Today in Rock History – April 10th


1967, Marvin Gaye recorded his version of “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips. 1967, Paul McCartney visits a Beach Boys recording session and is said to have loaned his production assistant to […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Easy To Slip” by Bob Weir


I love the Grateful Dead, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Bob Weir. That might seem strange to say, since Weir was responsible for some of The Dead’s best-loved classics including “Estimated Prophet,” “Black Throated Wind,” “Jack Straw,” “Playing In The Band,” “Greatest Story Ever Told,” “Cassidy,” “Sugar Magnolia,” “The Music Never Stopped” […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “The Promised Land” from Sunshine Daydream by Grateful Dead (from the film Sunshine Daydream, Veneta Oregon, 8/27/72)


I look all around me and see dead people…” We’re in our local movie theater in Lincolnshire, Illinois waiting for the Third Annual – (Jerry Garcia’s Birthday) -Grateful Dead Meet-up At The Movies to begin. This year’s film is from footage that was shot at a benefit show for the Springfield Creamery (makers of Yogurt) […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Lumpy Gravy” by The Persuasions


From Gospel to The Grateful Dead, The Persuasions are an a capella group whose musical tastes know no boundaries. The group’s five original members, Jerry Lawson, Jesse “Sweet Joe” Russell, Jayotis Washington, Herbert “Toubo” Rhoad, and bass vocalist Jimmy “Bro” Hayes began singing on the street corners of Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn during the early 1960s. […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Midnight Moonlight” by Old & In The Way


When not playing with The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia liked to dabble in side projects including stints with his own Jerry Garcia Band, The New Riders Of The Purple Sage, gigging with Merle Saunders, recording with John Wales and guesting on albums by the likes of Ornette Coleman, David Bromberg, Brewer And Shipley, Bob Dylan, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Walkin’ The Dog” by Grateful Dead/Record Store Day Recap


I’m a dyed in the wool, straight up record collector. I’ve been collecting records for more than 40 years and my thirst for music is pretty much insatiable. Today, I got totally played on by “the man.” I’m talking about “the man” who presses the records I buy. The man that I help keep relevant […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Catfish John” by Jerry Garcia Band


It was a tale of two Jerries. By 1980 Jerry Garcia had his day job with the Grateful Dead. During that year, the band released the somewhat weak studio album, Go To Heaven, and took to the road to promote it. While the 1979-1980 shows generally found the band in excellent form, in order to […]

Song Of the Day by Eric Berman – “If I Had My Way” by Peter, Paul and Mary


They were the original prefab group, put together by their manager much in the same way that The Monkees were. But instead of a casting call, Albert Grossman knew exactly what he was looking for to form his folk group…two bearded guys (one on stand-up bass, one on guitar) and one woman, preferably a blonde, […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Someday Baby” by Merle Saunders, Jerry Garcia, John Kahn & Bill Vitt


Last week I posted a deservedly less than positive Song Of The Day critiquing the music from the Dead’s 18-CD “Spring 1990” box set…and I heard plenty about my comments from lots of my Deadhead friends. So, I thought I’d make it up to them with some pre-Jerry Garcia Band, JGB from the Keystone in […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Loser” by Grateful Dead


The latest mammoth box from the Grateful Dead archives is “Spring 1990” featuring 18 discs spanning six full shows between March and April 1990. If you believe the powers that be at, the Spring 1990 tour was “consistently great, where every show is excellent, not a dud in the bunch.” Now I saw my […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Row Jimmy” by Grateful Dead


While most Deadheads would agree that 1972 was a key year for the band due to the amount of then-new material added to the mix now considered standards, as evidenced on last year’s essential “Complete Europe ’72” mammoth box set release. I too agree, but I really love the 1973-74 shows and the tracks from […]

Today in Rock History – February 11th

beatles 1964

1964, The Beatles made their live concert debut in the US at the Washington Coliseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000 plus screaming fans in control. One police officer who found the noise so loud, stuck a bullet in each ear as ear plugs. The Beatles had to stop three times […]

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – “Russian Lullaby” by Jerry Garcia


Like his first solo album, Jerry Garcia’s second solo album was plainly title “Garcia.” When promo copies were shipped to reviewers upon its release in 1974, the cover came with a “Compliments” sticker on it and reviewers believed the record was titled “Compliments Of Garcia,” hence the record became known by that title. When it […]

Vinyl Schminyl Radio Classic Deep Cut 1-12-12


Great cut from the Grateful Dead from their album From The Mars Hotel.  Scarlet Begonias. Click on the album cover.

Song Of The Day by Eric Berman – "The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion)" by Grateful Dead

          Song Of The Day – “The Stranger (Two Souls In Communion) by Grateful Dead One of the many joys of listening to the “Complete Europe ’72” box set by Grateful Dead has been the many versions of this Pigpen tune. Pig is at his soulful best on this tune…and for […]