All Personnel Biography
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1926 2/08Neal Cassady is born in Denver, CO
1931 1/08Wolfgang Grajonza (Bill Graham) is born in Berlin, Germany
1935 9/17Ken Kesey is born in La Junta, CO
1940 3/15Phillip Chapman Lesh is born in Berkeley, CA
1941 6/23Robert Hunter is born in Arroyo Grande, CA
1942 8/01Jerome John Garcia is born in San Francisco
1943 9/11Michael (Mickey) Hart is born in Brooklyn, NY
1944 3/19Tom Constanten is born in Long Branch, NJ
1944 ~Phil gets turned on to Brahms First Symphony at age 4
1945 ~Mickey entertains his parents with drums at age 2
1945 8/22Donna Jean Thatcher is born in Muscle Shoals, AL
1945 9/08Ron McKernan is born in San Bruno, CA
1946 5/07Bill Kreutzmann is born in Palo Alto, CA
1947 10/03John Perry Barlow is born in Jackson Hole, WY
1947 10/16Robert Hall Weir is born in Atherton, CA
1948 Jerry loses a fingertip in a wood-chopping accident at age 5
1948 Jerry's father drowns while on a camping trip
1948 ~Phil takes up the violin at age 8
1948 7/19Keith Godchaux is born in Concord, CA
1949 ~Jerry takes piano lessons
1951 2/21Vince Welnick is born in Phoenix, AZ
1952 10/21Brent Mydland is born in Munich, West Germany
1954 ~Phil takes up the trumpet at age 14
1954 ~Bill keeps the beat for his mother's dance class at age 8
1954 11/25Bruce Hornsby is born in Williamsburg, VA
1957 ~Bill is kicked out of the orchestra in 6th grade for not keeping time
1957 8/??Jerry starts playing guitar at age 15
1958 ~Bill takes private drum lessons at age 12
1959 Ken Kesey tests legal LSD at a Palo Alto clinic
1959 San Mateo College Jazz Band formed
1959 ~Jerry joins the Army at age 17
1960 4/~Hunter meets Jerry at Commedia Theater in Palo Alto
1960 Mickey drops out of high school and joins the Air Force
1960 ~Jerry is thrown from a rolling car in an accident, breaking his collarbone
1960 ~Legends are joined by Bill at YMCA dances
1960 ~Southern Comfort joined by Donna
1961 Bob & Jerry formed
1961 Garcia, Hunter & Albin formed
1961 ~Jerry Garcia and Friends formed
1961 7/~Garcia, Leicester & Hunter formed
1961 11/~Jerry Garcia formed
1962 ~John Barlow meets Bobby at prep school
1962 Asphalt Jungle Boys formed
1962 Pigpen meets Jerry on the San Mateo Peninsula coffeehouse circuit
1962 ~Bill hears Jerry, Pigpen, & Hunter play at the Tangent in Palo Alto
1962 Bill meets Jerry at Dana Morgan's music store in Palo Alto
1962 Jerry starts playing banjo, purchased from Bill
1962 ~Tom Constanten meets Phil
1962 Phil and Tom study with avant-garde classical composer Luciano Berio
1962 Phil hears Jerry play at a party at the Chateau
1962 6/~Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers formed
1962 ~The Uncalled Four formed
1962 10/??Bobby meets Jerry backstage at the Tangent in Palo Alto
1962 11/~Jerry Garcia & David Nelson formed
1962 11/~Hart Valley Drifters formed
1962 12/~Thunder Mountain Tub Thumpers formed
1962 12/31Bobby jams with Jerry at Dana Morgan's music store
1963 2/~The Wildwood Boys formed
1963 5/~Jerry & Sarah formed
1963 7/~The Merry Pranksters formed
1963 The Second Story Men formed
1963 Zodiacs formed
1964 Hunter tests LSD in government-run tests at Stanford
1964 Furthur bus goes On The Road with Neal Cassady at the wheel
1964 3/~Black Mountain Boys formed
1964 5/~Phil Lesh and Tom Constanten formed
1964 Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions formed
1964 ~David Grisman meets Jerry on a bluegrass quest in West Grove, PA
1965 4/??Warlocks formed
1965 5/05Magoo's Pizza Parlor first paid Warlocks gig
1965 6/0?Phil takes up the bass 2 weeks before his first gig with Warlocks
1965 6/18Phil joins the Warlocks on bass, finalizing the future Grateful Dead lineup
1965 11/06Warlocks meet Bill Graham at a Family Dog benefit for the Mime Troupe
1965 12/01Acid Tests organizer Ken Kesey enlists Warlocks as house band
1965 12/0?Grateful Dead founded in San Francisco
1965 12/04San Jose Acid Test first Grateful Dead show
1966 1/??Ken Kesey is busted
1966 2/11Owsley meets Grateful Dead formally at The Fillmore and soon becomes soundman
1966 2/??Hunter writes his first lyrics for Grateful Dead
1966 6/??Soundman Dan Healy meets Grateful Dead at The Fillmore
1966 9/??710 Ashbury Street becomes the band's residence
1966 10/??Owsley leaves soundman position with Grateful Dead
1967 9/29Mickey joins the band on drums & percussion
1967 10/02Busted in marijuana raid at 710 Ashbury Street
1967 Mickey meets Bill at a Dead show at the Fillmore
1967 Mickey becomes Bill's drum teacher, using hypnosis to get him to practice more
1967 Dan Healy becomes soundman for Grateful Dead
1968 2/03Neal Cassady dies in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico at age 41
1968 3/08Fillmore East opens in NYC
1968 3/??Who's Who In America lists Grateful Dead
1968 3/??Grateful Dead move out of 710 Ashbury in San Francisco
1968 6/0~Dan Healy leaves to do sound for Quicksilver
1968 7/??Owsley takes over sound again for Grateful Dead
1968 10/08Mickey and the Hartbeats formed
1968 11/23Tom Constanten joins the band on piano
1969 Bobby Ace and the Cards from the Bottom of the Deck formed
1969 6/~New Riders of the Purple Sage formed
1969 Merl Saunders meets Jerry
1969 Bill Graham books Grateful Dead throughout the country
1970 Grateful Dead manager Lenny Hart takes off with $70,000 in proceeds
1970 1/??Busted down on Bourbon Street, New Orleans
1970 1/30Tom leaves the band
1970 2/??Owsley leaves soundman position after bust
1970 5/18Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales formed
1970 9/20David Grisman sits in with the Dead at the Fillmore East
1970 9/~Jerry Garcia & Friends formed
1970 ~Incredible String Band joined by Tom Constanten
1970 ~Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra formed
1971 Barlow writes his first lyrics for the Dead
1971 2/18Mickey takes a break from Grateful Dead
1971 2/~Garcia/Saunders formed
1971 8/26Pigpen takes a break from touring for health reasons
1971 10/19Keith joins the band on keyboards
1971 12/01Pigpen returns to touring
1971 12/??Dan Healy rejoins the Dead as soundman
1971 12/31Donna sits in with Grateful Dead
1972 John Kahn meets Jerry at a Monday night session at the Matrix
1972 The Tubes formed
1972 3/25Donna joins the band on vocals
1972 5/26Pigpen sings for the last time, in London
1972 6/17Pigpen leaves the band due to declining health
1973 3/02Old & In The Way formed
1973 3/08Pigpen dies in Corte Madera, CA at age 27
1973 8/~Jerry gets a year's probation in NJ for LSD, marijuana, and cocaine
1973 9/11Bruce attends Grateful Dead shows at William and Mary College
1974 Phil stops singing due to vocal chord damage from singing above his natural range
1974 3/23Wall of Sound full system debuts
1974 4/20Great American String Band formed
1974 7/~Legion of Mary formed
1974 10/20Mickey returns to play farewell with Grateful Dead
1974 10/20Tour hiatus begins following Winterland farewell
1974 11/08Kingfish joined by Bob
1975 4/??Diga Rhythm Band formed
1975 8/05Jerry Garcia Band formed
1975 8/20Keith and Donna Band formed
1975 Too Loose To Truck formed
1975 ~Silver joined by Brent
1975 ~Robert Hunter formed
1976 6/03Grateful Dead touring resumes
1976 Drumz debut
1976 Roadhog formed
1977 ~Bob Weir Band formed
1977 Comfort formed
1978 11/2?Jerry loses his voice and cancels a tour
1978 Bobby and the Midnites formed
1979 1/30Reconstruction formed
1979 2/17Keith and Donna's last show with Grateful Dead
1979 4/22Brent joins the band on keyboards
1979 The Beast percussion set becomes a concert standard
1979 ~Ghosts are joined by Keith and Donna
1980 7/23Keith dies in a car accident in Marin County, CA at age 32
1982 ~Phil resumes singing, now in his natural range
1982 4/21Garcia/Kahn formed
1982 8/13Dinosaurs formed
1983 Rex Foundation founded
1984 Billy Kreutzmann's All-Stars formed
1984 Zero formed
1984 The Deadhead Hour radio program debuts on KFOG San Francisco
1984 10/27Taping Section established
1985 1/??Jerry is busted for heroin and cocaine possession in Golden Gate Park
1985 Jerry enters drug treatment program
1985 Jerry is confronted by the rest of the band regarding his drug abuse
1985 Dick Latvala becomes the official archivist
1985 ~Go Ahead formed
1985 Bruce Hornsby and the Range formed
1986 7/10Jerry lapses into a near-fatal diabetic coma for 5 days
1986 12/15Grateful Dead return to performing 5 months after Jerry emerges from coma
1987 Cherry Garcia ice cream introduced by Ben & Jerry's
1987 Billboard Top Ten first Grateful Dead listing - Touch of Grey
1987 2/2?The Way It Is wins Bruce a Grammy Award for Best New Artist of 1986
1987 7/10Bob Dylan tours with Grateful Dead
1987 8/29Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band formed
1987 9/15In the Dark goes platinum
1988 Jerry becomes a certified SCUBA diver, partially replacing drug use
1988 6/25Bruce opens for and jams with Grateful Dead in Ohio
1989 Forbes lists Grateful Dead amongst top-grossing US entertainers
1989 Grateful Dead third in concert grosses behind the Rolling Stones and The Who
1989 10/08Formerly the Warlocks play 2 nights at Hampton Coliseum, VA
1990 Electronic Frontier Foundation founded
1990 2/2?The Valley Road wins Bruce & Nitty Gritty Dirt Band a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Recording of 1989
1990 7/26Brent dies of a drug overdose in Lafayette, CA at age 37
1990 9/07Vince joins the band on keyboards
1990 9/15Bruce joins the band as a regular guest on keyboards
1990 12/0?25th anniversary of founding of the Grateful Dead
1990 12/17Garcia/Grisman formed
1991 Grateful Dead Comix published
1991 ~Planet Drum formed
1991 Grateful Dead become the top-grossing band in the US, with 79 concerts
1991 ~Affordables formed
1991 6/~Mickey addresses the US Senate on music therapy for the aged
1991 10/25Bill Graham dies in a helicopter accident near Vallejo, CA at age 60
1992 Grateful Dead donate tie-dyed uniforms to Lithuania's bronze-medal-winning Olympic basketball team
1992 ~Vortex formed
1992 2/25Planet Drum wins Mickey a Grammy Award for Best World Music Album of 1991
1992 3/??Bruce leaves the band
1992 7/??J. Garcia ties marketed
1992 8/??Jerry collapses from exhaustion and cancels a tour
1993 Grateful Dead are the highest grossing concert attraction in the US
1993 ~Dead Ringers formed
1994 Soundman Dan Healy leaves the band
1994 ~The Valentines formed
1994 ~Second Sight formed
1994 1/19Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Grateful Dead
1994 2/2?Barcelona Mona wins Bruce and Branford a Grammy Award for Best Pop Instrumental Performance of 1993
1994 5/15Phil guest conducts the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
1994 9/~Phil Lesh & Friends formed
1995 Grateful Dead among top-grossing artists in North American venues
1995 Grateful Dead among top-grossing artists in North American tours 1985-1995
1995 Jerry receives a death threat
1995 4/~dead.net goes online
1995 4/22Bob Weir & Rob Wasserman formed
1995 7/09Soldier Field last Grateful Dead show ever
1995 8/05Ratdog formed
1995 8/09Jerry dies in Forest Knolls, CA at age 53
1995 8/13Jerry is celebrated by family and 25,000 friends in Golden Gate Park
1995 11/07Garcia asteroid named
1995 12/08Grateful Dead put to rest by the remaining personnel
1996 5/30John Kahn dies in Mill Valley, CA
1996 5/~Mickey Hart's Mystery Box formed
1996 6/20Furthur Festival debut
1996 7/04Dead Red Unwine marketed
1996 10/11Missing Man Formation formed
1996 Dose Hermanos formed
1997 Backbone formed
1997 11/~Broken Angels formed
1998 ~Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead stamps issued
1998 6/05The Other Ones formed
1998 8/??Cumberland Blues stage musical premieres
1998 12/??Phil gets a liver transplant
1999 4/15Phil returns to performing
1999 8/06Dick Latvala dies following a heart attack at age 56
2000 5/~Mickey Hart Band formed
2000 8/2?Bill returns to touring, with Furthur Festival
2000 Madame Tussaud's New York wax museum displays a likeness of Jerry
2001 6/28Jammys Hall of Fame inducts Grateful Dead
2001 10/28Mickey Hart and Bembe Orisha formed
2001 11/10Ken Kesey dies of liver cancer complications at age 66
2001 12/31Bob, Phil, Bill & Mickey play together for the first time since 1995
2002 10/02Jammys Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Grateful Dead