Through The Years: Jerry Garcia 1962 – 1995

On the occasion of what would’ve been his 70th birthday, our latest installment of the long-running Through The Years series focuses on Jerry Garcia. For this edition we spent a few hours diving deep into YouTube’s collection of videos in an attempt to put together an interesting playlist that includes clips even the most fervent of Deadheads may not have come across.

[Photo via MSG’s Facebook page]

We start off with an audio-only clip from 1962 of Jer singing Man of Constant Sorrow by him lonesome and continue with another audio-only clip of Garcia performing Long Black Veil with his first wife, Sara. More audio-only entries from the ’60s include a rare tape of Captain Trips giving a banjo lesson, the Dead rehearsing Viola Lee Blues and a news documentary on “The Hippie Movement” featuring appearances from Garcia, Phil Lesh and Bob Weir.

As we enter the ’70s we feature Garcia and Weir teaming up with Janis Joplin and The Band’s Rick Danko for a drunken take on Ain’t No More Cane from Festival Express and a poignant Sing Me Back Home from the Grateful Dead’s first-ever show in Europe. Other ’70s highlights include a rare JG interview from 1972, black-and-white footage from the Dead’s August 4, 1976 show at Roosevelt Stadium and Jerry singing Row Jimmy in from of The Pyramids in Egypt.

Playlist: Jerry Garcia – Through The Years

Highlights from the ’80s and ’90s include a JGB set from Passaic’s Capitol Theatre, Jerry and Bob’s appearance on NBC’s Tomorrow Show as well as the next year on the replacement Late Night with David Letterman, plus full shows from 1983 and 1984. There’s also Garcia hamming it up during a Terrapin from ’87 and a Wheel from ’88 as well as Jer sitting in with Los Lobos on a pair of Creedence Clearwater Revival tunes, a montage from the Grateful Dead’s Summer 1993 Tour put together by management and Jerry’s last known film interview.

Here’s the full listing of the clips included in Through The Years – Jerry Garcia…

1962: Jerry Garcia A Capella – Man of Constant Sorrow A Capella
1963: Jerry and Sara Garcia – Long Black Veil
1964: Jerry Garcia – Private Banjo Lesson
1965: The Warlocks – Caution (Do Not Step On The Tracks)
1966: Grateful Dead – Viola Lee Blues Rehearsal
1967: News Feature on Hippie Movement featuring Jerry, Phil and Bobby
1968: Grateful Dead @ Columbia Revolt
1969: Jerry Garcia Backstage at Woodstock
1970: Rick Danko, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Janis Joplin – Ain’t No More Cane
1971: Grateful Dead – Sing Me Back Home @ Chateau d’Herouville
1972: Jerry Garcia – Interview in Copenhagen
1973: Silent Super 8 Footage of Grateful Dead @ RFK Stadium
1974: Grateful Dead – Eyes of the World (Grateful Dead Movie)
1975: Grateful Dead – Help > Slipknot! > Franklin’s
1976: Grateful Dead – First Set @ Roosevelt Stadium – 08/04/1976
Sugaree, New Minglewood Blues, Row Jimmy, Big River, Loser, Looks Like Rain, They Love Each Other, The Music Never Stopped, Scarlet Begonias
1977: Grateful Dead – Partial Second Set @ Winterland – 12/30/1977
Estimated Prophet, Eyes Of The World, St. Stephen, Sugar Magnolia, Sunshine Daydream
1978: Grateful Dead – Row Jimmy @ Egypt Pyramids
1979: Grateful Dead – Entire Show @ Oakland Aud Arena – 08/05/1979
Set One – Mississippi Half Step, Franklin’s Tower, Me & My Uncle, Big River, Candyman, It’s All Over Now, Brown Eyed Women, Lost Sailor, Althea, Promised Land

Set Two – Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet > Eyes Of The World > Drums > Ollin Arrageed > Not Fade Away > Wharf Rat > Around & Around E:Bertha E: Good Lovin’, E: Johnny B. Goode
1980: Jerry Garcia Band @ Capitol Theatre – 03/01/1980
Sugaree, Catfish John, How Sweet It Is, Simple Twist of Fate, Sitting in Limbo, That’s Alright Mama, E: Deal
1981: Grateful Dead – Cassidy on NBC’s Tomorrow Show
1982: Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir on NBC’s Late Night w/ David Letterman
1983: Grateful Dead – Entire Show @ Merriweather Post Pavilion – 06/21/1983
Set 1 – Alabama Getaway, Greatest Story Ever Told, Dire Wolf, Me & My Uncle, Cumberland Blues, Cassidy, Big Railroad Blues, It’s All Over Now, Loser, Looks Like Rain, Might As Well

Set 2 – Touch of Grey, Women Are Smarter, Terrapin Station, Estimated Prophet, Eyes of the World, Drums, Space, Throwin’ Stones, Black Peter, Around n’ Around, Good Lovin’, U.S. Blues
1984: Grateful Dead – Entire Show @ Civic Auditorium – 12/31/1984
Set 1 – Shakedown Street, Minglewood Blues, Peggy-O, Jack Straw, Bird Song, Hell in a Bucket, Don’t Ease Me In

Set 2 – Bill Graham on Lightning Bolt, Sugar Magnolia, Scarlet Begonias > Fire on the Mountain > Women Are Smarter > Drums > Space > The Wheel > Throwing Stones > Turn On Your Lovelight

Set 3 – Gimme Some Lovin’, Uncle John’s Band, Around & Around, It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
1985: KGO TV News Report on Grateful Dead’s 20th Anniversary
1986: Grateful Dead – Visions of Johanna
1987: Jerry Garcia Hams It Up During Terrapin
1988: Jerry and Bobby Ham It Up During The Wheel
1989: Los Lobos w/ Jerry Garcia – Born On The Bayou, Suzie Q
1990: Interview and Dive w/ Jerry Garcia
1991: Jerry Garcia Band – Shining Star
1992: Garcia and Grisman – Sitting In Limbo
1993: Grateful Dead – Summer 1993 Tour Highlights by GDP
1994: Grateful Dead – Peggy-O
1995: Jerry Garcia’s Last Film Interview
Addendum: Clips From Great Moments In Jerry Garcia’s Career

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8 Responses

  1. Jerry is so much fun to listen to on banjo!
    Might not have the technique of some of the ‘masters’, but he wails on it like there is no tomorrow.

  2. thanks scotty love it as always. this is still my fave music site eva. You should have someone come up to plattsburgh NY and cover our timy lil festival with lots of local good bands but we got Max Creek Headliniung this year and Floodwood. Its cheap comfy and total fun Plus Max creek will be in our lil tiny town of peru

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