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On August 20, 2009.

On August 20, 2009, Lawrence William Knechtel died aged 69. He was a musician (keyboards, bass), a member of the Wrecking Crew, a collection of Los Angeles-based session musicians, and the band Bread. He recorded with big number of renowned artists including Elvis Presley, The Byrds, Barbra Streisand, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Cher, Simon & Garfunkel, Duane Eddy, The Mamas & the Papas, The Monkees, the Partridge Family, Paul Simon, Chet Baker, Jerry Garcia, Dave mason, Nancy Sinatra, Howard Roberts, Thelma Houston, Glen Campbell, Peter Allen, Barry Mann, Lalo Schifrin, Jimmy Webb, José Feliciano, Jackie DeShannon, Brian Cadd, Bobby Darin, Art Garfunkel, Stephen Bishop, David Clayton-Thomas, Billy Joel, Barry McGuire, Paul Young, Dolly Parton, Al Kooper, Johnny Rivers, John Denver, Chet Atkins, Helen Reddy, Joan Baez, Alen Roth, and Neil Diamond. Knechtel released two solo albums.

On June 30, 2009.

On June 30, 2009, “Dirt Farmer” label released “Electric Dirt”, the sixth and the final Levon Helm album. It was recorded in 2009, at “Levon Helm Studio” in Woodstock, New York, and was produced by Larry Campbell.


  • Levon Helm – vocals, drums, mandolin
  • Larry Campbell – acoustic, electric and resonator guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, harmony vocals
  • Brian Mitchell – piano, organ, harmonium, accordion
  • Jimmy Vivino – organ. acoustic and electric guitar
  • Byron Isaacs – bass, backing vocals
  • Steven Bernstein – alto horn, horn arrangements
  • Erik Lawrence – soprano saxophone
  • Jay Collins – tenor saxophone
  • Clark Gayton – trombone
  • Howard Johnson – tuba
  • Teresa Williams – acoustic guitar, autoharp, harmony vocals
  • Any Helm – mandolin, bass drum, harmony vocals
  • George Receli – backing vocals
  • Jay Collins – backing vocals
  • Allen Toussaint – horn arrangements
  • Justin Guip – recording, mixing
  • Chris Edwards, James Smith, Rocky Talent – engineer assistant
  • Doug Sax – mastering
  • Sangwook “Sunny” Nam – mastering
  • Levon Helm – artwork
  • Michael DuBois – artwork
  • Carrie Smith – layout, design
  • Ahron R. Foster – photography
  • Georgette Cartwright – creative director

Track listing:

  1. Tennessee Jed – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  2. Move Along Train – Roebuck Staples
  3. Growin’ Trade – Levon Helm, Larry Campbell
  4. Golden Bird – Happy Traum
  5. Stuff You Gotta Watch – Muddy Waters
  6. White Dove – Carter Stanley
  7. Kingfish – Randy Newman
  8. You Can’t Lose What You Ain’t Never Had – Muddy Waters
  9. When I Go Away – Larry Campbell
  10. Heaven’s Pearls – Anthony Leone, Byron Isaacs, Fiona McBain, Amy Helm, Glenn Patscha
  11. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Richard Carroll Lamp, Willy E. Taylor


On September 23, 2019.

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.

In November 1982.

In November 1982, “Arista” label released “Run for the Roses”, the fourth Jerry Garcia solo album. It was recorded September – December 1981, and was produced by Jerry Garcia and John Kahn.


  • Jerry Garcia– vocals, guitar
  • John Kahn– bass, fretless bass, synthesizer, piano, clavinet, guitar
  • Ron Tutt– drums, percussion
  • Melvin Seals, Merl Saunders– organ
  • James Warren, Michael O’Martian – piano, clavinet
  • Michael Neuman – trumpet
  • Liz Stires, Julie Stafford – vocals
  • Betty Cantor-Jackson, Ron Malo – engineer
  • Bob Matthews – mixing
  • George Horn – mastering
  • Victor Moscoso – artwork

Track listing:

  1. Run For The Roses – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  2. I Saw Her Standing There – John Lennon, Paul McCartney
  3. Without Love – Clyde McPhatter
  4. Midnight Getaway – Jerry Garcia, John Kahn, Robert Hunter
  5. Leave The Little Girl Alone – John Kahn, Robert Hunter
  6. Valerie – Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter
  7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door – Bob Dylan


In November 1971.

In November 1971, “Grunt”, “RCA” labels released “Sunfighter”, album by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick. It was recorded in 1971, at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Paul Kantner and Grace Slick.


  • Paul Kantner– vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Grace Slick– vocals, piano, booklet libretto
  • Jack Traylor – vocals, guitar
  • Jerry Garcia– guitar
  • Papa John Creach– electric violin
  • Craig Chaquico– lead guitar
  • Bill Laudner – vocals
  • Jack Casady– bass
  • Spencer Dryden– drums
  • David Crosby– vocals, tambourine
  • Jorma Kaukonen– lead guitar
  • Graham Nash– ARP synthesizer
  • Chris Wing – drums
  • Pat Gleeson – moog, piano
  • John Vierra – synthesizer, keyboards
  • Phill Sawyer – sound effects
  • Peter Kaukonen– guitar, mandolin
  • Shelley Silverman, Joey Covington– drums
  • Edwin Hawkins Singers (Edwin Hawkins, Walter Hawkins, Tramaine Davis Hawkins, Elaine Kelley, Norma J. King, Barbara Gill, Ruth Wyons, Daphne Henderson, Shirley Miller, Eddie Bayers) – vocals
  • Steven Schuster – flute, saxophone, horn arrangements
  • Tower of Power(Greg Adams, Mic Gillette) – horns
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice the Miracle Man), Phill Sawyer – engineer
  • Acy Lehman – cover, assistant on libretto booklet
  • Heavy Water Lights (Mary Ann Mayer, Joan Chase) – lights inside
  • Gary Blackman – assistant on libretto booklet

Track listing:

  1. Silver Spoon – Grace Slick
  2. Diana – Paul Kantner, Grace Slick
  3. Sunfighter – Paul Kantner
  4. Titanic -Phill Sawyer
  5. Look at the Wood – Grace Slick, Paul Kantner
  6. When I Was a Boy I Watched the Wolves – Paul Kantner, Grace Slick
  7. Million – Paul Kantner
  8. China – Grace Slick
  9. Earth Mother – Jack Taylor
  10. Diana 2 – Paul Kantner, Grace Slick
  11. Universal Copernican Mumbles – Pat Gleeson, John Vierra, Paul Kantner
  12. Holding Together – Grace Slick, Paul Kantner


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 December 1971.

In December 1971, “Grunt” label released the debut, self-titled Papa John Creach  album. It was recorded in 1971 at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Papa John Creach and Mike Lipskin.


  • Papa John Creach– electric violin, vocals, arranger
  • Greg Adams– trumpet
  • Rufus Anderson – guitar
  • Jack Bonus – saxophone
  • Nick Buck – piano
  • Dave Brown, Jack Casady– bass
  • John Cipollina, Bruce Conte – guitar
  • Joey Covington– drums, congas
  • Jerry Garcia– guitar
  • Mic Gillette– trombone
  • Bobby Haynes – bass
  • Art Hillery – piano, organ
  • Paul Kantner– rhythm guitar
  • Jorma Kaukonen– guitar
  • Mike Lipskin– organ, piano
  • Stan Monteiro – clarinet
  • Skip Olsen – bass
  • Sammy Piazza – drums
  • Douglas Rauch– bass
  • Gregg Rolie– organ
  • Carlos Santana– guitar
  • Peter Sears– bass
  • Grace Slick– vocals
  • Tony Smith– drums
  • Bob Wilson – guitar
  • Los Angeles String Section – strings
  • Los Angeles Brass Section – brass
  • Roger Hamilton Spotts – arranger
  • Ken Hopkins – engineer, mixing engineer
  • Peter Granet – engineer
  • Bruce Steinberg – photography
  • Bill Thompson, Acy Lehman – design, concept

Track listing:

  1. The Janitor Drives a Cadillac – Joey Covington
  2. Louis Blues – W.C. Handy
  3. Papa John’s Down Home Blues – Papa John Creach, Roger Spotts
  4. Plunk a Little Funk – Papa John Creach
  5. Over the Rainbow – Harold Arlen, Y. Harburg
  6. String Jet Rock – Papa John Creach
  7. Danny Boy – traditional
  8. Human Spring – James Reese, Roger Spotts
  9. Soul Fever – Miles Grayson
  10. Every Time I Hear Her Name – Roger Spotts

In November 1969.

In November 1969, “RCA” label released “Volunteers”, the fifth Jefferson Airplane album. It was recorded in April 1969, at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Al Schmitt.


  • Grace Slick– vocals, piano, organ, recorder
  • Paul Kantner– vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Marty Balin– vocals, percussion
  • Jorma Kaukonen– lead guitar, vocals
  • Jack Casady– bass
  • Spencer Dryden– drums, percussion
  • Nicky Hopkins– piano
  • Stephen Stills– Hammond organ
  • Jerry Garcia– pedal steel guitar
  • Joey Covington– congas, chair
  • David Crosby– sailboat
  • Ace of Cups– vocals
  • Bill Laudner– lead vocals
  • Rich Schmitt – engineer
  • Maurice (Pat Ieraci) – 16-track
  • Gut – album design, ate PB & J
  • Milton Burke, Jefferson Airplane – album design
  • Jim Marshall – cover photo
  • Jim Smircich – back photo
  • Littie Herbie Greene – PB & J photo

Track listing:

  1. We Can Be Together – Paul Kantner
  2. Good Shepherd – traditional, arr. by Jorma Kaukonen
  3. The Farm – Paul Kantner, Gary Blackman
  4. Hey Frederick – Grace Slick
  5. Turn My Life Down – Jorma Kaukonen
  6. Wooden Ships – David Crosby, Paul Kantner, Stephen Stills
  7. Eskimo Blue Day – Grace Slick, Paul Kantner
  8. A Song for All Seasons – Spencer Drtden
  9. Meadowlands – Lev Knipper
  10. Volunteers – Marty Balin, Paul Kantner


In September 1972.

In September 1972, Warner Bros label released “Rolling Thunder”, the first Mickey Hart solo album. It was recorded in 1972, at “Mickey’s Barn” in Marin County, California.The cover art was created by Alton Kelly and Stanley Mouse’s Kelly/Mouse Studios.


  • Mickey Hart– drums, percussion, field drum, timpani
  • John Cipollina– guitar
  • Bob Weir– guitar, vocals
  • Tower of Power– horn section
  • Stephen Stills– bass
  • Carmelo Garcia – timbales, congas
  • Mike and Nancy Hinton – marimba
  • Alla Rakha– rain
  • Sam Andrew, Robbie Stokes – guitar
  • David Freiberg– vocals, bass, piano
  • Steven Schuster – flute
  • Zakir Hussain – rain, table
  • Jerry Garcia – guitar, insect fear
  • Grace Slick– piano, vocals
  • Greg Errico– drums
  • Barry Melton– acoustic guitar, vocals
  • David Freiberg – acoustic guitar, vocals
  • Paul Kantner– vocals
  • Barry Melton – guitar
  • Robbie Stokes – guitar, bass
  • David Freiberg – bass, piano, viola, vocals, water pump
  • Terry Haggerty – guitar
  • Bill Champlin– organ
  • Phil Lesh – bass
  • Dan Healy, Rick Davis, John Wollman, David Freiberg, Mickey Hart– engineers
  • Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, David Freiberg, Dan Healy, Stephen Stills– mixdown
  • Rock Scully– direction
  • Ed Thrasher– art direction
  • Ron Rakow, Bruce Baxter – photography

Track listing:

  1. Rolling Thunder/Shoshone Invocation” (Rolling Thunder)
  2. The Main Ten (Playing in the Band) – Mickey Hart, Bon Weir, Hunter
  3. Fletcher Carnaby – Mickey Hart, Hunter
  4. The Chase (Progress) – Mickey Hart
  5. Blind John – J. Stetson, Peter Monk
  6. Young Man – Mickey Hart, Peter Monk
  7. Deep, Wide and Frequent – Mickey Hart
  8. Pump Song – Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter
  9. Granma’s Cookies – Mickey Hart
  10. Hangin’ On – Stetson, Peter Monk; arranged by Mickey Hart


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