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Love and respect at bluesman's wake

ST.LOUIS, Mo., April 22 (UPI) -- There was a lot of love and respect shown at bluesman Johnnie Johnson's musicians' wake in St. Louis -- but no one should be surprised.

'Jerry Garcia Day' in Palo Alto, Calif.

PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Saturday was "Jerry Garcia Day" in Palo Alto, Calif., where the late singer's roots run deep.

The Almanac

Today is Saturday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2004 with 76 to follow.
By United Press International

Spencer Dryden benefit concert on Saturday

SAN FRANCISCO, May 21 (UPI) -- A musical icon of the 1960s, Spencer Dryden, the drummer for Jefferson Starship, is hoping a benefit concert in San Francisco will help him get heart surgery.

The Almanac

Today is Thursday, Oct. 16, the 289th day of 2003 with 76 to follow.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 29-April 4.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Muddy Waters, whose real name was McKinley Morganfield, who was born in 1915; Hugh Masekela in 1939 (age 64); Major Lance in 1941 (age 62); Tangerine Dream's Christoph Franke in 1942 (age 61); Berry Oakley of the Allman Brothers
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Tennessee Ernie Ford, who was born in 1919; songwriter Boudleaux Bryant was born in 1920; Gene Ames of the Ames Brothers in 1925 (age 78); Dotty McGuire of the McGuire Sisters in 1930 (age 73); country's Razzy Bailey in 1939 (age
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Feb. 8-14.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include the late Terry Kath of Chicago, who was born in 1946; Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, also in 1946 (age 57); "K.C.," a.k.a. Harry Wayne Casey, leader of K.C. and the Sunshine Band, in 1951 (age 52); guitarist Phil Manzanera
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for January 25-31.
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Rex Allen, the "Arizona Cowboy," who was born in 1924 (age 78); folksinger Odetta in 1930 (age 72); Police guitarist Andy Summers in 1942 (age 60); the late John Denver in 1943; original Kinks bassist Peter Quaife, also in 1943 (
By United Press International

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for Dec. 28-Jan. 3.
By United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop music

New Orleans rockers The Radiators partied with a group of fans at the Atlantis Resort complex in the Bahamas. The "Aztec Vacation" theme party was arranged by graphic artist Kingsley Stoken, whose colorful poster designs are the calling card of his Radia
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Warren Haynes of Gov't Mule and the Allman Brothers has finalized the list for his annual Christmas benefit show. The guitarist's 14th annual Christmas Jam, Dec. 21 in Asheville, N.C., will feature performances by Gov't Mule, John Hiatt & the Goners, moe.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Bob Weir (born Robert Hall Weir, October 16, 1947) is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, most recognized as a founding member of the Grateful Dead. After the Grateful Dead disbanded, Weir performed with The Other Ones, later known as The Dead, together with other former members of the Grateful Dead. Weir also founded and played in several other bands during and after his career with the Grateful Dead, including Kingfish, the Bob Weir Band, Bobby and the Midnites, RatDog, and his newest band Furthur.

Weir played mostly rhythm guitar during his career with the Grateful Dead. He is known for his unique style of complex voiceleading, bringing unusual depth and a new approach to the role of rhythm guitar expression.

Weir was born in San Francisco, California and raised by his adoptive parents in the suburb of Atherton. He began playing guitar at age thirteen after less successful experimentation with the piano and the trumpet. He had trouble in school because of undiagnosed dyslexia and he was expelled from nearly every school he attended, including Menlo Atherton High School in Atherton. One of these was the Fountain Valley School in Colorado, where, during the ’63 Spring term, he was trained for a career in music by his headmaster-assigned guidance counselor and roommate Chalmers “Chip” Wood, who later deeded him John Perry Barlow as a stop-gap mentor. John Perry Barlow, along with Robert Hunter, would in time become the two main lyricists for the Grateful Dead. On New Year's Eve, 1963, 16-year-old Weir and another underage friend were wandering the back alleys of Palo Alto, looking for a club that would admit them, when they heard banjo music. They followed the music to its source, Dana Morgan's Music Store. Here, a young Jerry Garcia, oblivious to the date, was waiting for his students to arrive. Weir and Garcia spent the night playing music together and then decided to form a band. The Beatles significantly influenced their musical direction. "The Beatles were why we turned from a jug band into a rock 'n' roll band," said Bob Weir. "What we saw them doing was impossibly attractive. I couldn't think of anything else more worth doing" Originally called Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions, the band was later renamed The Warlocks and eventually the Grateful Dead.

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