Remembering Jerry Garcia: ‘Jerry Wept’ Compilation
Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia was born on August 1, 1942 and died on August 9, 1995 at the age of 53. For 25 years, the “Days Between” Garcia’s birthday and the anniversary of his untimely death have been an annual period of reflection and admiration for the legendary musician’s career. To conclude JamBase’s honoring the Days Between Garcia’s birthday and today’s somber anniversary, we are resharing the article below for this week’s edition of Sunday Cinema.
Originally published on August 9, 2017, the article presented a video compiled by YouTuber Jimi Zappa called Jerry Wept. The 75-minute montage features Jerry at his best during the ’90s.
Jerry Wept starts with chilling thoughts from Garcia about how he wanted to be remembered. Up next is a gorgeous rendition of “Peggy-O” from the Grateful Dead’s June 26, 1994 concert at the Silver Bowl in Las Vegas and Jer belting “Wharf Rat” at a Bill Graham tribute show in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on November 3, 1991. The compilation continues with a beautiful “Stella Blue” from June 14, 1991 and a memorable cover of Bob Dylan’s “Visions Of Johanna” at The Spectrum on March 18, 1995.
Clips from interviews are mixed in between performance footage. Jerry Wept rolls on with Garcia’s spine-chilling rendition of “China Doll” from the Dead’s June 16, 1990 concert at Shoreline and “I Shall Be Released” from a Jerry Garcia Band show on September 1, 1990 at the same venue. Carlos Santana makes a cameo ahead of Garcia belting “Standing On The Moon” on July 6, 1990 at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. Jerry Wept concludes with “So Many Roads” from the final Grateful Dead gig (July 9, 1995 at Chicago’s Soldier Field).
Watch Jerry Wept:
Playlist: Interview, Peggy-O (6/26/94), Interview, Wharf Rat (11/3/91), Interview, Stella Blue (6/14/91), Interview, Visions Of Johanna (3/18/95), Interview, China Doll (6/16/90), Interview, I Shall Be Released (9/1/90), Interview, Standing On The Moon ( 7/6/90), Interview, So Many Roads (7/9/95)