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Keith Olsen

On March 9, 2020, Keith Alan Olsen died aged 74. He was music producer and sound engineer, worked on more than 100 albums. As producer he earned 24 Platinum and 14 multi-Platinum album certifications. He has worked with many artists including Eternity’s Children, The Millennium, James Gang, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Fleetwood Mac, Sons of Champlin, Grateful Dead, Bob Weir, Foreigner, Santana, The Babys, Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar, Sammy Hagar, Rick Springfielld, Heart, Kim Carnes, Joe Walsh, 38 Special, Bad Company, Saga, Whitesnake, Starship,  Carlos Santana, Ozzy Osbourne, Night Ranger, Kingdom Come, Magnum, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Journey, Eddie Money, Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Scorpions.

Matilda Scaduto

On April 22, 2003, Matilda Genevieve Scaduto died aged 77. With her husband Diadorius Boudleaux Bryant wrote number of hits for The Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison. Their songs were recorded by many artists including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Tonny Bennett, Grateful Dead, Simon and Garfunkel, Sarah Vaughan, Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, Gram Parson, Joan Jett, The Beach Boys, Elvis Costello, Count Basie, Lynn Anderson, Sonny James, Eddy Arnold, Bob Moore, Charley Pride, Nazareth, Jim Reeves, Leo Sayer, Jerry Lee Lewis, Cher, R.E.M. and Ray Charles.

Robert Hunter

On September 23, 2019, Robert C. Hunter died aged 78. He was lyricist, singer-songwriter, musician (guitar, mandolin), translator and poet. He has cooperated with various artists, such as  Bob Dylan, Little Feat, Jim Lauderdale, Elvis Costello, Cesar Rosas, Bruce Hornsby and New Riders of the Purple Sage , but was best known by his work with Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead. In 2013, Hunter received the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the “Americana Music Association”. Hunter  has released 14 solo albums.

On July 6, 1987.

On July 6, 1987, “Arista” label released “In the Dark”, the twelfth Grateful Dead studio album. It was recorded in January 1987, and was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Cutler. The cover art was designed by Randy Tuten.


  • Jerry Garcia– guitar, vocals
  • Bob Weir– guitar, vocals
  • Brent Mydland– keyboards, vocals
  • Phil Lesh– bass
  • Bill Kreutzmann– drums
  • Mickey Hart– drums, percussion
  • Bob Bralove – programming, special effects, spatialization
  • Guy Charbonneau, Dan Healy, Jeffrey Norman, David Roberts, Jeff Sterling, John Cutler – engineer
  • Gail Grant – design
  • Herb Greene– art direction, photography

Track listing:

  1. Touch of Grey – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  2. Hell in a Bucket – John Perry Barlow, Bob Weir, Brent Mydland
  3. When Push Comes to Shove – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  4. West L.A. Fadeaway – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  5. Tons of Steel – Brent Mydland
  6. Throwing Stories – John Perry Barlow, Bob Weir
  7. Black Muddy River – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter

In August 1971.

In August 1971, “Columbia” label released the debut, self-titled New Riders of the Purple Sage album. It is the only band’s studio album to feature co-founder Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead.It was recorded December 1970 – January 1971, at “Wally Heider Recording” in San Francisco, and was produced by John Dawson , David Nelson, Dave Torbert, Jerry Garcia and Spencer Dryden.


  • John Dawson– acoustic guitar, vocals
  • David Nelson– electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals
  • Dave Torbert– bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Jerry Garcia– pedal steel guitar, banjo
  • Spencer Dryden– drums, percussion
  • Mickey Hart– drums, percussion
  • Commander Cody– piano
  • Stephen Barncard– engineering, executive production
  • Phil Lesh– executive production
  • Ellen Burke – technician
  • Michael Ferguson, Alton Kelly– cover art

Track listing:

All tracks by John Dawson.

  1. I Don’t Know You
  2. Whatcha Gonna Do
  3. Portland Woman
  4. Henry
  5. Dirty Business
  6. Glendale Train
  7. Garden of Eden
  8. All I Ever Wanted
  9. Last Lonely Eagle
  10. Louisiana Lady

James Marshall

On March 24, 2010, James Joseph Marshall died aged 74. He was  photographer, best known for his photographs of rock musicians, including The Beatles (final paid live concert in San Francisco’s Candlestick Park), Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Neil Young, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Jim Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Who, Guns N’ Roses and Santana. He was also the chief photographer at Woodstock.

James Cotton

On March 16, 2017, James Henry Cotton died aged 81. He was musician (harmonica), singer and songwriter, had a successful solo career, recording albums under his own name, and recording and performing with number of great blues and rock musicians including Gregg Allman, William “Billy Boy” Arnold, Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Joe Bonamassa, Paul Butterfield, Grateful Dead, Pat Hare, Howlin’ Wolf, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Freddie King, Alexis Korner, Steve Miller, Charlie Musselwhite, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Keith Richards, Todd Rundgren, Santana, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Otis Spann, Taj Mahal, Big Mama Thornton, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Louis Walker, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Johnny Winter.

On November 15, 1978.


On November 15, 1978, “Arista” label released “Shakedown Street”, the tenth Grateful Dead studio album. It was recorded July 31 -August 18, 1978, at “Club Le Front”, and “Meta Tantay” in Carlin, Nevada, and was produced by Lowell George. The album cover art was by underground comics artist Gilbert Shelton.


  • Jerry Garcia – vocals, lead guitar
  • Bob Weir– vocals, guitar
  • Lowell George – vocals
  • Donna Jean Godchaux– vocals
  • Keith Godchaux– vocals, keyboards
  • Phil Lesh– bass guitar
  • Mickey Hart– drums, percussion
  • Bill Kreutzmann– drums, percussion
  • Jordan Amarantha – percussion
  • Matthew Kelly– harmonica
  • Steve Schuster –horn
  • John Kahn- horn arrangements, associate production
  • Brett Cohen –engineer
  • Bob Matthews –engineer
  • Tom Flye – mixing
  • Robert Gatley – mixing assistant
  • Billy Candelario – mixing assistant
  • Jeffrey Boden –mixing assistant
  • John Hagen – mixing assistant
  • Steve Parish – mixing assistant
  • Joe Gastwirt – mastering, production consultancy
  • George Horn -mastering
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Robin Hurley – associate production
  • Hale Milfgrim – associate production
  • Scott Pascucci – associate production
  • Gilbert Shelton– art coordination
  • Steve Vance – art coordination
  • Hugh Brown – art coordination
  • Reggie Collins –liner notes
  • Ed Perlstein – photography
  • Robert Minkin – photography
  • Bruce Polonsky – photography
  • Ron Rakow – photography
  • Rip Rense – liner notes
  • Steven Schuster – horn
  • Cameron Sears –executive production
  • Jimmy Edwards – associate production
  • Sheryl Farber – editorial supervision
  • Eileen Law – research

Track listing:

  1. Good Lovin’ – Rudy Clark, Arthur Resnick
  2. France – Mickey Hart,Robert Hunter, Bob Weir
  3. Shakedown Street – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  4. Serengetti – Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann
  5. Fire on the Mountain – Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter
  6. I Need a Miracle – John Perry Barlow, Bob Weir
  7. From the Heart of Me – Donna Jean Godchaux
  8. Stagger Lee – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  9. All New Minglewood Blues – Noah Lewis
  10. If I Had the World to Give – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter

On October 31, 1989.


On October 31, 1989, “Arista” label released “Built to Last”, the thirteenth and final Grateful Dead album.It was recorded February – October, 1989, and was produced by John Cutler and Jerry Garcia.


  • Jerry Garcia – vocals, guitar
  • Bob Weir– vocals, guitar
  • Brent Mydland – vocals, keyboards
  • Phil Lesh– bass
  • Bill Kreutzmann– drums
  • Mickey Hart– drums, percussion
  • John Cutler – engineer
  • Tom Flye, Justin Kreutzmann, Peter Miller, David Roberts, Jeff Sterling, Chris Wiskes – engineer

Track listing:

  1. Foolish Heart – Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hunter
  2. Just a Little Light – Barlow, Bent Mydland
  3. Victim or the Crime – Graham, Bob Weir
  4. Standing on the Moon – Jerry Garcia, Hunter
  5. Blow Away – Barlow, Mydland
  6. Picasso Moon – Barlow, Bralove, Bob Weir
  7. Built to Last – Jerry Garcia, Hunter
  8. I Will Take You Home – Barlow, Mydland