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Jerry Garcia was an American musician and guitarist, best known as one of the co-founders of the rock band, The Grateful Dead

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BirthdayAugust 1, 1942
Died onAugust 9, 1995
NationalityAmerican
FamousHispanic Musicians, Hispanic Singers, Musicians, Guitarists, Lyricists & Songwriters, Singers
SpousesCarolyn Garcia, Deborah Koons, Manasha Matheson, Sara Ruppenthal Garcia
SiblingsClifford Ramon Garcia
Known asJerome John Garcia
Childrens Annabelle Walker Garcia, Heather Garcia, Keelin Noel Garcia, Theresa Adams Garcia
Universities
  • San Francisco Art Institute
  • Balboa High School
  • Analy High School
Birth PlaceSan Francisco
ReligionCatholicism
Height178cm
GenderMale
FatherJose Ramon Garcia
MotherRuth Marie Garcia
Sun SignLeo
Born inSan Francisco
Famous asMusician
Died at Age53

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Who is Jerry Garcia?

Jerry Garcia was an American musician and guitarist, best known as one of the co-founders of the rock band, The Grateful Dead. The rock band, formed in the mid-1960s was known for its unique and eclectic style which combined elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, blues, reggae, country, and psychedelia. He rose to prominence as the group’s lead guitarist and vocalist during the counterculture era and was also considered by some to be the spokesman of the extremely popular band. For around three decades The Grateful Dead ruled over the hearts of music lovers not just in America, but all over the world. Having gained a reputation for himself as the co-founder of the extremely famous musical group, Jerry Garcia also became involved in other projects alongside, the most notable being the Jerry Garcia Band. He had a very close friendship with the bluegrass mandolinist David Grisman and often collaborated to play with him. For all his creativity and talent, Garcia had a dark side—he was a heavy smoker and addicted to drugs. A diabetic, his health suffered greatly because of his addictions and deteriorated in the 1990s. He died of a heart attack in 1995, at the age of just 53.

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Childhood & Early Life

He was born as Jerome John Garcia on August 1, 1942, to Jose Ramon "Joe" Garcia and Ruth Marie "Bobbie" in San Francisco, California. His parents were big fans of music and they named him after the composer Jerome Kern. He had one elder brother.

He loved music from a young age and was encouraged by his music-loving parents to pursue his passion.

Tragedy struck the Garcia household in 1947 when his father drowned while on a fishing trip. His mother started working to support the family and Jerry and his brother were sent to live with their grandparents. His mother eventually remarried.

He attended the Monroe Elementary School where his artistic abilities became apparent. As he grew up, he became interested in rock and roll and rhythm and blues and was inspired by the likes of Ray Charles, John Lee Hooker, B. B. King, Hank Ballard, and Chuck Berry.

As a student, he attended several schools including Menlo Oaks School, Balboa High School, and the Analy High School. He was a trouble-maker as a teenager and was notorious for skipping classes and fighting with fellow students.

In 1961, he was involved in a serious car accident in which one of his friends died. This was a wakeup call for young Jerry and he vowed to rebuild his life.

Career

Jerry Garcia decided to take his life seriously and started playing the guitar in earnest. He played with several bands over the next couple of years and also started teaching acoustic guitar and banjo. During this time he became acquainted with some other aspiring musicians and decided to form his own band.

Along with Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann, he founded the rock band, The Grateful Dead, in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band had many musical influences and made extensive use of improvisation, and is considered one of the originators of jam band music.

The band’s first two albums ‘The Grateful Dead’ (1967) and ‘Anthem of the Sun’ (1968) were moderate successes though it was their third album, ‘Aoxomoxoa’ (1969) that established them as a popular rock group. The band also used to tour a lot and play live concerts.

Over the 1970s the band became increasingly popular due to its eclectic and unique music. In addition to his career with The Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia also started taking up side projects and released his solo albums ‘Garcia’ (1972), ‘Compliments’ (1974), and ‘Reflections’ (1976).

He founded another band, The Jerry Garcia Band, in the mid-1970s. It was one of his most important side-projects and had the bassist John Kahn and keyboardist Melvin Seals. This band too played rock music infused with elements of blues, folk, country, and jazz.

The 1980s was a very difficult period for Garcia. He had become addicted to drugs because of which his health declined considerably. This also impacted his musical career negatively and thus he was not much productive during this decade.

He returned to his past glory in the 1990s when he teamed up with the bluegrass/newgrass mandolinist and composer David Grisman to release the albums ‘Garcia/Grisman’ (1991) and ‘Not for Kids Only’ (1993).

Major Work

Jerry Garcia is best remembered as one of the co-founders of the rock band, The Grateful Dead. The band was very popular for their live performances and improvisational style, and were ranked 57th in the issue The Greatest Artists of all Time by ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine. The Grateful Dead have sold more than 35 million albums worldwide.

Awards & Achievements

Jerry Garcia was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead in 1994.

He was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone's "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story

Personal Life & Legacy

Jerry Garcia married Sara Ruppenthal Garcia in 1963 and had one daughter. He became involved with another woman, Carolyn Adams, while still married to Sara leading to their divorce in 1967.

Carolyn gave birth to two daughters in the 1970s. Garcia married Carolyn in 1981. He started a relationship with Deborah Koons while he was still involved with Carolyn.

Garcia and Carolyn Adams officially divorced in 1994 and he married Deborah Koons.

Jerry Garcia struggled with drug addiction and heavy smoking. He was also a diabetic, and his addictions aggravated his health problems. He died of a heart attack on August 9, 1995, at the age of just 53.

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Jerry Garcia biography timelines

  • // 1st Aug 1942
    He was born as Jerome John Garcia on August 1, 1942, to Jose Ramon "Joe" Garcia and Ruth Marie "Bobbie" in San Francisco, California. His parents were big fans of music and they named him after the composer Jerome Kern. He had one elder brother.
  • // 1947
    Tragedy struck the Garcia household in 1947 when his father drowned while on a fishing trip. His mother started working to support the family and Jerry and his brother were sent to live with their grandparents. His mother eventually remarried.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, he was involved in a serious car accident in which one of his friends died. This was a wakeup call for young Jerry and he vowed to rebuild his life.
  • // 1963 To 1967
    Jerry Garcia married Sara Ruppenthal Garcia in 1963 and had one daughter. He became involved with another woman, Carolyn Adams, while still married to Sara leading to their divorce in 1967.
  • // 1965
    Along with Bob Weir, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, Phil Lesh, and Bill Kreutzmann, he founded the rock band, The Grateful Dead, in 1965 in Palo Alto, California. The band had many musical influences and made extensive use of improvisation, and is considered one of the originators of jam band music.
  • // 1967 To 1969
    The band’s first two albums ‘The Grateful Dead’ (1967) and ‘Anthem of the Sun’ (1968) were moderate successes though it was their third album, ‘Aoxomoxoa’ (1969) that established them as a popular rock group. The band also used to tour a lot and play live concerts.
  • // 1972 To 1976
    Over the 1970s the band became increasingly popular due to its eclectic and unique music. In addition to his career with The Grateful Dead Jerry Garcia also started taking up side projects and released his solo albums ‘Garcia’ (1972), ‘Compliments’ (1974), and ‘Reflections’ (1976).
  • // 1981
    Carolyn gave birth to two daughters in the 1970s. Garcia married Carolyn in 1981. He started a relationship with Deborah Koons while he was still involved with Carolyn.
  • // 1991 To 1993
    He returned to his past glory in the 1990s when he teamed up with the bluegrass/newgrass mandolinist and composer David Grisman to release the albums ‘Garcia/Grisman’ (1991) and ‘Not for Kids Only’ (1993).
  • // 1994
    Jerry Garcia was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Grateful Dead in 1994.
  • // 1994
    Garcia and Carolyn Adams officially divorced in 1994 and he married Deborah Koons.
  • // 9th Aug 1995
    Jerry Garcia struggled with drug addiction and heavy smoking. He was also a diabetic, and his addictions aggravated his health problems. He died of a heart attack on August 9, 1995, at the age of just 53.

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Jerry Garcia's FAQ

  • What is Jerry Garcia birthday?

    Jerry Garcia was born at 1942-08-01

  • When was Jerry Garcia died?

    Jerry Garcia was died at 1995-08-09

  • Where was Jerry Garcia died?

    Jerry Garcia was died in Forest Knolls, Marin County, California

  • Which age was Jerry Garcia died?

    Jerry Garcia was died at age 53

  • Where is Jerry Garcia's birth place?

    Jerry Garcia was born in San Francisco

  • What is Jerry Garcia nationalities?

    Jerry Garcia's nationalities is American

  • Who is Jerry Garcia spouses?

    Jerry Garcia's spouses is Carolyn Garcia, Deborah Koons, Manasha Matheson, Sara Ruppenthal Garcia

  • Who is Jerry Garcia siblings?

    Jerry Garcia's siblings is Clifford Ramon Garcia

  • Who is Jerry Garcia childrens?

    Jerry Garcia's childrens is Annabelle Walker Garcia, Heather Garcia, Keelin Noel Garcia, Theresa Adams Garcia

  • What was Jerry Garcia universities?

    Jerry Garcia studied at San Francisco Art Institute, Balboa High School, Analy High School

  • What is Jerry Garcia's religion?

    Jerry Garcia's religion is Catholicism

  • How tall is Jerry Garcia?

    Jerry Garcia's height is 178

  • Who is Jerry Garcia's father?

    Jerry Garcia's father is Jose Ramon Garcia

  • Who is Jerry Garcia's mother?

    Jerry Garcia's mother is Ruth Marie Garcia

  • What is Jerry Garcia's sun sign?

    Jerry Garcia is Leo

  • How famous is Jerry Garcia?

    Jerry Garcia is famouse as Musician