The keyboard position in the band is referred both by the band and fans alike as “The Hot Seat” due to the high mortality rate of those who’ve held that position. First held by Ron “Pigpen” McKernan (alcoholic induced gastrointestinal hemorrhage) and then joined by Keith Godchaux. After Donna and Keith Godchaux (auto accident) left the band Brent Mydland (drug overdose) was brought on for the longest tenure at the keyboards. His replacement was former Tubes member Vince Welnick who committed suicide. As of 2021 Bruce Hornsby is alive and doing well.
Final Resting Place:
Oakmont Memorial Park
2099 Reliez Valley Road, , CA
Lafayette, California, 94549
Grave Location:Remembrance Section, Plot 265/7W, Lot C, Site 1
Grave Location Description
Brent is buried 7 rows from the top of the road to the Remembrance Section near a bench and under an oak tree.
Grave Location GPS37.9475151, -122.1059692
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Read More About Brent Mydland:
- Published Obituary
- Wikipedia Entry
- The Brent Mydland Years: An Appreciation of the Grateful Dead in the 1980’s
- The Other Side - Brent Mydland's Unreleased Solo Album
- 10 most annoying things Grateful Dead fans say
- Dear Mr. Fantasy - One Step Ahead of the Blues
- Death of Grateful Dead Member Blamed on Drugs
- Remembering Brent Mydland 25 Years Later
- The Tragic Death of Grateful Dead's Brent Mydland
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popular name: Janis Joplin
date_of_death: October 4, 1970
cause_of_death: Drug overdose - heroin
best_know_for: A permanent member of the "27 Club" (rock stars who died at age 27) Janis Joplin was premier white female blues vocalist of the 1960s, who performed with a fierce and uninhibited musical style before dying of a drug overdose in a Hollywood hotel. And despite her limited artistic output, she will forever be known as rock 'n' roll's first female superstar.
popular name: Dick Dale
date_of_death: March 16, 2019
cause_of_death: Heart and kidney failure
best_know_for: Dick Dale was an American rock guitarist. He was the pioneer of surf music, drawing on Middle Eastern music scales and experimenting with reverb. Dale was known as "The King of the Surf Guitar", which was also the title of his second studio album. Dale was one of the most influential guitarists of all time and especially of the early 1960s. Most of the leading bands in surf music, such as The Beach Boys, Jan and Dean and The Trashmen, were influenced by Dale's music, and often included recordings of Dale's songs in their albums. His style and music influenced guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Pete Townshend, Eddie Van Halen and Brian May. He has been mentioned as one of the fathers of heavy metal. Many credit him with tremolo picking, a technique that is now widely used in many musical genres (such as extreme metal, folk etc.). His speedy single-note staccato picking technique was unmatched until guitarists like Eddie Van Halen entered the music scene.
popular name: Freddie King
date_of_death: December 28, 1976
cause_of_death: Stomach ulcers and acute pancreatitis
best_know_for: Known as one of the Three Kings of Blues (along with Albert King and B.B. King) Freddie King was the stylistic heir to T-Bone Walker and B.B. King. He would have been remembered as a great Texas blues legend had not been the for the fact he moved Chicago. Between 1960 and 1964 he recorded over 100 sides that are now considered the definitive interpretations of blues standards including Hideaway and I'm Goin' Down. Ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as the 25th greatest guitar player, he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.