68 years ago today (10/16/47), Grateful Dead rhythm guitarist/vocalist Bob Weir was born. Weir was born in San Francisco andwas raised by his adoptive parents, Frederic Utter and Eleanor Cramer Weir, in the suburb of Atherton. 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. After the Warlocks became the Grateful Dead, improvisational psychedelic music incorporating various American styles was born and set a precedent for the live concert experience as well as a cultural institution. Weir remains an icon and in recent years has played with RatDog, and Furthur and will be fronting this autumns Dead & Co. shows with John Mayer, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann. Watch “Black Throated Wind” from TRI Studios in 2011.