Happy Birthday to Jerry Garcia, Rock Star

August 1, 1942 is the birthday of musician Jerry Garcia, a member of the iconic North American band, The Grateful Dead.   Garcia was the son of a Spanish ballroom jazz musician, and was born in San Francisco, California.  Garcia had a complicated life, with family tragedy and struggles with drug addiction, haloed by brilliant and ground breaking talent. The Grateful Dead became one of rock and roll’s longest playing and most successful bands, embodying the 60’s counterculture movement. Fans still honor him with Jerry Day, an annual celebration of Garcia’s life and music that started in 2002 in San Francisco (where else?).  A tribute to Garcia can also be found on supermarket shelves throughout America: Ben & Jerry named their popular “Cherry Garcia” ice cream for him. (Image of Jerry Garcia commemorative print from Grateful Dead site)

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