Radio Mans fave with Grateful Dead

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The Grateful Dead was an American rock band formed in 1965 in Palo Alto, California.[1][2] The band is known for its eclectic style, which fused elements of rock, folkcountryjazzbluegrassbluesrock and rollgospelreggaeworld music, and psychedelia;[3][4] for live performances of lengthy instrumental jams that typically incorporated modal and tonal improvisation;[5][6] and for its devoted fan base, known as “Deadheads“. “Their music”, writes Lenny Kaye, “touches on ground that most other groups don’t even know exists.”[7] These various influences were distilled into a diverse and psychedelic whole that made the Grateful Dead “the pioneering Godfathers of the jam band world”.[8] The band was ranked 57th by Rolling Stone magazine in its “The Greatest Artists of All Time” issue.[9] The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994[10] and a recording of their May 8, 1977 performance at Cornell University‘s Barton Hall was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2012.[11] Despite having only one top-40 single in their 30-year career, “Touch of Grey“, the Grateful Dead remained among the highest grossing American touring acts for multiple decades and gained a committed fanbase by word of mouth and the exchange of live recordings due to the band’s permissive stance on taping.

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