Bill Kreutzmann Biography
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1946 5/07Bill Kreutzmann is born in Palo Alto, CA
1954 ~Bill keeps the beat for his mother's dance class at age 8
1957 ~Bill is kicked out of the orchestra in 6th grade for not keeping time
1958 ~Bill takes private drum lessons at age 12
1960 ~Legends are joined by Bill at YMCA dances
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
1963 Zodiacs formed
1965 4/??Warlocks formed
1965 5/05Magoo's Pizza Parlor first paid Warlocks gig
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
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
1968 10/08Mickey and the Hartbeats formed
1969 6/~New Riders of the Purple Sage formed
1970 ~Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra formed
1975 8/05Jerry Garcia Band formed
1975 8/20Keith and Donna Band formed
1976 Drumz debut
1979 The Beast percussion set becomes a concert standard
1984 Billy Kreutzmann's All-Stars formed
1985 ~Go Ahead formed
1994 1/19Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Grateful Dead
1995 12/08Grateful Dead put to rest by the remaining personnel
1997 Backbone formed
2000 8/2?Bill returns to touring, with Furthur Festival
2001 12/31Bob, Phil, Bill & Mickey play together for the first time since 1995
2003 2/12The Dead formed