The Grateful Dead

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1994

Inducted by: Bruce Hornsby

Nominated in: 1993   1994

First Eligible: 1993 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Tom Constanten, Jerry Garcia, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Robert Hunter, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan, Brent Mydland, Bob Weir and Vince Welnick

Snubbed Members: John Perry Barlow

Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1996 (ranked #97) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Anthem Of The Sun (1968)
Live/Dead (1969)
American Beauty (1970)
Workingman's Dead (1970)
Europe '72 (1972)
Shakedown Street (1978)

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Uncle John (1970)
Sugar Magnolia (1970)
Truckin' (1970)
Casey Jones (1970)
Touch Of Grey (1987)

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19 comments so far (post your own)

Hi David. I'm about to pull my hair out. I just commented on John Lennon and I was the first to do it and before that I commented on Paul Mcartney and there was one there and now I'm here and there is only one comment for the Grateful Dead. Does anyone like the 60's anymore.

Posted by Mike on Friday, 10.10.08 @ 16:56pm

Bands with more than 9 members inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Parliament-Funkadelic - 16
The Grateful Dead - 12

This is copied directly from the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame website:

Induction Year: 1997
Induction Category: Performer

Inductees: George Clinton (vocals; born July 22, 1940), Jerome “Bigfoot” Brailey (drums; born August 20, 1950), William “Bootsy” Collins (bass, vocals; born October 26, 1951), Raymond Davis (vocals; born March 29, 1940), Tiki Fulwood (drums, vocals; born May 23, 1944), Glenn Lamont Goins (vocals, guitar; born tk, died 1978), Michael Hampton (guitar; born November 15, 1956), Clarence “Fuzzy” Haskins (vocals; born June 8, 1941), Eddie Hazel (guitar, vocals; born April 10, 1950, died 1992), Walter “Junie” Morrison (keyboards, synthesizers; born tk), Cordell “Boogie” Mosson Jr. (bass; born October 16, 1952), William “Billy Bass” Nelson Jr. (bass; born January 28, 1951), Gary Shider (vocals, guitar; born July 24, 1953), Calvin “Thang” Simon (vocals; born May 22, 1942), Grady Thomas (vocals; born January 5, 1941), Bernie Worrell (keyboards, vocals, born April 19, 1944)

The Grateful Dead
Induction Year: 1994
Induction Category: Performer

Inductees: Tom Contanten (keyboards; born March 19, 1944), Jerry Garcia (guitar, vocals; born August 1, 1942, died August 9, 1995), Donna Godchaux (vocals; born August 22, 1945), Keith Godchaux (keyboards; born July 14, 1948, died July 21, 1980), Mickey Hart (drums, percussion; born September 11, 1943), Robert Hunter (lyricist; born June 23, 1941), Bill Kreutzmann (drums; born April 7, 1946), Phil Lesh (bass, vocals; born March 15, 1940), Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (keyboards, harmonica, vocals; born September 8, 1945, died March 8, 1973), Brent Mydland (keyboards, vocals; born October 21, 1952, died July 26, 1990), Bob Weir (guitar, vocals; born October 16, 1947), Vince Welnick (keyboards; born February 22, 1951, died June 2, 2006).

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.25.09 @ 18:41pm

For crying out loud, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducted 12 members of the Grateful Dead in 1994, including Robert Hunter, the lyricist for the band! That's right, they inducted the lyricist as a member of the band! They inducted a non-performer in the performers category! So, the Rock Hall better induct Marv Tarplin with The Miracles. Marv Tarplin was a member of the Miracles. He was not a sideman.

Posted by Roy on Friday, 04.22.11 @ 11:21am

Latin Artists In The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

01. 1994 Jerry Garcia (The Grateful Dead)
02. 1998 Carlos Santana (Santana)
03. 2001 Ritchie Valens

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 05.4.11 @ 07:32am

The Grateful Dead: The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

01. Robert Hunter (1965-1995; lyricist)
02. Jerry Garcia (1965-1995; guitar, vocals)
03. Bob Weir (1965-1995; guitar)
04. Phil Lesh (1965-1995; bass, vocals)
05. Bill Kreutzmann (1965-1995; drums)
06. Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (1965-1972; keyboards, harmonica)
07. Mickey Hart (1967-1995; drums, percussion)
08. Tom Constanten (1968-1970; keyboards)
09. Keith Godchaux (1971-1979; keyboards)
10. Donna Godchaux (1972-1979; vocals)
11. Brent Mydland (1979-1990; keyboards, vocals)
12. Vince Welnick (1990-1995; keyboards)

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 10.30.11 @ 08:29am


01. Parliament-Funkadelic (16 Members Inducted in 1997)
02. The Grateful Dead (12 Members Inducted in 1994)
03. Bill Haley And The Comets (11 Members Inducted in 1987/2012)

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 05.29.12 @ 07:50am

Keyboardist Vince Welnick of The Tubes, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with The Grateful Dead.

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 08.23.12 @ 05:12am

Roy, they didn't induct the ex-drummer from The Tubes who also was in Grateful Dead for a short period of time, did they?

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 08.23.12 @ 08:16am

Why would you ask that? No they didn't. Inductees listed above

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 08.23.12 @ 10:14am

Roy, I asked that because the dude screwed up & didn't wait for the Jerry Mourning Period to be over before he offed himself.

If he had just held out for another couple of years, he'd probably still be the drummer.

Posted by Paul in KY on Friday, 08.24.12 @ 13:09pm

No drummer from the Tubes was ever in the Dead, It was only Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann

Posted by Aaron on Friday, 09.7.12 @ 01:45am

Non-performers who were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in the performers category:

01. 1994 - Robert Hunter (lyricist for the Grateful Dead)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 04.1.13 @ 09:49am

Why is Jerry Garcia the only person allowed to tell the Rock Hall which members of his band have to be inducted!?

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 04.17.13 @ 23:27pm

Roy - I know you posted it a couple years ago, but what were you talking about with that question? Jerry was opposed to the idea of the Rock Hall and didn't even show up for his induction. The only members of the Dead not inducted were pianist Bruce Hornsby (who was never officially a member of the band, but toured with them for 2 years) and lyricist John Perry Barlow.

Posted by Max on Saturday, 04.23.16 @ 22:30pm

It's a well-known fact that Jerry Garcia got to tell Jann Wenner (a fan) to induct not only the original members of the Grateful Dead plus their lyricist, but a few other later members as well. Not every band gets to make that call for their band. Favoritism at play in the Rock Hall.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 04.24.16 @ 01:12am

That's really interesting. I've always wondered why the Dead got nearly all of their members in, while The Allman Brothers Band, who had similar lineup changes only got the original members in.

Posted by Max on Sunday, 04.24.16 @ 11:34am

All those folks were inducted because the Grateful Dead itself was a living thing. It was not about any particular people, except *maybe* Jerry Garcia. It was a living, breathing spirit, itself beyond categorization.

That was the case Jerry made, and he was right.

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 09.13.16 @ 16:52pm

I'm 61 yrs, & the Grateful Dead have been a part of my Rock N Roll music experience in my life in a major overwelming kinda way,& proidly so. I've dated & lived with former girlfriends of the band while living in S. Florida, & I can say that the band didn't come anywhere I was but only once that I missed the show. A Grateful Dead show had a different ombeiance feel to it that you felt it was so peaceful in a wild messed up outside. The band was a living thing in the lives of any conscience to the times of the 60's & 70's. They were a part of the American fiber I thought. I don't think there will ever be a generation of individuals who go from town to town by thumb just for the chance of catching their next show several states away manytimes. Of course the 7/11's won't mind seeing them gone, but they are the establishment man!

Posted by Michael M on Saturday, 04.22.17 @ 18:49pm

John Perry Barlow, Grateful Dead Lyricist and Internet Pioneer, Dead at 70

Cowrote "Cassidy," "Mexicali Blues and "Black-Throated Wind"

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 02.8.18 @ 15:54pm

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