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The Grateful Dead were an American rock band that formed in 1965 in Northern California. They came to fame as part of author
Ken Kesey's Acid Tests, a series of multimedia happenings centered around then-legal LSD. Famed for their concerts, the band
performed more than 2,300 shows over thirty years, disbanding after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia in August 1995.
Although their only Top 10 hit, "Touch of Grey," charted in 1987, their popularity was based on concerts, and in their last
decade they consistently placed in the top five tours every year. Known for the range of their repertoire and the caliber
of their compositions, the Dead's songbook has been covered by a wide range of other musicians, from Bob Dylan to Jane's Addiction.
They released thirteen studio albums and nine contemporary live albums during their career, and more than 100 live releases
since then. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
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