Happy 75th Birthday to Robert Hunter (Watch “Reuben and Cherise” Live ’13)

Happy 75th birthday today to Robert Hunter (born 6/23/41),  lyricist, singer-songwriter and poet, best known for his work with the Grateful Dead and for collaborating with singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. An early friend of Jerry Garcia, they played together in bluegrass bands (such as the Tub Thumpers) and Hunter went on to write a majority of the lyrics for Jerry Garcia sung Grateful Dead songs, and is the only non-performing member of a band ever inducted to the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame.  Hunter’s gift of storytelling and poetry helped create the Dead songbook into an American original and classic which today still goes unrivaled in its folklore.  In celebration of Hunter’s 75th birthday lets watch the master wordsmith perform “Reuben and Cherise” live at the Keswick Theatre outside Philadelphia on 10/4/13.

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  1. One of the greatest songwriters ever. He and Jerry were a great team. Every deadhead and non-deadhead alike should check out the book Box Of Rain. The lyrics have a different feel without the full songs and there is some great stuff that was never put to music.

    1. Agreed. Hunter’s Lyrics are still being shown meaning and gain new meaning as life goes on. That is a lyricist! God Bless you RH.

  2. Thank you for posting this live performance. While I’ve been a longtime admirer or Garcia and Hunter, I’ve never seen Roberts live.
    His songs have touched my heart from an impressionable age and will continue to do so until I perish…at which point I want some of
    his music blaring at my wake.
    Great comments, Greg and Nick.

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