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Grateful Dead: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Brent Mydland, Keith Godchaux, Bruce Hornsby, Bill Kruetzmann

"What a long, strange trip it's been" is a lyric from one of the Grateful Dead's best known songs and pretty much tells a bunch about the long history of this band. The earliest traces of the band began in 1960 when band founder and leader Jerry Garcia met Robert Hunter who would become the band's main lyrics man. The Dead evolved in 1964 from Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions which featured Garcia on banjo and guitar along with guitarist Bob Weir and keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan.