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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include producer Arif Mardin, who was born in 1932 (age 71); Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh in 1940 (age 63); Mike Love of the Beach Boys in 1941 (age 62); Sly Stone, whose real name is Sylvester Stewart, and David Costell of Gary Lewis
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

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It's Only Rock 'n' Roll

The Gov't Mule saga continues. Guitarist Warren Haynes, leader of the power trio spinoff from the Allman Brothers Band, nearly decided to pack it in after his s
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

Phish is set to treat its fans with a reunion after a two-year break during which various members did a lot of playing with a variety of other musicians.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The Rolling Stones will headline one of the hottest shows on their "Forty Licks" tour Saturday, also featuring John Mellencamp and Robin Williams, but you can't get in unless you know Texas billionaire David Bonderman, a founding partner of buyout special
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Feature: Grateful Dead lives

The Grateful Dead has been gone since guitarist Jerry Garcia passed away in 1995. But its music, its sales and its members remain very much alive and seemingly
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Jazz Condition -- UPI Arts & Entertainment

A column that looks at someone, something significant to jazz.
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Rock News Two: The week in pop

New York Post columnist reported Madonna has a bit of theater critic in her. Boy George's semi-autobiographic play "Taboo," a hit in London and heading for Broadway, had a character that resembled Madonna in its original book before the Material Girl got
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Sting, James Taylor, John Mellencamp, Sheryl Crow, and Don Henley were all on hand Monday to pay tribute to Timothy White, the late editor in chief of Billboard Magazine.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The Rolling Stones launched their 40th anniversary tour at Boston's Fleet Center with the self-assured cockiness of a band that knows how good it still is, playing a set of hits including "Satisfaction," "Jumping Jack Flash," "Street Fighting Man," "Brown
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

R. Kelly was cleared to leave Illinois to perform in Miami over the weekend. The singer was ordered to surrender his passport and avoid illegal contact with minors.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News Two: The week in pop

The "Terrapin Station" reunion of surviving Grateful Dead members took place in Wisconsin under heavy police scrutiny to allay the fears of local officials that Deadheads would overrun the place.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising" (Columbia) debuted at No. 1 on the British album chart and is expected to follow suit in the United States when strong opening-week numbers are counted.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International
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Phil Lesh
Phil Lesh performs in concert at the Mizner Park Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida on June 22, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)
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Phillip Chapman Lesh (born March 15, 1940 in Berkeley, California) is a musician and a founding member of the Grateful Dead, with whom he played bass guitar throughout their 30-year career.

After the band's disbanding in 1995, Lesh continued the tradition of Grateful Dead family music with side project Phil Lesh and Friends, which paid homage to the Dead's music by playing their originals, common covers, and the songs of the members of his band. Phil & Friends helped keep a legitimate entity for the band's music to continue but have been on hiatus since 2008. Recently, Lesh has been performing with Furthur alongside former Dead bandmate Bob Weir.

Although Lesh started out as a violin player, in high school he switched to trumpet. Studying under Bob Hansen, he had a keen interest in avant-garde classical music and free jazz; he also studied under the Italian modernist Luciano Berio at Mills College (classmates included minimalist composer Steve Reich, and future Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten). While still a college student he met then-bluegrass banjo player Jerry Garcia. Despite antipodal musical interests, they formed a friendship and eventually Lesh was talked into becoming the bass guitarist for Garcia's new rock group, then known as the Warlocks. According to Lesh, the first song he rehearsed with the band was "I Know You Rider". He joined them for their third or fourth gig (memories vary) and stayed until the end. Lesh noticed that another group had made a record under the name Warlocks when he found their single on Columbia Records at a record store . It turns out that the band "The Warlocks" on that single also ended up changing their name to The Velvet Underground. He suggested to the other band members that they change their name.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Phil Lesh."
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