20 Facts About Grateful Dead

1. Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.

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2. Grateful Dead was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the rise of the counterculture of the 1960s.

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3. Lesh was the last member to join the Warlocks before they changed their name to the Grateful Dead; replacing Dana Morgan Jr.

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4. Grateful Dead began its career as the Warlocks, a group formed in early 1965 from the remnants of a Palo Alto, California jug band called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions.

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5. The band's first LP, The Grateful Dead, was released on Warner Brothers in 1967.

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6. Mickey Hart took time off from the Grateful Dead beginning in February 1971, owing to his father, an accountant, having absconded with the band's money, leaving Kreutzmann as the sole percussionist.

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7. In September 1975, the Grateful Dead released their eighth studio album, Blues for Allah.

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8. The Grateful Dead performed their final concert on July 9, 1995 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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9. The Grateful Dead toured the United States in 2003, 2004 and 2009.

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10. Grateful Dead formed during the era when bands such as the Beatles, the Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones were dominating the airwaves.

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11. Many of these groups began to look past the American roots music that the Grateful Dead drew inspiration from, and incorporated elements of progressive rock, hard rock, and electronica.

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12. Grateful Dead spent 35 years as principal lawyer and general counsel for the Grateful Dead, a position in the group that was so strong that his business cards with the band identified his role as "Czar".

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13. In 2006, the Grateful Dead signed a ten-year licensing agreement with Rhino Entertainment to manage the band's business interests including the release of musical recordings, merchandising, and marketing.

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14. Grateful Dead toured constantly throughout their career, playing more than 2,300 concerts.

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15. The Grateful Dead were known for the tremendous variation in their setlists from night to night—the list of songs documented to have been played by the band exceeds 500.

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16. We're more into transportation than we are into music, per se, I mean, the business of the Grateful Dead is transportation.

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17. Approximately 2,350 shows the Grateful Dead played, almost 2,200 were taped, and most of these are available online.

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18. On February 10, 2007, the Grateful Dead received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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19. Twelve members of the Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, and Bruce Hornsby was their presenter.

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20. Grateful Dead added several Dead songs to his own live shows and Jerry Garcia referred to him as a "floating member" who could come and go as he pleased.

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