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Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux celebrates her 70th birthday today, revisit her first time sitting-in with the legendary band in 1971.
Former Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Jean Godchaux celebrates her 69th birthday today. Watch her singing lead vocals while fronting the Jerry Garcia Band in 1976.
Four members of the Grateful Dead shared the stage once again as Dead & Company was joined by Donna Jean Godchaux in New York City on Saturday.
A version of The Heart Of Gold Band featuring three of the group’s founding members will come together for a performance on Jerry Garcia’s birthday.
Four former Grateful Dead members shared the stage last night during Dead & Company’s headlining performance at Bonnaroo in Tennessee.
Donna Jean Godchaux MacKay and Chuck Leavell were among those honored with induction into the Alabama Music Hall Of Fame.
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About Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay
A native of Alabama ‘s Muscle Shoals area, Donna Jean began singing as a studio session vocalist in the 1960’s as the Muscle Shoals Sound was birthed. She was a background vocalist on a number of hit records that were recorded in Muscle Shoals and Memphis, including Suspicious Minds and In the Ghetto by Elvis Presley, R.B. Greave’s Take a Letter Maria, Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show by Neil Diamond, the Percy Sledge album When a Man Loves a Woman, as well as Boz Scaggs, (his acclaimed first solo record), and Cher’s first solo record, 3614 Jackson Highway. She also recorded with Joe Simon, Joe Tex, Ben E. King, Etta James, Dionne Warwick, and many others.
Donna Jean left the Muscle Shoals area in 1970 for San Francisco where she met her late husband, piano player Keith Godchaux. The Godchaux’s joined The Grateful Dead in 1971 and were band members through March of 1979. In the mid-70’s, Donna Jean also toured with the Jerry Garcia Band, and the band, Keith & Donna. A vocalist and songwriter, her songs were recorded with all three bands. The Godchaux’s later formed the Heart of Gold Band with drummer Greg Anton.
Donna Jean was a vocalist on The Grateful Dead’s classic recordings Europe ’72, Wake of the Flood, Mars Hotel, Blues For Allah, Terrapin Station,Shakedown Street, Jerry Garcia’s Reflections, Cats Under the Stars, and countless CD’s released from live concerts. She also appeared in The Grateful Dead movie, and videos Backstage Pass , and The Closing of Winterland.
Donna Jean toured in the late 90’s with the Donna Jean Band, and on occasions sang with Phil and Friends. Recently, she has recorded a new album by the Heart of Gold Band, entitled At The Table.
As a former member of TheGrateful Dead, Donna Jean has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her years with the band and her vocal work in the Muscle Shoals recording studios also earned her an induction into the Alabama Music Hall of Fame.