The Grateful Dead‘s singer, lead guitar player, and reluctant spokesman, Jerry Garcia, passed away on this day back in 1995. His legacy lives on in many different ways, and we’re going to look at a few of them and let YOU decided which is the best way to be remembered!
A founding member of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia became one of the most beloved musicians during the bands tenure from 1965 until his death in 1995. He’s been immortalized on the silver screen, honored on various television shows, been remembered in song by countless other musicians, and has festivals dedicated to his name year after year.
His music with the Grateful Dead (and other like the Saunders-Garcia Band, Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage) fused elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, improvisational jazz, psychedelia, and space rock. Guitarist, composer, and writer Lenny Kaye once said the Dead’s music “touches on ground that most other groups don’t even know exists.”
The Dead Heads around the world would certainly agree.
But are any of these the best way to remember an iconic and groundbreaking musician like Jerry Garcia? We’re going to take a look at a few of the ways Jerry’s legacy has been immortalized, and then we’ll let YOU decided which is the most fitting.
And of course, we’ll allow you to throw in your two cents if you don’t agree with what we have to offer.
Jerry Garcia: Guitar Hero
Jerry Garcia is ranked by Rolling Stone Magazine as the thirteenth greatest guitar player of all time. That’s out of one hundred, and they’re sampling from well over fifty years shredding, speaker blasting, and bleeding ear drums.
Thirteen isn’t looking too shabby, especially since Jerry beat out notable axe men Jeff Beck, Carlos Santana, and Brian May. In case you need some convincing, check out Garcia’s guitar solo during this performance of “Peggy-O” late in his life.
Jerry Garcia: Hall of Famer
Jerry Garcia was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead in 1994. The bands influence and importance is unquestionable. Garcia has definitely put the work in as well.
According to fellow Bay Area guitar player Henry Kaiser, Garcia is “the most recorded guitarist in history. With more than 2,200 Grateful Dead concerts, and 1,000 Jerry Garcia Band concerts captured on tape — as well as numerous studio sessions — there are about 15,000 hours of his guitar work preserved for the ages.”
15,000 hours, huh? If we work in shifts, we might be able to get through all of it in this lifetime.
Grateful Dead “Touch of Grey”
Jerry Garcia: Ice Cream Flavor
Truly, the only way a person’s memory can live on forever… in delicious, sugar-filled, frozen dairy.
In 1987, ice cream manufacturer Ben & Jerry’s came out with Cherry Garcia, which is named after Jerry and consists of “cherry ice cream with cherries and fudge flakes.” If you ask us, this just might trump them all.
You can follow Cherry Garcia on Twitter… ya know, in case your sweet tooth is achin’ and hankerin’ for a scoop.
Now it’s time to vote. Let your voice be heard!
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