Jerry Garcia

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Rock Singer
Date of Birth August 1, 1942
Place of Birth San Francisco, California
Date of Death Aug 9, 1995 (53)
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Jerry Garcia

Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia was an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, best known for his work as the lead guitarist and as a vocalist with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s. Although he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group. As one of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire 30-year career. Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders–Garcia Band, the Jerry Garcia Band, Old & In the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary, and New Riders of the Purple Sage. He also released several solo albums, and contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known for his distinctive guitar playing, and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story in 2003.

Birth name: Jerome John Garcia
Born: August 1, 1942, San Francisco, California, U.S.
Died: August 9, 1995, Forest Knolls, California, U.S.
Genres: Psychedelic rock, blues rock, folk rock, country rock, jam rock, bluegrass, roots rock
Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter
Instruments: Guitar, pedal steel guitar, banjo, vocals
Years active: 1960–1995
Labels: Rhino, Arista, Warner Bros, Acoustic Disc, Grateful Dead
Associated acts: Grateful Dead, Legion of Mary, Reconstruction, Jerry Garcia Band, Old & In the Way, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Hart Valley Drifters, Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, Merl Saunders, Garcia & Grisman, Rainforest Band, Muruga Booker
Website: Jerry Garcia's Official site
IMDb: Jerry Garcia's IMDb

About Jerry Garcia

The guiding force of the Grateful Dead during their thirty-year career who was ranked the thirteenth-greatest guitarist of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Before Fame

He lost two thirds of his right middle finger in a wood chopping accident and it gave him his unique style of guitar playing.


Garcia was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Family Life

He got married to Sara Ruppenthal on April 27, 1963, then to Carolyn Adams on December 31, 1981, and finally to Deborah Koons on February 14, 1994. He had four daughters.


Bob Weir, the rhythm guitarist for the Grateful Dead, spread Garcia's ashes into the Ganges River in India on April 4, 1996.

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