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Posted By: voyager
05-Oct-21 - 02:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Grateful Dead Songwriters
Subject: Origins: Grateful Dead Songwriters
Watching this week 'Long Strange Trip (review), I was struck (yet again) by the songwriting talents of Robert Hunter and John Perry Barlow, two talented songwriters who sparked the GD musical engine. Here are the comparative song lists -

John Perry Barlow Grateful Dead songs

Robert Hunter Song Repetoire

In the compare / contrast of these poet's songwriting talents, it's worth noting that 'Touch of Grey' (Barlow) was the only GD song that every made the Top 40 charts (lol). On the other side of the coin, it was a 'cosmic surprise' when I learned that Robert Hunter had family ties going back to Scotland's Poet Laureate, Bobby Burns.

As a side note - August 9, 1995 I was throwing darts with BT friends, at the Feather's Pub in Felixstowe when the news that Jerry Garcia had died was announced.

fare thee well