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I would suggest

checking out some of the excellent books, e.g. Dennis McNally's Long Strange Trip and Blair Jackson's Garcia: An American Life, for lots and lots of info. Not to mention the latest version of DeadBase, which will give you a pretty good sense of what was played when.

It's been a while since I've heard "Can't Come Down," but my recollection is a)yes, it's early and b)several of them are singing at once.

Officially the band was founded in 1965. Various subsets of the lineup played together at various times before that, often with other people who remained part of the scene one way or another.

To oversimplify a whole lot!

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Could I get some info about the band when they started out?

Hey all,

I haven't been on here in a while. I wasn't sure where to ask my questions.

Could I get some info about the Grateful Dead when they first started out as in the 60s? I do know they are dated back around 1965-1967? Was it Jerry that was actually singing some of the songs such as Can't Come Down, and Stealin' to name those two songs? Or who was actually the lead vocals at that time? I know people where I live doesn't believe it that the music I have on is the Grateful Dead. I'm guessing why they don't believe me is because it doesn't sound like the band, and it doesn't sound like Jerry. I'm just guessing why.

Thank you,

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Hey Jerry

Hope you enjoy being reunited with your old buddy...

RIP Tom Davis

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My bad

Missing a page from Dead Base

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Warfield 15 Show Run

Actually, it did happen - I was there for most of 'em!

9/25 through 10/14, 1980 - 15 shows, 3 sets each (1 acoustic).

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@Ed's Blog

The Grateful Dead did not do a 15 show run at the Warfield. The entire series of acoustic shows totaled 17: Seven at the Warfield; Two at the Saenger; Eight at Radio City. the longest run of the Grateful Dead was nine. They did that twice at the Madison Square Garden in 1988 and 1991.

The Warlocks, two months away from becoming the Grateful Dead, did a 30 show stint at the In Room in Belmont, CA starting in September of 1965.

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I don't really recall

that any one particular thing happened, but people sure had a lot of arcane theories about what they should be doing at any given moment.

My vague recollection is that the actual convergence was closer to the Park City show than Telluride, but that may be an error. In the interim between those shows, I think.

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So, what happened

at the harmonica convention (as a friend of mine called it) back in 87 at Telluride? Did everybody hold their breath and turn blue? I could tell a story about the supposed harmonic convergence but it wouldn't have anything to do with the Grateful Dead...

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not

that Ed is a new fan, but a lot of the Furthur audience is. A growing number of that audience wasn't born when Jerry passed.

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yeah well...

having survived the highly overhyped Harmonica Virgins (aka The Harmonic Convergence), I'm not so sure about the cosmology, but I'm kinda glad there are new fans coming along making an impassioned and closely reasoned case for the importance of Furthur on their own merits.

I mean, for a while in my early days there I preferred the Jerry Band to the Dead, too. There are no right and wrong answers here...

Also, I don't know about you, but I never saw Jerry without knowing how fleeting this was and how lucky we were (not that this was necessarily topmost in one's mind while getting soaked and trampled in the rain, but you get the drift), and I think the new Furthur crowd probably has some of the same thing going on, even though they've got a lot more options in the current festival/jamband/etc. scene.

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