The Grateful Dead were an American rock band that formed in 1965 in
Northern California. They came to fame as part of author Ken Kesey's
Acid Tests, a series of multimedia happenings centered around
then-legal LSD. Famed for their concerts, the band performed more than
2,300 shows over thirty years, disbanding after the death of lead
guitarist Jerry Garcia in August 1995. Although their only Top 10 hit,
"Touch of Grey," charted in 1987, their popularity was based on
concerts, and in their last decade they consistently placed in the top
five tours every year. Known for the range of their repertoire and the
caliber of their compositions, the Dead's songbook has been covered by
a wide range of other musicians, from Bob Dylan to Jane's Addiction.
They released thirteen studio albums and nine contemporary live albums
during their career, and more than 100 live releases since then. They
were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
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