Grateful Dead Biography
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1965 6/18Phil joins the Warlocks on bass, finalizing the future Grateful Dead lineup
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 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 Dan Healy becomes soundman for Grateful Dead
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 11/23Tom Constanten joins the band on piano
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
1971 2/18Mickey takes a break from Grateful Dead
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 12/31Donna sits in with Grateful Dead
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 3/08Pigpen dies in Corte Madera, CA at age 27
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 10/20Mickey returns to play farewell with Grateful Dead
1974 10/20Tour hiatus begins following Winterland farewell
1976 6/03Grateful Dead touring resumes
1976 Drumz debut
1978 11/2?Jerry loses his voice and cancels a tour
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
1980 7/23Keith dies in a car accident in Marin County, CA at age 32
1982 ~Phil resumes singing, now in his natural range
1984 The Deadhead Hour radio program debuts on KFOG San Francisco
1984 10/27Taping Section established
1985 Jerry is confronted by the rest of the band regarding his drug abuse
1985 Dick Latvala becomes the official archivist
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 Billboard Top Ten first Grateful Dead listing - Touch of Grey
1987 7/10Bob Dylan tours with Grateful Dead
1987 9/15In the Dark goes platinum
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 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
1991 Grateful Dead Comix published
1991 Grateful Dead become the top-grossing band in the US, with 79 concerts
1992 Grateful Dead donate tie-dyed uniforms to Lithuania's bronze-medal-winning Olympic basketball team
1992 3/??Bruce leaves the band
1992 8/??Jerry collapses from exhaustion and cancels a tour
1993 Grateful Dead are the highest grossing concert attraction in the US
1994 Soundman Dan Healy leaves the band
1994 1/19Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Grateful Dead
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 4/~dead.net goes online
1995 7/09Soldier Field last Grateful Dead show ever
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 12/08Grateful Dead put to rest by the remaining personnel
1996 7/04Dead Red Unwine marketed
1998 ~Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead stamps issued
1998 8/??Cumberland Blues stage musical premieres
2001 6/28Jammys Hall of Fame inducts Grateful Dead
2002 10/02Jammys Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Grateful Dead