The Greatful Dead was an famous American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.
The band was known for its unique and eclectic style, which fuses elements of country, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae,rock, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, space rock, for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams and for their committed fan base, known as "Deadheads."
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Here are some more interesting facts about the band which was rocking in 1960s.
- Jerry Garcia got that perfect band name - "Greatful Dead" while thumbing through a folklore dictionary.
- Jerry formed his first group, Bob and Jerry in 1961 with friend Robert Hunter. The duo only performed a few times under the name.
- Vice president Al Gore and his wife Tipper were both deadheads and gave Jerry a personal tour of the White house.
- After seeing The beetles film" A hard days Night" Jerry was inspired to change his jug band into a rock band. The number of shows played are 2,317 and number of songs performed in concert are 36,086.
- Their band's concert on August 27, 1972 in Veneta, Oregon, is considered to be one of the very best concerts in the band's long history.
- if you want to hear the just how good the Grateful Dead could be in the studio, check out these two "Workingman's Dead" and "American Beauty" which are widely considered as classics.
- To be more, their song "Truckin" is a U.S National treasure! Seriously in 1987 the United States Library of Congress recognized the classic Dead song as the national treasure.That ranks it in the same respect as the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Bill of Rights.
- Do you know the Ben & Jerry's "Cheery Garcia" Ice cream flavor was suggested by Dead fans.
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