Jerry Garcia

  • Birth Name: Jerome John Garcia
  • Birth Place: San Fernando, California, United States
  • Died: August 9, 1995
  • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
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  • As a child, had part of a finger cut off by his older brother, Clifford, in a wood-chopping accident.
  • Father, Jose, drowned while fishing when Garcia was 5.
  • Dropped out of high school at 17; subsequently joined the Army, but was discharged after less than a year of service.
  • Originally formed the Grateful Dead under the name the Warlocks in the mid-1960s; the rechristened band went on to release numerous platinum albums and develop a cult of devoted followers known as "Deadheads."
  • Wrote the music for his Dead songs, while poet Robert Hunter penned most of the lyrics.
  • Directed the concert film The Grateful Dead (1977) and the video for the Dead's 1987 hit "Touch of Grey" in an attempt to build up his directorial chops to adapt Kurt Vonnegut's novel The Sirens of Titan.
  • Lapsed into a diabetic coma in 1986 for several days; had to relearn how to play guitar after recovering.
  • Funeral was held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Belvedere, CA; one of Garcia's signature songs was called "St. Stephen."

Relationships

  • Heather Garcia — Daughter
  • Carolyn Adams — Ex-wife
  • Annabelle Walker — Daughter
  • Ruth Marie Garcia — Mother
  • Trixie Garcia — Daughter
  • Deborah Koons Garcia — Wife
  • Keelin Noel — Daughter
  • Manasha Matheson — Ex-significant Other
  • Jose Ramon Garcia — Father
  • Clifford Garcia — Brother
  • Sara Ruppenthal — Ex-wife

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