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Phil Lesh Biography
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1940 3/15Phillip Chapman Lesh is born in Berkeley, CA
1944 ~Phil gets turned on to Brahms First Symphony at age 4
1948 ~Phil takes up the violin at age 8
1954 ~Phil takes up the trumpet at age 14
1959 San Mateo College Jazz Band formed
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
1964 5/~Phil Lesh and Tom Constanten formed
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 12/01Acid Tests organizer Ken Kesey enlists Warlocks as house band
1965 12/0?Grateful Dead founded in San Francisco
1968 10/08Mickey and the Hartbeats formed
1969 Bobby Ace and the Cards from the Bottom of the Deck formed
1969 6/~New Riders of the Purple Sage formed
1970 9/~Jerry Garcia & Friends formed
1970 ~Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra formed
1974 Phil stops singing due to vocal chord damage from singing above his natural range
1975 Too Loose To Truck formed
1982 ~Phil resumes singing, now in his natural range
1994 1/19Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Grateful Dead
1994 5/15Phil guest conducts the Berkeley Symphony Orchestra
1994 9/~Phil Lesh & Friends formed
1995 12/08Grateful Dead put to rest by the remaining personnel
1997 11/~Broken Angels formed
1998 6/05The Other Ones formed
1998 12/??Phil gets a liver transplant
1999 4/15Phil returns to performing
2001 12/31Bob, Phil, Bill & Mickey play together for the first time since 1995
2003 2/12The Dead formed