Playlist Compiles 16 Hours Of Grateful Dead Cover Song Debuts


Hot on the heels of a playlist containing the live debuts of every Grateful Dead original we reported on earlier this week comes a playlist featuring 16 hours worth of Jerry Garcia & Co. debuting covers between 1966 and 1995. Included within is a mix of rarities and songs that were regularly played by the band such as “Morning Dew,” “Peggy-O,” “Samson & Delilah” and “I Know You Rider.”

As with the originals playlist, this one was put together by Eyesoftheworld94. Here’s a description of what you’ll hear in the playlist below:

This playlist aims to show most of the Dead’s influences from ’66-’95 through live recordings and sound checks, in chronological order by performance/date. This shows the transitions they went through from 1966, garage/primal Dead, to Acoustic Dead, Dylan in the mid-80s, & back to their roots by ’95 by covering the likes of Willie Dixon, The Beatles, Buddy Holly, The Rolling Stones, and many other artists.

But, this DOES NOT include any covers of songs that were only performed with guests (like Joan Baez, Dylan, the Allman Brothers,etc.) I know that I’m missing only a few once-performed cover songs because of that decision (That’s All Right Mama,Goodnight Irene, It Takes A Lot To Laugh, etc) , but I didn’t want to have an overlapping performances list with/ without guests & rather have them both separately.) This post is SPECIFICALLY Grateful Dead-Only Cover Debut Performances.

The playlist is assembled in chronological order starting with the Dead’s take on “I’m A King Bee” by Slim Harpo from January 8, 1966 and running through a portion of “Jesu Joy” from a soundcheck on July 2, 1995. All told, there are 183 different tracks.

I’m a King Bee [orig. Slim Harpo, 1957/Rolling Stones, 1964] 1/8/66
Im a Hog For You Baby (The Coasters) – 1/8/66
Death Don’t Have No Mercy (Rev. Gary Davis, 1960) 1/8/66
One Kind Favour (Blind Lemon Jefferson) 2/12/66
She’s On the Road again (Trad.) (2/25/66)
Next Time You See Me (2/25/66)
I know You Rider (Traditional) 2/25/66
Cold Rain & Snow (Traditional) 2/25/66
Stealin (Memphis Jug Band) – 2/25/66
Viola Lee Blues [Cannon’s Jug Stompers, 1928] 3/19/66
It’s a Sin [Jimmy Reed, 1958] 3/19/66
Beat It On Down The Line (Jesse Fuller, 1961) 3/19/66
Heads Up (Freddie King) (3/19/66)
Midnight Hour [Wilson Pickett, 1965] 3/19/66
It Hurts Me Too [Elmore James, 1958] (5/19/66)
Sitting on Top of the World (Mississippi Sheiks)(5/19/66)
New Minglewood Blues [Noah Lewis Jug Band, (5/19/66)
Silver Threads and Golden Needles [Wanda Jackson, 1956] (5/19/66)
It’s all Over Now Baby Blue [Dylan, 1965] (5/19/66)
Good Lovin’ [The Olympics, 1965] – (5/19/66)
Dancing In The Street [Martha & The Vandellas] 7/3/66
He was a Friend Of Mine [Traditional] 7/3/66
Big Boss Man [Jimmy Reed] – 7/3/66
Don’t Mess Up A Good Thing (Oliver Sain) 7/3/66
Gangster Of Love (Johnny Guitar Watson)- 7/3/66
In the Pines (Traditional) – 7/16/66
Nobodys Fault But Mine (Blind Willie Johnson, 1926)
Don’t Ease Me In (Traditional) 7/16/66
Pain In my Heart (Naomi Neville) 7/16/66
Good Morning Little School Girl (Sonny Boy Williamson/Junior Wells, 1965) 07/16/66
The Lindy (Overseas Stomp) (Memphis Jug Band) – 9/16/66
Hi Heel Sneakers (Tommy Tucker, 1964) 11/19/66
The Same Thing (Willie Dixon)11/19/66
Smokestack Lightning (Howlin’ Wolf, 1956) 11/19/66
Me And My uncle (John Phillips] 11/29/66
Big Boy Pete ( The Olympics, 1960) 11/29/66
Early Morning Rain (Gordon Lightfoot) 11/29/66
Something On Your Mind (Big Jay McNeely) (11/29/66)
I Just Want To Make Love To You (Willie Dixon) 11/29/66
You Don’t Love Me (Willie Cobb) 12/1/66
Deep Elem Blues (Traditional) 12/1/66

Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson, 1962) 3/18/67
Turn On Your Love Light (Bobby Bland, 1961) 7/23/67

And We Bid you Goodnight (Traditional) 3/16/68
Death Letter Blues (Sam House, 1965) 10/30/68

Hey Jude (Beatles, 1968) 2/11/69
Not Fade Away (Buddy Holly, 1957) 2/19/69
Hard To Handle (Otis Redding, 1968) 3/15/69
Green Grass of Home (Porter Wagoner, 1965) 5/31/69
Old Old House (George Jones) 6/20-21/69
Ol Slewfoot (Bill Monroe) 6/21/69
Mama Tried (Merle Haggard, 1968) 6/21/69
Let Me In (Gene Crysler) 7/4/69
Seasons of My Heart (George Jones, 1955) 8/2/69
New Orleans (Guido, Royster) >Searchin (Leiber, Stoller) 8/29/69
It’s All Over Now (Rolling Stones) 9/6/69
Monkey & The Engineer (Jesse Fuller) 12/19/69
Little Sadie (Traditional) 12/19/69
Gathering Flowers for the Master’s Banquet (Marvin Baumgardner) 12/26/69
The Race Is On (Don Rollins) – 12/31/69

Long Black Limousine (Vern Stovall/Bobby George) 1/31/70
Saw Mill (Mel Tillis) – 1/31/70
Wake Up Little Susie (Everly Brothers) – 2/13/70
Katie Mae (Lightnin Hopkins) 2/13/70
Dark Hollow (Traditional) 2/14/70
Ive Been All Around This World (Trad.) (2/14/70)
Walking the Dog (Rufus Thomas) – (3/21/70)
It’s a Man’s Man’s World (James Brown) 4/9/70
Ain’t It Crazy (The Rub) (Lightnin Hopkins) 4/1870
Roberta (Trad.) – 4/18/70
Shotgun (Hopkins) – 4/18/70
Flood (Hooker) – 4/18/70
Black Snake (Hooker) – (4/18/70)
Frozen Logger (Stevens/Hagland) 5/7/70
She’s Mine (Hopkins) (5/15/70)
Ballad of Casey Jones (Traditional) – 5/15/70
Louie Louie (Richard Berry) 6/7/1970
Big Railroad Blues (Noah Lewis) 6/24/70
El Paso (Marty Robbins) 7/11/70
So Sad To Watch Good Love Go Bad (Everly Brothers) – 7/11/70
Rosa Lee McFall (Bill Monroe) – 7/11/70
How Long Blues (Carr/Stokes) – 7/12/70
Tell It To Me (Cocaine Blues) (Traditional) – 7/12/70
Goin Down The Road Feelin’ Bad (Trad.) 10/10/70 (instr.),
Going Down The Road (with lyrics) -(10/11/70)
Mystery Train (Phillips/Parker) 11/8/70
My Babe (Willie Dixon) 11/8/70
Around and Around (Chuck Berry) 11/8/70
Me and Bobby McGee (Kristofferson) 11/29/70

Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry) 1/22/71
Sing Me Back Home (Merle Haggard) 4/5/71
Oh Boy (West,Tilghman,Holly) 4/6/71
I Second That Emotion (Smokey Robinson) 4/8/71
Promised Land (Chuck Berry) 5/29/71
Hideaway (Freddie King) 11/7/71
You Win Again (Hank Williams) 11/14/71
Run Rudolph Run (Chuck Berry) – 12/4/71
I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water (Joe Babcock) 12/5/71
Mannish Boy (Im a Man) (Bo Diddley)- 12/15/1971
Big River (Cash) 12/31/71

How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Holland) 3/25/72
Are You Lonely for Me Baby? (Bert Berns) 3/25/72
Sidewalks of New York (Blake/ Lawlor) 3/28/72
Rockin Pneumonia (Vincent/Smith) 5/23/72
Tomorrow Is Forever (Dolly Parton) 9/24/72

You Ain’t Woman Enough (Loretta Lynn) 2/15/73
Peggy-O (Traditional) 12/10/73
Wang Dang Doodle (Willie Dixon) 10/23/73 (Soundcheck)
Blue Suede Shoes (soundcheck) (Carl Perkins) 12/1/73
Working Man Blues (soundcheck) (Merle Haggard) – 12/1/1973
Rip It Up (Soundcheck) (Little Richard) 12/12/73
Thirty Days (soundcheck) (Chuck Berry) – 12/12/73

Let It Rock (Chuck Berry) 6/23/74

Samson and Delilah (traditional) 6/3/76

Got My Mojo Working (Muddy Waters) 4/22/77
Jack A Roe (trad.) 5/13/77
Iko Iko (Trad.) 5/15/77

Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon) 4/19/78
Ollin Agareed – (9/13/78)
Tom Dooley (Traditional) – 11/17/78
KC Moan (Traditional) 11/17/1978

Gloria Jam (Them) 11/9/79
C.C Rider (Traditional) 12/1/79

Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon)- 8/19/80
Oh Babe it Ain’t No Lie (Elizabeth Cotton) 9/25/80
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (The Rolling Stones) – 11/26/80
Young Blood (Soundcheck 12/30/80)

Man Smart, Woman Smarter (Norman Span) – 7/2/81
Spoonful (Willie Dixon) – 10/15/81
Baby Hully Gully (Smith, Goldsmith) – 10/16/81
Mack The Knife (Brecht, Blitzestien, Weill) – 11/30/81

Dear Prudence/”Strawberry Fields” (Jam) (Beatles) – 3/13/82

Revolution (Beatles) 10/12/83

Dear Mr Fantasy (Winwood,Capaldi,Wood) – 6/14/84
Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?(Beatles) – 6/27/84
Gimme Some Lovin (Winwood/Davis) 11/2/84
Down In The Bottom (Willie Dixon) – 11/3/84
Day Tripper (Beatles) – 12/28/84

Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues (Bob Dylan) 3/27/85
She Belongs To Me (Bob Dylan) 4/4/85
Keep On Growing – 6/14/85
Kansas City (Leiber, Stoller) 10/28/85
The Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) (Bob Dylan) – 12/30/85

Visions of Johanna (Bob Dylan) – 3/19/ 1986
Im a Road Runner – 3/21/86
Desolation Row (Bob Dylan) 3/25/86

Get Back (The Beatles) 1/28/87
When i Paint My Masterpiece (Bob Dylan) 6/13/87
All Along The Watchtower (Bob Dylan) 6/20/87
Hey Pocky Way (traditional) – 9/9/87
Devil with Blue Dress (Long, Stevenson)- 9/9/87
Good Golly Miss Molly (Blackwell, Marascalo) – 9/9/87
Fever (Davenport,Cooley) – 9/13/87

Stir it Up (Bob Marley) 3/26/1988
So What (Miles Davis) 3/27/88
Let The Good Times Roll (Sam Cooke) – 4/30/88
Blackbird (Beatles) 6/23/88

California Earthquake (Rodney Crowell) – (10/20/89)

The Last Time (The Rolling Stones) – 2/25/90
The Weight (The Band) 3/28/90
Stander on the Mountain (Bruce Hornsby) 10/28/90

That Would Be Something (McCartney) – 9/25/91

Baba O’Riley (The Who) 5/19/92
Tomorrow Never Knows (Beatles) 5/19/92
Rain (Beatles) 12/2/92

Broken Arrow (Robbie Robertson) 2/23/93
I Fought The Law (Sonny Curtis) – 3/14/93
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds (Beatles) 3/17/93
Aint That Peculiar (Soundcheck) (Robinson et al.) 6/25/93

I Want To Tell You (Beatles) 7/1/94
Matilda Matilda (Norman Span) 7/20/94
A Day in the Life (Beatles) 7/26/94

It’s All Too Much (Beatles) 3/18/95
When a Man Loves a Woman (Soundcheck) (Lewis, Wright) 3/28/1995
Neighbour Neighbour (Soundcheck) (Valier.Meaux) 3/28/1995
Paperback Writer (Soundcheck) (Beatles) – 3/28/1995
Take Me To The River (Al Green, Mabon Hodges) 4/1/95
Tough Mama (Bob Dylan) (5/24/95)
Rollin and Tumblin (Muddy Waters) 6/15/95
Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon) (Soundcheck) – 7/2/95
Jesu Joy (7/2/95)