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Grateful Dead or Allman Brothers: Who was the original "jam" band?

Asked by Strauss (20539points) October 5th, 2010

Just recently I heard a recording by Phil Lesh (formerly of the Greatful Dead) & Friends Instant Live. Although I have listened to a lot of “Dead” and derivatives over the years, I was struck by the similarity in sound to the Allman Brothers Band. They were both extremely popular in the late sixties and early seventies, (and beyond), and both were known for long improvisations or jams.

I guess the question comes down to this: Were Jerry Garcia and the Dead influenced by Duane and Gregg Allman, et al, or vice versa, or were both groups influenced by the so-called “psychedelic” jams that were popular with so many groups of the time?

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DeanV's avatar

I’d say you answered your own question about them all being influenced by the same “psychedelic” jam idea/substance.

Technically, however, the Allman Brothers were formed in 1969, and the Grateful Dead in 1965…

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Space Jam

Coloma's avatar

Those were the good ol’ days!

I loved the Dead concerts in the 70’s & 80’s.

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