It’s no secret around here that Jerry Garcia has probably influenced my musical tastes more than any other musician. His talent, musicianship, demeanor, spirit and legacy are America personified and are uniquely his. From his virtuosity on the banjo, pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitar, his piano tinkling, etc., Jerry always had a vision for his music and usually got what he wanted. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone for 15 years, as he loomed so large in mine and many others’ musical universe at the time of his passing in 1995. Jer’, I think about you and/or your music everyday. Thanks for joy, wit, wisdom and love you gave through your music.
Here are three of San Francisco’s finest performing Dylan’s classic.
Woody Guthrie’s classic folk song performed almost 21 years ago, on 7/2/89.
“Time for a crying song, folks.” One of Bobby’s many shining moments from Rockaplast ’81. Check out their version with Jerry playing pedal steel from Dick’s Picks 30 at The Academy of Music in NYC from 3/28/72.
From Festival Express.
“The thing about Woodstock was that you could feel the presence of time travelers from the future who had come back to see it. You could sense the significance of the event as it was happening. There was a kind of a swollen historicity- a truly pregnant moment. You definitely knew that this was a milestone; it was in the air. As a human being I had a wonderful time hanging put with friends in the music business and sharing great little jams.”
-Jerry Garcia on Woodstock
Click here to check out this site that has great photos and documentation of Jerry through the years.
It’s been posted here before, but with it being the 14th anniversary of Jerry’s passing, I thought I’d post in his honor.
It’s no secret around here that Jerry Garcia has probably influenced my musical tastes more than any other musician. His talent, musicianship, demeanor, spirit and legacy are America personified and are uniquely his. From his virtuosity on the banjo, pedal steel, acoustic and electric guitar, his piano tinkling, etc., Jerry always had a vision for his music and usually got what he wanted. It’s hard to believe he’s been gonefor 14 years, as he loomed so large in musical universe at the time of his passing in 1995.
Rest well Jerry.
Good ole Jer’ would have turned 67 today. It’s hard to believe he’s been gone 14 years, things just haven’t been the same. You know what I mean? Anyway, last year we did a week long celebration of Jerry’s birthday, containing videos, streams and downloads. Click here to check it out.
Rolling Stone’s feature on rock stars in high school, before fame and fortune is a trip. Click here to check it out.
Jer’ playing the classic off of The White Album. An interesting little tidbit on the song is that it was written for Mia Farrow’s sister, who was also at the ashram to study the Maharishi’s teachings (Transcendental Meditation) in India with The Beatles. Prudence Farrow would seclude herself from the rest of the group for hours, staying in ther room. John Lennon wrote the song in honor of her, from outside of her door.
Jer’ and Dawg at The Warfield in December of ’91.
Fascinating interview here with Jer’ from 1982. The man had been in the good ole Grateful Dead 17 years at this point and is fine form here. Click here to listen.
I recently watched Festival Express for the 7th time (as if you couldn’t tell by recent posts). It’s such an amazing snapshot of a unique period in rock music. Here’s Jer’ with Sylvia Tyson close by.
In the movie Festival Express, we see Jerry playing George Harrison’s rosewood Fender Telecaster. This is the same axe used in the last public performance of The Beatles, on the roof of Apple Headquarters. It was loaned to Garcia by Delaney Bramlett; the two can be seen on-stage together during the jam on C.C. Rider. Harrison had given it to Bramlett after they toured together briefly. Delaney Bramlett was also very close to Eric Clapton, as they recorded and toured together while Eric was in Blind Faith in 1969. Clapton went on to join Delaney and Bonnie for a brief period and recorded the amazing album, Delaney & Bonnie & Friends on tour with Eric Clapton, which also features George Harrison. The band would break up a year later and splinter into Derek & The Dominoes. Delaney’s ex-wife, Bonnie toured in the late ’70′s with the Allman Brothers and performed with them last night at The Beacon. Allman Brothers/Clapton sometime guitarist, Derek Trucks, nephew of Allman Brother, Butch Trucks was named after the band name, Derek & The Dominoes. Eric Clapton wrote “Layla”, which was featured on the Derek & The Dominoes album, about George Harrison’s wife Patti Boyd, with whom he would later marry. (I better stop or we’ll be here all day…)
Taken from the Halloween shows at MSG in 1980.
- Set 1 -
I Second That Emotion
They Love Each Other
I Want To Tell You
Tore Up Over You
Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
- Set 2 -
Sitting In Limbo
A Strange Man
How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)
Recorded at Marty Balin’s venue, The Matrix, the lineup consisted of David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart, billed as David & The Dorks. This show features several songs from Crosby’s 1970 release If I Could Only Remember My Name.
01 Alabama Bound
02 Eight Miles High
03 Cowboy Movie
04 Wall Song
06 Bird Song
01 Drop Down Mama
02 Cowboy Movie
04 Wall Song
06 Deep Elem Blues
07 Motherless Children
Brief bio found on YouTube:
Jean-Baptiste “Django” Reinhardt (January 23, 1910 — May 16, 1953) was a Belgian Sinto Gypsy jazz guitarist. He was one of the first prominent jazz musicians to be born in Europe, and one of the most renowned jazz guitarists of all time. His most renowned works include “My Sweet”, “Minor Swing”, “Tears”, “Belleville”, “Djangology” and “Nuages”. Reinhardt spent most of his youth in gypsy encampments close to Paris, playing banjo, guitar and violin from an early age professionally at Bal-musette halls in Paris. He started first on the violin and eventually moved on to a banjo-guitar .At the age of 18 Reinhardt was injured in a fire that ravaged the caravan he shared with Bella, his first wife. They were very poor, and to supplement their income Bella made imitation flowers out of celluloid and paper. Consequently, their home was full of this highly flammable material. Returning from a performance late one night, Django apparently knocked over a candle on his way to bed. While his family and neighbors were quick to pull him to safety, he received first- and second-degree burns over half his body. His right leg was paralyzed and the third and fourth fingers of his left hand were badly burnt. Doctors believed that he would never play guitar again and intended to amputate one of his legs. Reinhardt refused to have the surgery and left the hospital after a short time; he was able to walk within a year with the aid of a cane. In 1934, Louis Vola formed the “Quintette du Hot Club de France” with Reinhardt, violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt’s brother Joseph and Roger Chaput on guitar, and himself on bass.The concept of “lead guitar” (Django) and backing “rhythm guitar” (Joseph Reinhardt/Roger Chaput or Pierre Ferret) was born with that band. When World War II broke out, the original quintet was on tour in the United Kingdom. Reinhardt returned to Paris. Reinhardt survived World War II unscathed, unlike the many Gypsies who perished in the porajmos, the Nazi regime’s systematic murder of several hundred thousand European Gypsies, quite a few of whom were sent to death camps. He was especially fortunate because the Nazi regime did not allow jazz to be performed and recorded. He apparently enjoyed the protection of the Luftwaffe officer Dietrich Schulz-Köhn, nicknamed “Doktor Jazz”, who deeply admired his music. Many musicians have expressed admiration for Reinhardt , including guitarist Jimmy McCulloch, classical guitarist Julian Bream; country artist Chet Atkins, who placed Reinhardt #1 on a list of the ten most influential guitarists of the 20th century ; Carlos Santana; B.B. King; Jerry Garcia; Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi; Jimi Hendrix; Synyster Gates; Shawn Lane; Stevie Ray Vaughan; Derek Trucks; Mark Knopfler; Les Paul; Joe Pass; Peter Frampton; Denny Laine; Jeff Beck; Jon Larsen; Trey Anastasio; Steve Howe; Charlie Christian and George Benson. Jimi Hendrix is said to have named one of his bands the Band of Gypsys because of Django’s music. The Allman Brothers Band song “Jessica” was written by Dickey Betts in tribute to Reinhardt — he wanted to write a song that could be played using only two fingers. This aspect of the artist’s work also inspired Tony Iommi, who continued playing guitar despite a factory accident cost him his two fingertips.
We hate to get all TMZ on ya, but apparently the estate of Merle Saunders is suing the estate of Jerry Garcia for unpaid royalties stemming from the 2004 archival Garcia/Saunders release., Keystone Berkeley. Garcia died in ’95 and Saunders died a few months back in ’08, but we’re pretty certain that neither would be too thrilled with this turn of events.
Jerry Garcia wrote the music for “Franklin’s Tower” using the “do-doo-doo” chorus from Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side” as his jumping off point.