Where Did The Grateful Dead Get Their Unusual Band Name?

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Over the course of their career, The Grateful Dead played over 2,000 live concerts from the 1960s to 1995 under guitarist, singer-songwriter Jerry Garcia. But, all of this started when they decided to use the name of an Old English folk take.

Grateful Dead | Photo Credit Bill Cannon

Among Old English folk tales, the Grateful Dead is often a common theme. Certain villagers may refuse to bury the body of a dead man because he owed his creditors a great deal of money. But, this was both bad luck and bad omen.

So, many times, a traveler would pay the debt for the dead man. Plus, this would also lead to a proper burial for the man.

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