Jerry Garcia is the founder of the Grateful Dead Band. He was viewed as an icon for the hippie movement and a king to the music world. He has brought so many memories and has given peace to the deadhead culture. He will be greatly missed. Jerry Garcia was born August 1, 1942 and died August 9, 1995. Jerry Garcia was best known as the guitarist, singer, songwriter, and leader of The Grateful Dead. Garcia was an icon as well as a spokesman for the 1960's hippie movement. You can say that Garcia was a maker for music because he was corn to a family of music lovers. Perhaps his talent arose by his father. People were drawn to Garcia. He was a unique guitarist and a very gifted composer. Garcia has a strong charismatic person and an engaging vocalist. You could say Garcia brought magic to the psychedelic sixties.
Garcia had the love of music in his soul even though there was great concern not to mention the controversy that the Deadhead culture had with the vocal problems, and forgetting lyrics. This brought some worry and anger to the Deadhead culture. Garcia brought peace to mind to the Deadhead culture every time he got on stage. Garcia is a born leader. He had such a warm personality that earned him the affection of millions of Deadheads. Garcia had a strong spirit he showed that by helping set up a foundation to help support various charities. The foundation was known as the Rex Foundation. Garcia wasn't just a legion for music but he also had a passion for art. The death of Jerry Garcia hit many Deadheads hard. Some Deadheads have reported they had searing pain of grief. Many Deadheads view Jerry Garcia as the king and will always be alive in their minds.
The corner of Haight and Ashbury, center of the San Francisco neighborhood in which the Grateful Dead shared a house at 710 Ashbury from fall 1966 to spring 1968.Garcia served as lead guitarist, as well as one of the principal vocalists and songwriters of the Grateful Dead for their entire career. Garcia composed such songs as Dark Star, Franklin's Tower,and Scarlet Begonias, among many others. Robert Hunter, an ardent collaborator with the band, wrote the lyrics to all but a few of Garcia's songs.
Garcia was well-noted for his soulful extended guitar improvisations, which would frequently feature interplay between himself and his fellow band members. His fame, as well as the band's, arguably rested on their ability to never play a song the same way twice. Often, Garcia would take cues from rhythm guitarist Bob Weir on when to solo, remarking that there are some kinds of ideas that would really throw me if I had to create a harmonic bridge between all the things going on rhythmically with two drums and Phil innovative bass playing. Weir's ability to solve that sort of problem is extraordinary. Harmonically, I take a lot of my solo cues from Bob. When asked to describe his approach to soloing, Garcia commented: It keeps on changing. I still basically revolve around the melody and the way it's broken up into phrases as I perceive them. With most solos, I tend to play something that phrases the way the melody does; my phrases may be more dense or have different value, but they occur in the same places in the song.
Garcia and the band toured almost constantly from their formation in 1965 until Garcia's death in 1995, a stint which gave credit to the name endless tour. Periodically, there were breaks due to exhaustion or health problems, often due to unstable health and/or Garcia's drug use.
During their three decade span, the Grateful Dead played 2,314 shows. Garcia's mature guitar-playing melded elements from the various kinds of music that had enthralled him. Echoes of bluegrass playing (such as Arthur Smith and Doc Watson) could be heard, but the roots music behind bluegrass had its influence, too, and melodic riffs from Celtic fiddle jigs can be distinguished. There was also early rock (like Lonnie Mack, James Burton and Chuck Berry), contemporary blues (such as Freddie King and Lowell Fulson), country and western (such as Roy Nichols and Don Rich), and jazz (like Charlie Christian and Django Reinhardt ) to be heard in Jerry's style. Don Rich was the sparkling country guitar player in Buck Owens's the Buckaroos band of the 1960s, but besides Rich's style, both Garcia's pedal steel guitar playing (on Grateful Dead records and others) and his standard electric guitar work, were influenced by another of Owens's Buckaroos of that time, pedal-steel player Tom Brumley. And as an improvisational soloist, John Coltrane was one of his greatest personal and musical influences. Jerry Garcia in 1969 Garcia later described his playing style as having descended from barroom rock and roll, country guitar. Just 'cause that's where all my stuff comes from. It's like that blues instrumental stuff that was happening in the late Fifties and early Sixties, like Freddie King. Garcia's style varied somewhat according to the song or instrumental to which he was contributing. His playing had a number of so-called "signatures" and, in his work through the years with the Grateful Dead, one of these was lead lines making much use of rhythmic triplets (examples include the songs: Good Morning Little School Girl, New Speedway Boogie, Brokedown Palace Deal, Loser, Truckin, That's It for the Other One, U.S. Blues, Sugaree, and Don't Ease Me In").
Jerry Garcia will always be remembered in many hearts and will always and forever be greatly missed, but his spirit will always be alive. Jerry Garcia music will always be a part of many peoples hearts and will always have a special place in those hearts