Jerry Garcia In London

Jerry Garcia's Birthday: Special Photos

The Grateful Dead's lead singer died in 1995, but his songs may be more popular than ever.

Jerome John Garcia, known to millions of music fans the world over simply as Jerry, was born August 1, 1942, in the city that will always be associated with the Grateful Dead: San Francisco. Today, while a new and Jerry-less incarnation of the band, Dead & Company, fills arenas and stadiums, Garcia's songs are finding a new generation of fans while still thrilling older generations of Deadheads. On his birthday, in photographs from throughout his long career as co-founder, songwriter, guitarist, and singer for the Dead, FOTO celebrates Jerry Garcia's life and music, onstage and off.

A LITTLE RAGGEDY Richard E. Aaron/Redferns A LITTLE RAGGEDY In New York's Central Park, 1975. LOOK AWAY Henry Diltz/Corbis via Getty Images LOOK AWAY In an undated photo from the early '70s.

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SMALL STAGE Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images SMALL STAGE The first incarnation of the Grateful Dead plays the Cafe Au Go Go in New York City on June 8, 1967. PIGTAILS? Michael Ochs Archives PIGTAILS? The Grateful Dead in San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood in 1968. HE WEARS SHORT-SHORTS Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images HE WEARS SHORT-SHORTS Garcia on September 17, 1994, at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. M.I.T. MAN Peter Simon/Getty Images M.I.T. MAN Garcia and the Dead play at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge on May 7, 1970. FACE THE MUSIC Barry Z Levine/Getty Images FACE THE MUSIC At Woodstock on August 16, 1969.
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Kirk West/Getty Images; Clayton Call/Redferns AT PLAY Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images AT PLAY With the Jerry Garcia Band on August 25, 1991, in Garberville, California. BATHING BEAUTY David Corio/Redferns BATHING BEAUTY In London on March 22, 1981. EARLY DAYS Robert Altman/Getty Images EARLY DAYS Performing in February 1970 at The Family Dog in San Francisco. GENIUS AT WORK Steve Schapiro/Corbis via Getty Images GENIUS AT WORK In an undated photo, with Einstein looking on, at the band's communal home at 710 Ashbury in San Francisco. STARS AND STRIPES Leni Sinclair/Getty Images STARS AND STRIPES The Grateful Dead play in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on August 13, 1967. ALL TOGETHER NOW Corbis/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images ALL TOGETHER NOW At the Oakland Auditorium on December 28, 1979.
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Kirk West/Getty Images; Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images FLEX TIME Baron Wolman/Getty Images FLEX TIME Photographed at the Belvedere St. Studio in San Francisco, July, 1969. LEADER OF THE BAND Deborah Feingold/Corbis via Getty Images LEADER OF THE BAND Jerry Garcia, photographed in 1987.

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