“You know the music,” said Tom Hagen, an old friend who was once in the band.
“It’s not like, ‘Oh, he’s the biggest, he’ll be the biggest.'”
Hagen was the frontman of the Grateful Dead, and the guitarist was the guitarist who became one of the most successful, celebrated and beloved guitarists of all time.
“The Grateful Dead were the biggest guitarists in the world, and that’s what you hear in ‘Big Railroad Blues.’
They were just the biggest.
They were the most incredible, the best, the brightest, the most entertaining,” said Hagen.
“I don’t think there’s any group of guitarists who’s been in the same boat as they were in the ’60s, ’70s or the ’80s.”
The band’s songs, as they came to be known, are known as “The Dead’s Greatest Hits,” and the group was a force to be reckoned with.
The band had a reputation for jamming with everyone from Bob Dylan to John Mellencamp.
Guitarists from the Rolling Stones to Guns N’ Roses, the Grateful Days, the Rolling Stone staff and even the band members themselves were among the band’s most popular musicians.
Hagen and his bandmates included Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, John Mayer, Brent Mydland, Mickey Thomsen, Bob Weir and Jerry Garcia.
Haugens life as a musician also included stints in the Army during World War II, during which he worked with soldiers.
But the most enduring legacy of the Dead’s early years in the 1970s was their legendary guitar, a gift from Jerry Garcia to his wife, actress Gilda Radner, in 1965.
After the death of Garcia, his longtime friend and guitarist, Hagen moved to Los Angeles in 1969.
He was also a frequent collaborator with musicians like Jerry Garcia and the Dead, including Phil Lefebvre and Bob Weir.
He eventually joined Weir in the studio, and together they recorded The Grateful Dead’s biggest hit, “Dark Star,” for which Hagen also wrote the lead vocals.
The song was the bands first top 10 hit in America, with its No. 1 position.
The Grateful Days followed in 1970, and Hagen joined Weir and Garcia on the drums for a new song, “Mama Tried.”
The song, which was written by Weir and Haugins son, John, also became the band�s biggest single.
The album sold 1 million copies in the United States and Canada, and sold more than 2 million in the U.K. in a year.
“We recorded it in the basement of the club, in a little studio with no electricity, no air conditioning,” said Weir.
“All we had were three guitars.
The first guitar that I was ever on, we played it over and over, and then we added an electric guitar to it.
We were playing to the people in the club at the time, but then we just kind of went in the house and wrote it.”
But despite their accomplishments, the Dead were still struggling financially.
They had no income from touring and were not yet recording the first album.
In the summer of 1970, the band announced that Garcia had died.
It was an unexpected loss for the band and the fans, and it put an end to their relationship with Hagen after he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1983.
In 1994, Haughes bandmate Keith Richards was diagnosed with cancer.
Haughen also died in 2005, but the band was able to make a comeback in the years that followed.
“He was a good friend,” said guitarist Mickey Hart.
“And he was a very good guitarist, too.
So we were just glad that we could bring him back.”