The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. Ranging from quintet to septet, the band is known for its unique and eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, psychedelia, experimental music, modal jazz, country, folk, bluegrass, blues, gospel reggae, and space rock, for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams, and for their devoted fan base, known as "Deadheads." "Their music," writes Lenny Kaye, "touches on ground that most other groups don't even know exists." These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead "the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world". The band was ranked 57th by Rolling Stone magazine in its The Greatest Artists of All Time issue. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and a recording of their May 8, 1977, performance at Cornell University's Barton Hall was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012. The Grateful Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.

The Grateful Dead was founded in the San Francisco Bay Area amid the rise of the counterculture of the 1960s. The founding members were Jerry Garcia (lead guitar, vocals), Bob Weir (rhythm guitar, vocals), Ron "Pigpen" McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals), and Bill Kreutzmann (drums). Members of the Grateful Dead had played together in various San Francisco bands, including Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions and the Warlocks. Lesh was the last member to join the Warlocks before they became the Grateful Dead; he replaced Dana Morgan Jr., who had played bass for a few gigs. Drummer Mickey Hart and nonperforming lyricist Robert Hunter joined in 1967. With the exception of McKernan, who died in 1973, and Hart, who took time off from 1971 to 1974, the core of the band stayed together for its entire 30-year history. The other official members of the band are Tom Constanten (keyboards; 1968–1970), John Perry Barlow (nonperforming lyricist; 1971–1995), Keith Godchaux (keyboards; 1971–1979), Donna Godchaux (vocals; 1972–1979), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals; 1979–1990), and Vince Welnick (keyboards, vocals; 1990–1995). Bruce Hornsby (accordion, piano, vocals) was a touring member from 1990 to 1992, as well as a guest with the band on occasion before and after the tours.

After the death of Garcia in 1995, former members of the band, along with other musicians, toured as the Other Ones in 1998, 2000, and 2002, and the Dead in 2003, 2004, and 2009. In 2015, the four surviving core members marked the band's 50th anniversary in a series of concerts that were billed as their last performances together. There have also been several spin-offs featuring one or more core members, such as Dead & Company, Furthur, the Rhythm Devils, Phil Lesh & Friends, RatDog, and Billy & the Kids.

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Album + Compilation

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2017 Acoustic 70s Various Artists 1
2018 The Greatest Sixties Album Various Artists 2
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21 Great Songs by 21 Great Artists Various Artists 1
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Esta Noche Cruzamos el Mississippi Various Artists 1
KFOG Live from the Archives 10th Anniversary CD Various Artists 1
La Repubblica: L'America del Rock, Volume 5: La musica della rivoluzione dei fiori Various Artists 1
Promo Only: Platinum Series Various Artists 1
Rock E X P L O S I O N Various Artists 1
Rockin' Down the Highway Various Artists 1
Take It Easy Various Artists 1
The Best of Woodstock and Flower Power Various Artists 1
The Old Grey Whistle Test: America Various Artists 1
Woodstock Various Artists 1
Woodstock Generation Various Artists 1
Woodstock, the Complete Bootleg Various Artists 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1993 Underground & Psychedelic: The Supergroups of the 60's Various Artists 1
2008 ONXRT: Live From the Archives, Volume 11 Various Artists 1
2017 Iconic Performances From the Monterey International Pop Festival Various Artists 1
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Album + Compilation + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 Rude Awakening: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Artists 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1972 Fillmore: The Last Days Various Artists 1
1991 Glastonbury Fayre Festival (1991) Various Artists 1
1992 Country Home Neil Young 1
1994 “Live” in Monterey Festival Pop 1967 Various Artists 1
2005 Garcia Plays Dylan Jerry Garcia 3
2009 Woodstock: 40 Years On: Back to Yasgur’s Farm Various Artists 2
Live at the Monterey Pop Festival 1967 Various Artists 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Zabriskie Point Various Artists 4 10
1997 Great Expectations: The Album Various Artists 6
1999 A Walk on the Moon Various Artists 1
2003 Masked and Anonymous Various Artists 4
2004 The Dreamers Various Artists 2
2006 YTMND Soundtrack, Volume 10 Various Artists 3 1
2009 Taking Woodstock Various Artists 1
Taken Various Artists 1

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Woodstock Flower Power Various Artists 1


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2013 Cosmic Country Various Artists 1

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