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One of the staples in the Grateful Dead canon is Samson and Delilah, which was originally composed by the Rev. Blind Gary Davis. A second-such track from the same album (Harlem Street Singer) is Death Don't Have no Mercy, which the Dead occasionally visited. I saw this performed twice. Once at Shoreline in Mt. View in 1989, and then in 2015 in Santa Clara. It appears at least once in their earlier works, and the new TV mini-series on Amazon begins with an old version and ends with a late version (possibly the 1989 performance). It was quite poignant to hear Bobby Weir perform this (solo) in 2015 at the 50th Ann. concert on Sunday, but I have no recollection of the 1989 version. I found it on So Many Roads and finally purchased that album. Here is a youtube version: Jerry, Brent and Bobby all participate on this stellar performance. It seemed like they performed it quite frequently toward the end.
I think everyone will agree that the guitar is an essential rock music instrument. The history of rock and the guitar - its sound, technique, musical harmonic and rhythmic complexity etc. are so closely interconnected that I think it's difficult to think about the one without the other. Name up to 5 (ok, max. 10 if it's not enough) guitar players who in your opinion are the most historically important figures of all time. Let's take into account the rock/blues/jazz-rock world 'cause 'pure-mainstream' jazz or classical guitar playing are IMO another story. I will be tempted (if this thread is succesful enough) to count the votes (1st place - 10 points, 2nd - 9, etc) in a couple of weeks or months time to announce officially who's the most important guitarist of all time according to CA community. And what players' names follow The King. This is what's it all about My candidates: 1. Jimi Hendrix 2. Robert Johnson 3. Jimmy Page 4. Stevie Ray Vaughan 5. Steve Vai A honorable mention - Lightnin' Hopkins - IMO the most underrated bluesman of all time and a fantastic classic blues guitar player.