Jerry Garcia

~ Person

Legal name: Jerome John Garcia


Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia (August 1, 1942 – August 9, 1995) was an American musician best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture era in the 1960s. Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group.

One of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995). Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders–Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage (which Garcia co-founded with John Dawson and David Nelson). He also released several solo albums, and contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 46th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story.

Later in life, Garcia was sometimes ill because of his diabetes, and in 1986 went into a diabetic coma that nearly cost him his life. Although his overall health improved somewhat after that, he also struggled with heroin and cocaine addictions, and was staying in a California drug rehabilitation facility when he died of a heart attack in August 1995.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Hooteroll? Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia 4
1972 Garcia Jerry Garcia 2
1976 Reflections Jerry Garcia 2
1978 Cats Under the Stars Jerry Garcia 1
1982 Run for the Roses Jerry Garcia 2
1989 Compliments of Garcia Jerry Garcia 1
1991 Garcia / Grisman Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 2
1993 Not for Kids Only Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 1
1996 Shady Grove Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 1
1998 So What Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 1
2000 The Pizza Tapes Jerry Garcia, David Grisman & Tony Rice 3
2004 Been All Around This World Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 1
2004 All Good Things: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions Jerry Garcia 2
All Good Things Redux: Jerry Garcia Studio Sessions Jerry Garcia 1
Deep Elum Blues Jerry Garcia 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Fire Up + Merl Saunders and Friends - Jerry Garcia, Tom Fogerty, John Kahn, Bill Vitt 1
Well Matched: The Best of Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 Garcia Plays Dylan Jerry Garcia 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Grateful Dawg Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 1

Other + Interview

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
A Talk With Jerry Garcia Jerry Garcia 1

Other + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973-01-19: Berkeley, CA, USA Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1982-05-05 Oregon State Prison, Salem, OR Jerry Garcia & John Kahn 1
Blue Incantation Sanjay Mishra & Jerry Garcia 1
Keystone Berkeley, 9.1.74 (Disc 1) Jerry Garcia & Merl Saunders 1
Lonesome Prison Blues Jerry Garcia 1
Old & In The Way Jerry Garcia 1
The Garcia Saunders Band Jerry Garcia 1
The Pizza Tapes Jerry Garcia 1
Warfield Theater, 12-08-91 Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 1
Warfield Theatre, SF, CA (May 7 To 11, 1992) Jerry Garcia & David Grisman 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1998 Side Trips - Volume One Howard Wales and Jerry Garcia 1

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