Sat Eye Candy: Happy B-Day Jerry


Jerry Garcia would have turned 66 years old yesterday. It's daunting to think almost thirteen years have gone by since his passing on August 9, 1995, but it was what he did when he was alive that makes his presence resonate in countless lives. He wrote songs that sounded like folklore even when they were new, and his playing was a mercurial, wholly unique thing – a holy sound plucked from the universe and given to us as gift. In many respects, that's how Garcia's life comes across, a gift to all of us, and one that generation after generation gets to open as they discover what some of us were fortunate enough to have experienced in real time. His mere presence, even on less-than-stellar nights, made the world glow a bit more due to his inner light. Happy birthday, Mr. Garcia. You are missed but only until we press "play" again..

The man threw a good party, as this Garcia and Friends show in Petaluma from 1987 shows. Jerry performs "Fire On The Mountain." joined by Carlos Santana, Babatunde, Olatunji, Mickey Hart, Hamza el-Din and Bobby Vega.

Here's Garcia and Bob Weir talking to Tom Snyder on Tomorrow Show in 1981. There's not much better than a happy, engaged Jerry and he's certainly both in this chat.

Always a superb interpreter of Bob Dylan's work, here's the Jerry Garcia Band in 1990 doing "Tangled Up In Blue."

His talent for creating extreme intimacy, even in the largest halls, was a hallmark of Garcia's live presence. He could conjure stillness with palpable vulnerability as this "Stella Blue" from Winterland in 1974 shows.

We wrap up our birthday well wishes with "Deal," given a fun ride at Germany's Rockpalast in 1981.

We encourage to share your own birthday wishes and Jerry memories this weekend. Lord knows, none of us attended his wonderful circus alone…

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[Published on: 8/2/08]

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RedMule starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 10:58AM
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We miss you brother, but your spirit will always live on.

Come down to McLaren Park in San Francisco tomorrow for Jerry Day; Melvin Seals and JGB amongst other bands, FREE!

Lets honor and remember Jerry!

chuckus starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 11:09AM
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Best ever.

TheJuice starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 11:10AM
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Happy Birthday Jerry. Nothing going on in Nashville for you. I'll make sure they have a party next year though. See you next Saturday at the mule jam in Atlanta.

gratefullygreg Sat 8/2/2008 11:35AM
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As the old saying goes, "There is nothing like a Grateful Dead concert." Never was, never will be. The bands today are fun but dont even compare to what was. Listen to 8/2/82, his fortieth. The boys were on fire. Thanks for the lifetime of memories. Smile, Smile, Smile

Flat5 Sat 8/2/2008 11:37AM
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wow bluntbisco, I'll just let everyone else comment on that little insight into your obviously weak mind. what I was gonna say was how cool that first clip was. It's like a horn section at the back of the stage, but instead of horns it's Jerry and Santana. Rest in peace, Jerome!

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 11:49AM
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Jeff Kash Sat 8/2/2008 12:24PM
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hippiemofo Sat 8/2/2008 12:35PM
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Forever Grateful

Forever Dead

WE all miss you very much but you live on with us all!

willydog Sat 8/2/2008 12:37PM
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Hey bluntsnbisco, show some respect. OH WAIT A MINUTE..with Bisco in your name that is pretty much impossible. Put your hat on straight, pull your pants up, take your finger out of the Molly and listen to Jerry. He will set you free.

Now as for Jerry...

I miss you old freind. There will never be another like you, a player that can capture the imagination and lead you gently into chaos,catipulting you around crystaline mountains of fear and delight at the same time. In the words of Bob Dylan upon hearing of Jerry's death ..."there is no way to measure the loss."

mrsshrubby Sat 8/2/2008 01:00PM
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phat22 Sat 8/2/2008 01:11PM
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franklin3 Sat 8/2/2008 01:15PM
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dark as the night you are still by my side, shine inside. RIP Jerry.

snappy Sat 8/2/2008 01:16PM
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Editor note: We realize his birthday actually hit yesterday. The bong has been put away...Now let's get back to celebrating Jerry.

ScIFreak starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 01:18PM
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God I cant IMAGINE how things would be if jerry was still alive. fucking nuts man.

EVILFUNK starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 01:47PM
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hey man, who ate all the keylime pie? (jerys ghost)

TendaiCooney Sat 8/2/2008 02:09PM
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thank god for jerry

GB3K-Poops starstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 02:29PM
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I was to young to ever see the fat man play! But after listening to his music and watching numerous bands and musicians relive his memory through his music I can see why people would say, "there's no show like a dead show" Even in heaven Jerry has changed my life and I'm sure other peoples as well, His memory will be lived on for many and many years to come and the name Jerry Garcia will never be forgoten. RIP Jerry, the memories will always live on!!!!

oysteria starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 02:39PM
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Happy birthday Spud.

hole-brainedbisco, jerry eats trey licks for breakfast.

Wren county's East Kodiak Woodchuck Mother Fuckers will never die. 8-19-70

"The Deadheads are doing the dance of life and this I would say , is the answer to the atom bomb."~~~Joseph Campbell

iAMuANDwhatIseeISme starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 03:39PM
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"Fare You Well, Fare You Well, I Love You More than Words Can Tell....."

adventuresinperception starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 03:55PM
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"like a steam locomotive, rollin' down the track, he's gone, gone, nothin's gonna bring him back"

thanks for the memories and tunes Cpt. Trips. my life would be drastically different had it not been for you.

PS- blunts and bisco, show some respect man. you are so ignorant in every one of your posts, but AT LEAST SHOW SOME LOVE FOR JERRY G!!!

born2be Sat 8/2/2008 06:37PM
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trey ?who is trey?

Love ya jerry miss ya...need your magic...Trey?wtf?

thewaywegetby starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 07:45PM
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"In many respects, that's how Garcia's life comes across, a gift to all of us, and one that generation after generation gets to open as they discover what some of us were fortunate enough to have experienced in real time." - so true, so very very true

stringche101 starstarstarstarstar Sat 8/2/2008 07:51PM
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Just brings a smile to my face! peace and love yall

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In the oh-so-true words of the legendary Salt n' Pepa: "Whata man, whata man, whata man, whata mighty good man. Yes He Is!"

Oh...and TendaiCooney- Lets not give credit to god for this one...He was a Force all his own!!

Grateful Forever


danpfunk Sat 8/2/2008 10:58PM
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Love Trey but even he says "Jerry invented this music".

FloridaJam Sun 8/3/2008 12:16AM
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bluntsandbisco you are such a douchebag. Is there one thread you comment on where people haven't given your stupid asinine comments less than 15 thumbsdowns? grow up retard! and stop trolling every comment section. PS - Discobiscuits sound about as good as my dog's farts!

redhed starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/3/2008 04:30AM
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Love and Respect Jerry!!! happy B-day brother!

RambleOnShelbyRose starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/3/2008 06:10AM
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I saw a truly spectacular show by Ratdog at mountain jam, if you listened to it, it would not convey the shear majesty and awe inspiring comradary and happiness and community that it brought on that one night that only the people there could imagine, and then it hit me that this must be only one tenth or one one hundreth of what a great show with the dead was like, and since i have finally understood what it was really all about. thank you jerry, i have never seen nor known you, but it is only a spirit like yours that lives on forever. Bisco ROCKS IT (that would be funny wouldnt it)

breadloaf Sun 8/3/2008 06:35AM
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I cherish the memories of having seen Jerry many times over a long period of time. In addition to his magical guitar improvisation and songwriting, I continue to appreciate all of the traditional tunes he essentially brought to our collective attention- songs that we might never have discovered. I simply cannot imagine what would motivate someone to be a disrespectful little punk on this thread, but will tell you in no uncertain terms that if you had been there, you would not be the same person. The Dead had a transformative appeal. I am immensely proud that Jerry Garcia continues to influence me today.

Daddyphatsacks Sun 8/3/2008 08:32AM
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"For he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow, for he's a jolly good fellow..., which nobody can deny." Happy Birthday, we all wish you were here, but look at all the magic you left behind. Thanks.

soundchaser Sun 8/3/2008 10:44AM
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Words will never be able to explain The Force of Jerry. He is greatly missed, but will never be forgotten. Hope he's happy in that great gig in the sky.

I was one of the lucky who was at the party in Petaluma where the first video is from. Likely the best Jerry related event I ever attended. What a spiritual blast it was with Olatunji and his amazing band, Santana, The Vulcan, and Vega. Serious grooves all night. Brings big smiles back to me today. Seek out the tapes...they are out there.

Peace Jerry. You will always be loved.

Steve Birdman starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/3/2008 02:34PM
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Steve Birdman

long live jerry! check out REALM FESTIVAL in new castle, co to see bill kreutzman, shakedown st, great american taxi with vince herman, bill mckay band and much more 3 nights 85 bucks....join if u love jerry

deadhead starstarstarstarstar Sun 8/3/2008 10:19PM
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happy birthday jerry i know you have not stop jamin cant wait to here the new stuff in a couple decades

kirkbrew starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 08:31AM
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The Tom Snyder interview is great. Go out on You Tube and look for more of it.

Love the Tangled Up in Blue.

"He don't got shit on Trey but he's worth remembering."

Glad to hear you chime in with the exact opposite of that Trey has said COUNTLESS times.

That is the problem in America today. Kids have no knowledge of history or how one person/event could have never come to being without predecessors. Things don’t happen in a vacuum.

You’ll figure it out one day. Hopefully sooner rather than later. Check back with us after you hit puberty.

MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 08:39AM
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Just busted out my 71' Fillmore East Cassette, I need to get these CD's.

I miss Jerry.

O1Roggae Mon 8/4/2008 09:12AM
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If you haven't read the relix interview on Jerry explaining his past lsd experiences and thoughts on the issue you should definately check it out, one of the best interviews I have read coming from jerry in a while. We all miss you and will always love you. GD forever

adamjfreed Mon 8/4/2008 09:26AM
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Happy B-Day Jerry, I was thinking about you during the Vibes. This man deserves the attention and respect of every member on this board, regardless of whether you are a Phish fan or even a Bisco fan. Jerry truly created this scene. Captain Trips was the visionary of the grateful dead. As well, Phil, Bob, Mickey, and Billy are all still doing their thing, producing amazing music for all of us. But without Jerry, would any of this be possible. The scene is thriving today, and we all owe that to Jerry. Everyone is referring to the ridiculous comment about Trey and Jerry from the bisco kid (see up above). If it wasn't for Jerry, Phish probably wouldn't even least in the same sense. Remember, they exploded after Jerry passed. The thing is while Phish becomes a thing of the past (i know, i know, they're getting back together...or whatever), the Dead lives on musically.

Taking into account that a knew neither Jerry nor Trey personally, I will post the comment that Trey doesn't have shit on Jerry, especially after he broke up his band for drugs. Jerry obviously cared more about his fans, band mates, and the scene in general. And for that, he lives on in all of our hearts.

Sixmilliondollarman Mon 8/4/2008 10:21AM
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Mr. Garcia. Thank you.

veggedout starstarstarstarstar Mon 8/4/2008 02:01PM
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Last Friday August 1 I saw "A Symphonic Tribute to the Grateful Dead" performed by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The music was great, playing Sugar Magnolia and Ripple as well as many others. There was a great slide show on the backdrop with photos of band members. Also a fantastic art display featuring Jerrys work , Jerry Garcia postage stamps and a guitar signed by band members. This will probably be the only show of its KIND!!!!!!!

futhepharmer Tue 8/5/2008 08:50AM
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If you don't understand the Jerry really don't understand our culture. It wasn't only about the music, though indeed, that was a huge part of GD lives. Back in the day, and even now, just thinking about Jerry and his sweet notes of bliss, could induce a sense of calm during even the hardest of days. I can remember hard stressful days at work in '87 and "Touch of Gray" would play on the radio and my smile would be a mile wide. Just looking at my posters of him can bring me back to the most awesome state of exhileration that was a Grateful Dead show. if you don't know....I feel sorry for you.

Now, to are one sorry, need to get a life dude. your negativity gives you away as a present day wannbe, and shows anymore are full of them. I'm not going to be negative and put down the Biscuits (though I do not enjoy their music, I do enjoy the New Deal and some other electronic bands), I must personally thank the Disco Biscuits for soaking up all the bad kind of Phish know, the pharmied-out, spunions that made you nervous on the Phish lot. Thanks for removing them from our scene. Have you ever been to a Biscuits headling show? Yeeeesh!

thanks for the oportunity to voice my opinion......peace

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FUTHEPHARMER: thank you...i couldn't have said it better myself :)