Today In Grateful Dead History: 5.19.66

Avalon Ballroom
San Francisco, CA

Words By J-man

The psychedelic 60s were a time of exponential growth for The Grateful Dead. Recordings of any completion or quality are hard to come by from that era of the band's career, however our pick from "Today in Grateful Dead History" features a fantastic look back at 1966 via this high-quality recording. Pigpen's heavy organ and bluesy vocals led the charge and contributed heavily to the Dead's early sound.

Grateful Dead Live at Avalon Ballroom on May 19, 1966.

Set: Beat It On Down The Line, Standing On The Corner, Mindbender, It Hurts Me Too, Viola Lee Blues, I Know You Rider, It's A Sin, Sick And Tired, Cream Puff War Sittin' On Top Of The World, Minglewood Blues, Cold Rain And Snow, Come Back Baby, Silver Threads And Golden Needles, It's All Over Now Baby Blue, Good Lovin' , You Don't Have To Ask

This show features a plethora of older material that faded from the Dead's repertoire following the 60s, as well as early versions of songs that underwent stylistic changes as the Dead developed their material. All in all, this classic show provides a glimpse into... "Today in Grateful Dead History."


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