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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 07:28 AM
Did anyone see The Dead @ Winterland on PBS? If you did who was the girl singing with the band?
 
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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 08:14 AM
Donna Jean Godchaux - vocals
 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 08:37 AM
i love her voice.


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Donna Thatcher Godchaux began her career as a background vocalist while still a student at Sheffield High School.


She worked recording sessions not only in the Muscle Shoals music industry, but also in Memphis and Nashville, where she recorded with Elvis Presley.


In the early 1970's she met and married Keith Godchaux, a keyboard player in California. Soon after the couple joined the Grateful Dead in San Francisco and toured and recorded with that group until 1979. Among the albums the Godchauxs appear on are, "Europe '72", "Wake of the Flood", "From The Mars Hotel", "Blues for Allah", "Terrapin Station" and "What A Long Strange Trip It's Been".


A year after leaving the Grateful Dead, Keith Godchaux was killed in a tragic auto accident.


During their tenure with the group, The Grateful Dead played three concerts at the foot of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. It was the first time the Department of Antiquities of Egypt had allowed such an event to be staged in that location.


She has returned to the Shoals area of Alabama and is active in the Christian community. A new CD of postive songs was released in 1998.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 08:48 AM
Wow, thanks Linnie. My favorite is Europe '72.
 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 08:53 AM
yeah, Europe 72 is great and all, but once you start trading Dead shows, some of the Betty Boards and the like make it pale in comparison. At the Phil and Friends show this past summer, we had a bunch of our trades playing in the parking lot. caused quite a stir with people wanting to know which Dicks Picks they where.....We where cracking up.

I think my favorite Dead studio album is Working Man's Dead, followed by Terrapain Station

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 08:54 AM
oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY jfsjr67 in case i forget.....

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 09:21 AM
The PBS rebroadcast was nice...but I really recommend buying the Closing of Winterland DVD package......lots of neat stuff to discover...and a couple of hilarious interviews...my favorite was on disc 2 Mickey talaking about how him and Jerry walked into the place one night and Cream was just coming out of Ginger's drum solo in Toad...Mickey turned to Jerry and said <"these guys have got to be the best band in the world"> Jerry smiled looked at Mickey and said, yeah.....Tonight!".....God I still miss him
 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 10:00 AM
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oh, and HAPPY BIRTHDAY jfsjr67 in case i forget.....


Thanks, Linnie!!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 10:03 AM
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yeah, Europe 72 is great and all, but once you start trading Dead shows, some of the Betty Boards and the like make it pale in comparison. At the Phil and Friends show this past summer, we had a bunch of our trades playing in the parking lot. caused quite a stir with people wanting to know which Dicks Picks they where.....We where cracking up.

I think my favorite Dead studio album is Working Man's Dead, followed by Terrapain Station


I like American Beauty a lot. Working Man's Dead too. I'm just now waiting for my first b and p's to get to me, once I get a burner I'm going to really get into it!!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 10:10 AM
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yeah, Europe 72 is great and all, but once you start trading Dead shows, some of the Betty Boards and the like make it pale in comparison. At the Phil and Friends show this past summer, we had a bunch of our trades playing in the parking lot. caused quite a stir with people wanting to know which Dicks Picks they where.....We where cracking up.

I think my favorite Dead studio album is Working Man's Dead, followed by Terrapain Station

Whoops, my first two are Gov't Mule and New Earth Mud from 10/16/03 Syracuse NY show @ the Landmark Theater, which is a great historic old theater with great acoustics!! We lit up nice that night!!!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 10:42 AM

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 10:43 AM
I got to see the Dead with Brent Mydland in 1988 in New Orleans. What a great show! One of the first big rock concerts I ever went to, and it was a doozy. Awesome Estimated Prophet>Eyes of the World combo at that show, and Jerry played a solo on Not Fade Away that was very intense, with feedback no less! Not at all the mellow Jerry of later years, more like a time warp out of 1970, just shredding the guitar.

The shows I saw in the 90's weren't as good, but could still provide moments of magic. The cool thing about the Dead is that they were so widely documented that we have access to all the "good" shows and avoid the not-so-good ones.

I have always preferred the Allmans though

 
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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 12:51 PM
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i love her voice.




Linnie, please tell me your kidding. Donna's incessant screeching taints that era of their music, which is a shame b/c they we're so smokin' then...


 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 01:34 PM
It's so cool to see Joan Osborne touring with the Dead now. I loved Donna's contributions, especially, as Linnie and jfsjr 67 said, on E-72, and more especially on that album's S.Magnolia -- now that is belting. Just as Joan is now, Donna added a tremendous amount -- then again I'm not too objective because that's my favoriite era of the band.
But, like Rob, I too always preferred the Allmans.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 01:37 PM
Actually, I love her voice too. Of course, when's she's off, I don't enjoy it, but I don't enjoy Jerry, Bob, Phil, Pigpen, Vince, Brent or Bruce when they're off vocally either. And they all could be off quite often as well. I have quite a few shows where Donna just sounds excellent more or less throughout and I think it kind of completes the sound of that era. (75-79). I've noticed that the earlier years with Donna (72-74), while she doesn't sing NEARLY as much, she is very rarely in tune in those earlier years. Once she took over Phil's higher harmonies on everything, she really started to shine. Although a lot of the "popularly traded" shows are usually not some of Donna's finer moments...
 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 01:38 PM
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Linnie, please tell me your kidding. Donna's incessant screeching taints that era of their music, which is a shame b/c they we're so smokin' then...


nope. i was serious. i like the way she sounds with Jerry on St. Stephen and a few others. to each his own. thats why they make 50 + flavors over at Baskin Robbins!

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 01:41 PM
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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:09 PM
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Linnie, please tell me your kidding. Donna's incessant screeching taints that era of their music, which is a shame b/c they we're so smokin' then


Donna's screeching was indeed very annoying at times.

However, when she stuck to the parameters of singing, she was a very good component of the Dead in the 1970s. She adds a very sweet element to a lot of their stuff. Listen to them do "Candyman" at the Pyramids in Egypt in 1978. Very nice. And sorry, but I prefer her singing along with "Scarlet Begonias" rather than Brent, no disrespect intended.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:12 PM
i know what you mean about the screeching though.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:28 PM
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I think my favorite Dead studio album is Working Man's Dead, followed by Terrapain Station


Tough call on the studio albums. My favorites are "Wake of the Flood" followed by "Blues for Allah", "American Beauty", "Workingman's Dead", "Terrapin Station",... they really all fade together. "Wake" is what first captured me, 'Stella Blue' touched me at the core. The release of "Terrapin Station" was a huge event that coincided (more or less) with a huge show in Englishtown, New Jersey. Rolling Stone had a 2 page add showing the crowd with a big block headline that read: 150,000 People Rise For the Dead at the top and: A New Dead Era Is Upon Us at the bottom of the ad. That was a really big deal. The Grateful Dead had not yet become the mega ticket selling machine they became in the '80's.

My first time seeing the band was in Jackson, MS. December of 1978. Right before the Winterland DVD. I had seen ABB a handful of times by then as well as many other bands. I wasn't quite prepared for what the Grateful Dead did to Rock & Roll.There were only 4500 people at the show in Jackson. The place held 9000. Half full.

The guys selling the Dead Drops told me they sold 5000 to those 4500 people.



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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:30 PM
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My brother in law went to this. Its Dicks Picks #15 i belive. he said it was the worst show he had ever been to because of the venue (a racetrack).

I think Marshall Tucker opened for them that day.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:47 PM
The Grateful Dead...Yeah, I like those guys ...A LOT!!!!
 
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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:49 PM
I was at Englishtown as well and your brother in law has it pegged Linnie...the only saving grace was the music, the venue couldn't have been worse.....it was MTB and NRPS too
 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:52 PM
the show sounded great though! i listen to it all the time.

hey, i have a boot of that Marshall Tucker somewhere, if i find it i'll let you know.

 

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  posted on 12/12/2003 at 02:56 PM
cool.....loved that band when Toy and Tommy were still around
 
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