How the World’s Most Famous Bands Got Their Names

Grateful Dead

For 30 years, Grateful Dead produced one of the most memorable sounds the world has ever heard. Mixing classic rock with psychedelic rock, folk, jazz, country, and even gospel, Grateful Dead captivated the world and grew a massive fanbase known as ‘Deadheads.’ For an understanding of how their name came to be, let’s take a look at a quote from Blair Jackson — Grateful Dead: The Music Never Stopped biographer — about lead guitarist Jerry Garcia’s discovery:

“One day we were over at Phil’s house…He had a big dictionary. I opened it and there was ‘Grateful Dead’, those words juxtaposed. It was one of those moments, you know, like everything else went blank, diffuse, just sort of oozed away, and there was GRATEFUL DEAD in big, black letters edged all around in gold, man, blasting out at me, such a stunning combination. So I said, ‘How about Grateful Dead?’ And that was it.”

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