Monday, August 6, 2012

Happy Birthday Jerry Garcia (RIP) 8/1/1942 - 8/9/1995

Named after Jerome Kern, Garcia was best known for his phenomenal talent on the guitar and endless touring with his group, The Grateful Dead.

Uncle John's Band - The Grateful Dead

In 1987, Ben & Jerrys came out with a new flavor of their fabulous ice cream, which they named "Cherry Garcia," after the Grateful Dead's famed guitarist, Jerry Garcia. [For those of you who have never lived] it is cherry ice cream with cherries and dark chocolate chunks. yummm.

People who went to a lot of Grateful Dead concerts were known as DeadHeads. 

Truckin - the Grateful Dead.
In 2003, Jerry Garcia was named #13 on Rolling Stone's 100 greatest Guitarists of All Times.

Jerry Garcia is best known for his work with The Grateful Dead, but he also played with many other groups, and played on albums with other groups including the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album Deja Vu, and Jefferson Airplane's album Surrealistic Pillow.

Casey Jones - The Grateful Dead
(Drivin that train, high on cocaine, Casey Jones you'd better watch your speed).

Jerry Garcia died at the age of 53 from a combination of long-term heroin and cocaine addiction, obesity, cigarette smoking, diabetes, and ultimately, a heart attack while in rehab trying to get clean.

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