Jerry Garcia is best remembered as the legendary singer and lead guitarist for the mercurial San Francisco-based rock band Grateful Dead. He is one of the USA west coast music scene's all-time leading figures, and in addition to his work with Grateful Dead he also worked with many of the era's other leading acts, including Crosby, Stills, Nash And Young, David Crosby, Jefferson Airplane and New Riders Of The Purple Sage. He launched a solo career in the early 70s, led the Jerry Garcia Band for albums in 1978 and 1991 (more material has been released since then), and recorded with various other artists such as Merl Saunders and David Grisman. He died from a heart attack in 1995, after years of notorious drug use, heavy smoking, and unhealthy eating. The legacy that he has left behind is huge. A true rock genius, he was a remarkably gifted and distinctive guitarist, a fine songwriter, and his ability to slide comfortably between disparate musical styles (including folk, jazz, blues, psychedelic rock and bluegrass) is virtually unparalleled.
Followers: Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna