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The Grateful Dead (and friends) Play Reggae

The Grateful Dead played only one reggae song, Stir It Up. Various Jerry Garcia bands played a number of reggae songs as did Phil Lesh & Friends, Bob Weir, and various Bill Kreutzmann groups.

The term reggae is used here in the broader sense of the word incorporating the more specific genres of ska, rocksteady and reggae.

This page documents 14 reggae songs played by the Grateful Dead and related bands.

54-46 Was My Number

54-46 Was My Number was performed by Voodoo Dead in 2015.

The song was originally released on a single by The Maytals in 1970

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Congo Man Chant

Congo Man Chant was performed by Voodoo Dead in 2015.

The song was originally released on a single by The Congoes in 1977

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Get Up, Stand Up

Jams based on Get Up, Stand Up were played by Phil Lesh & Friends and by Voodoo Dead.

The song was first recorded by The Wailers in 1973 and released on the Burnin' album and, in some countries, on a single.

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The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come was performed over 350 times by various Jerry Garcia groups between 1973 and 1995. Also played by Phil Lesh & Friends, Billy & The Kids, Voodoo Dead and Bob Weir with Soul Ska.

The song was originally released on a single by Jimmy Cliff in 1971

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I Shot The Sheriff

I Shot The Sheriff was performed by The Other Ones and Phil Lesh & Friends.

The song was originally released on the Wailers album Burnin'.


 
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Intensified

Intensfied was performed by Bill Kreutzmann, Scott Murawski and Mike Gordon.

The song was originally released on a single by Desmond Dekker in 1968

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Johnny Too Bad

Johnny Too Bad was played a handful of times by the Jerry Garcia Band in 1994 and 1995.

The song was originally released on a single by The Slickers in 1970

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Monkey Man

Monkey Man was played by the Kreutzmann / Burbridge / Murawski Trio in 2008.

The song was originally released on a Maytals single in 1969.

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Pressure Drop

Pressure Drop was played by Bill Kreutzmann, Steve Kimock and Mike Gordon in 2007.

The song was originally released on a Maytals single in 1969.

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Sitting In Limbo

Sitting In Limbo was performed over 100 times by various Jerry Garcia groups between 1974 and 1994 and was also performed by Bobby & The Midnites, Ratdog, and the Phil Lesh Trio.

The song was originally released on a Jimmy Cliff single in 1971.

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Stir It Up

Stir It Up was performed by the Grateful Dead, the Other Ones, the Jerry Garcia Band and the Heart Of Gold Band.

The song was first recorded by The Wailers in 1967 and released on a single.

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Stop That Train

Stop That Train was performed by various Jerry Garcia groups between 1974 and 1994.

The song was originally released on the Wailers album Catch A Fire.

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Struggling Man

Struggling Man was performed by Jerry Garcia with Reconstruction in 1979 and with the Jerry Garcia Band between 1990 and 1995.

The song was originally released on a Jimmy Cliff single in 1972.

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Three Little Birds

Three Little Birds was played by the trio Bill Kreutzmann, Scott Murawski and Mike Gordon in 2008. It was also performed by Bob Weir sitting in with Michael Franti and Spearhead in 2014.

The song was originally released on the Bob Marley & The Wailers LP Exodus in 1977.

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Last updated March 2020