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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:48 pm    Post subject: Happy Birthday Pigpen! Reply with quote

"Pigpen is now and forever one of the Grateful Dead." Jeryy Garcia 73'

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, one of the founding fathers of the greatest rock and roll band ever.

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Happy Birthday to the greatest performer the world has ever seen.........ever........time for a drink or 2 in his honor...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2008 11:48 pm    Post subject: Blue Ron..Nether Gone Nor Forgotten Reply with quote

Hello to all! I am a first time poster here and couldn't think of a better way to start than with a toast to Blue Ron Pigpen McKernan, son of an Oakland CA blues disc jockey, fan of Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Lenny Bruce, Pogo, Lightnin' Hopkins and anchor of the Grateful Dead's psychedelic explorations, ; "our tether to the earth" as Phil Lesh once described him.

My first show was 4/3/70 in Cincinnati where Pigpen played what I later would find out was the rarely played Katie Mae. Tonight I will cue that one up and drink a toast in memory of Pigpen!
I hope its cool to post links here. Here is a link to the show. Check out Katie Mae... folks say she's a good girl and she don't run around at night. You can bet your last dollar Katie Mae will treat you right.

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Another word about this show....for anyone interested in breakout songs and that sort of trivia, (I know I am) this show features the first versions ever played of Friend Of The Devil and Candyman... The back up vocals and arrangements on Candyman and Uncle John's Band sound just like Crosby,Stills & Nash who were very big at that particular time. Great versions. You should check 'em out.

I must have gotten off to a good start as far as "first shows". I certainly could have done a lot worse!

Casey Jones, China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider, Hard To Handle, Dancin' In The Streets, Me & My Uncle Friend Of The Devil, Deep Elem Blues, Candyman, Wake Up Little Susie-> Black Peter, Uncle John's Band, Katie Mae Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin'-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Drums-> The Other One-> Cryptical Envelopement-> Cosmic Charlie, Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Love Light-> We Bid You Good Night


I don't remember a whole lot about this show other than the beautiful acoustic set, and the way the band came across when introducing Pigpen like he was special, probably because he WAS special. The band made it known.. It's like Jerry Garcia once said: "Pigpen was special because he WAS special ya' know? You had to BE THERE for Pigpen."
(Jerry Garcia interviewed by Blair Jackson 1988)

Happy birthday Ron, and LET IT SHINE!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 7:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

First, let me welcome you aboard Skydawg!
Second, yes, you can post whatever links you want here (within reason of course). It is actually quite helpful for people. Look in the sections posted by the Answer Man for many a link.
Third, I believe I had this show as one of my first boots... can't be sure, since I haven't seen the majority of my tapes since 99 when I moved to Germany for a spell. I too love to get 1st time played, and I seem to remember this one specifically. I will be giving it another listen to verify.

Again, welcome aboard Skydawg, we hope you like it here.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2008 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is nothing quite like a good Pigpen jam....
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2008 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gone but not forgotten...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today is the second anniversary of Pig's birthday here at The Pub.....I think it is amazing how much he added to the band in his short life. In the early days, he was considered the front man, and everyone looked to him to know how to act. When everyone else was dosing daily, not him. When everyone was so freaked out at the acid tests they could hardly play, they counted on him. He didnt even smoke weed at the beginning. He just wanted to drink and play the Blues. Happy Birthday Pig, and tonight I shall do the same. Drink and play the Blues......Raise you glasses Sailors, and drink to the Man of the Midnight Hour!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

skobud wrote:
Today is the second anniversary of Pig's birthday here at The Pub.....I think it is amazing how much he added to the band in his short life. In the early days, he was considered the front man, and everyone looked to him to know how to act. When everyone else was dosing daily, not him. When everyone was so freaked out at the acid tests they could hardly play, they counted on him. He didnt even smoke weed at the beginning. He just wanted to drink and play the Blues. Happy Birthday Pig, and tonight I shall do the same. Drink and play the Blues......Raise you glasses Sailors, and drink to the Man of the Midnight Hour!


Hear, hear!
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote


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If I am right this was the first Grateful Dead shirt circa 1967!!! I think that says more than I ever could in words what Pigpen meant to our favorite band.

Cheers In honor of the first Forever Grateful Dead
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2009 11:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup...that is the first Dead T-shirt. I have seen photos of Garcia wearing one. I have a repo of one of them. My fondest memories of Pig are one night at the Felt Forum he came out and sang Next Time You See Me and when he got to the part when he sings "Well you lied, cheated Wah Oh for so long.... and the audience in unison sing along with this part. Another night at The Academy of Music he came out to sing Big Boss Man or should I say strutted. I have said it before this song seems like it was written for him. The boys layin' down the groove behind him and then a nice harmonica solo before going back into the last verse. He had us all funked up as only Pig could do. Listened to Live Dead tonite and took my hands outa my pocket Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

fillmoreeast wrote:
Yup...that is the first Dead T-shirt. I have seen photos of Garcia wearing one. I have a repo of one of them. My fondest memories of Pig are one night at the Felt Forum he came out and sang Next Time You See Me and when he got to the part when he sings "Well you lied, cheated Wah Oh for so long.... and the audience in unison sing along with this part. Another night at The Academy of Music he came out to sing Big Boss Man or should I say strutted. I have said it before this song seems like it was written for him. The boys layin' down the groove behind him and then a nice harmonica solo before going back into the last verse. He had us all funked up as only Pig could do. Listened to Live Dead tonite and took my hands outa my pocket Cool


Thank you for the first hand insight to some live Pig.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A brief note to Skydawg -
The first live Friend of the Devil was actually at the 3-20-70 Capitol Theater show:
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This one has some different lyrics.
And the FIRST Friend of the Devil is in a 1969 home recording, Dawson & Hunter:

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