Jerry Garcia
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"Jerome John "Jerry" Garcia" was an American musician who was best known for his lead guitar work, singing and songwriting with the band the Grateful Dead, which came to prominence during the counterculture of the 1960s/counterculture era. Though he disavowed the role, Garcia was viewed by many as the leader or "spokesman" of the group.

One of its founders, Garcia performed with the Grateful Dead for their entire thirty-year career (1965–1995). Garcia also founded and participated in a variety of side projects, including the Saunders-Garcia Band (with longtime friend Merl Saunders), the Jerry Garcia Band, Old and in the Way, the Garcia/David Grisman/Grisman acoustic duo, Legion of Mary (band)/Legion of Mary, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage (which Garcia co-founded with John Dawson (musician)/John Dawson and David Nelson (musician)/David Nelson). He also released several solo albums, and contributed to a number of albums by other artists over the years as a session musician. He was well known by many for his distinctive guitar playing and was ranked 13th in Rolling Stone"s "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" cover story.

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