Happy 71st Birthday to Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. The First Leader of aBand.

Happy 71st Birthday to Ron "Pigpen" McKernan. The First Leader of a Band.
Thoughts and a classic show. 2-14-70



   I come from Memphis where I learned to talk the jive and also fell in love with the Blues. Today,  Ron "Pigpen" Mckernan the first keyboardist and leader of the Grateful Dead would have turned 71 years old. One thing is for certain the sound of The Dead would be a hell of alot different, if he did not live and die like the true bluesman he was. The Grateful Dead may have never existed at all, considering it was his idea to get a group together with his good friend Jerry Garcia. He was the real deal and the founder of our lifestyles. Happy Birthday Pigpen, I heard every word you sang. 
Kevin Long

                                           

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