourage busted, down on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana on LSD charges [1]
  • 1970-05-23 Grateful Dead's 1st performance outside US, as part of 'The Hollywood Rock Music Festival', in Newcastle under Lyme, England

Music History

1970-06-27 Festival Express opens in Toronto, Canada - The Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Flying Burrito Bros, Buddy Guy, Great Speckled Bird, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends cross Canada together by train, for 5 shows in 3 cities

  • 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

Music History

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

  • 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

Hall of Fame

1994-01-19 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees: The Animals; The Band; Duane Eddy; The Grateful Dead; Elton John; John Lennon; Bob Marley; Rod Stewart; Willie Dixon; and Johnny Otis

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 - "Box of Rain"), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1940-06-17 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams" ), born in Houlton, Maine (d. 2008)
  • 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 (Grateful Dead - "Box Of Rain"; "Ripple"; "Friend Of The Devil"; "Truckin'"), and singer-songwriter, born in Arroyo Grande, California (d. 2019)
  • 1942-04-03 Herbie Greene, American photographer best known for his portraits for rock and roll luminaries (The Grateful Dead), born in Indio, California

Jerry Garcia

1942-08-01 Jerry Garcia, American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, born in San Francisco, California (d. 1995)

Robert Crumb

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

  • 1943-09-11 Mickey Hart, American drummer (Grateful Dead; Planet Drum), 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)
  • 1945-05-12 Keith Olsen, American rock record producer and sound engineer (Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station; Joe Walsh - The Confessor), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota (d. 2020)
  • 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 (Grateful Dead - "Estimated Prophet"; "I Need A Miracle"; "Cassidy"), essayist, internet pioneer, and activist, 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, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), born in Seattle, Washington (d. 1980)
  • 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

Jerry Garcia

1981-12-31 Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia (38) weds Carolyn "Mountain Girl" Adams (35); divorce in 1994

  • 1994-02-14 Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia (51) weds Deborah Koons (40) in Tiburon, California
  • 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
  • 1980-07-23 Keith Godchaux, American pianist, and singer (Grateful Dead, 1971-79 - "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away"), dies in a car accident at 32
  • 1990-07-26 Brent Mydland, American rock keyboardist and vocalist (Grateful Dead - "Hell In A Bucket"; "I Will Take You Home"), dies of a cocaine and morphine "speedball" 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

Jerry Garcia

1995-08-09 Jerry Garcia, American rock and bluegrass guitarist, singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead - "Uncle John's Band"; "Ripple"; "Brokedown Palace"), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 53

  • 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 - "Tak To Ya Later"; Grateful Dead, 1990-95), 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
  • 2008-06-01 Alton Kelley, American graphic artist, known for concert posters and album cover art (Grateful Dead -"Workingman's Dead"; Steve Miller Band - "Book of Dreams" ), dies at 67
  • 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 (Grateful Dead - "Estimated Prophet"; "I Need A Miracle"; "Cassidy"), essayist, internet pioneer, and activist,, dies at 70
  • 2019-09-23 Robert Hunter, American lyricist and singer-songwriter (Grateful Dead), dies at 78
  • 2020-03-09 Keith Olsen, American rock record producer and sound engineer (Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac; Grateful Dead - Terrapin Station; Joe Walsh - The Confessor), dies of cardiac arrest at 74