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Friend Of The Devil
Composer: Jerry Garcia / Robert Hunter / John Dawson

Friend Of The Devil (FOTD) was first performed by the Grateful Dead in March 1970. Acoustic versions of the song were played regularly during that year. The song was probably not performed during 1971 but then returned to the repertoire in 1972 in electric sets. It was subsequently played fairly regularly through to 1995 being totally absent only in 1973.

Robert Hunter wrote about the writing of Friend Of The Devil in his online journal in 2006:

We got to talking about the tune and John [Dawson] said the verses were nifty except for "it looks like water but it tastes like wine" which I had to admit fell flat. Suddenly Dawson's eyes lit up and he crowed 'How about "a friend of the devil is a friend of mine." Bingo, not only the right line but a memorable title as well!

We ran back upstairs to Nelson's room and recorded the tune. I took the tape home and left it on the kitchen table. Next morning I heard early bird Garcia (who hadn't been at the rehearsal–had a gig, you know) wanging away something familiar sounding on the peddle steel. Danged if it wasn't "Friend of the Devil." With a dandy bridge on the "sweet Anne Marie" verse, ..... faster than you can say dog my cats it was in the Grateful Dead repertoire

There are more recorded cover versions of FOTD than of any other Grateful Dead song.


Grateful Dead

info American Beauty, 1970
info Skeletons From The Closet, 1974
info Dead Set, 1981
info American Beauty / Workingman's Dead, 198?
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 5, 1996
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 8, 1997
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 11, 1998
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 15, 1999
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 20, 2001
info The Golden Road (1965-1973), 2001
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 23, 2001
info Singers & Songwriters: 1970-1974, Various Artists, 2001
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 25, 2002
info View From The Vault III, 2002
info View From The Vault III (DVD), 2002
info American Beauty, 2003 (bonus track)
info View From The Vault IV, 2003
info The Very Best Of The Grateful Dead, 2003
info The Closing of Winterland, 2003
info The Closing of Winterland (DVD), 2003
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 33, 2004
info Beyond Description, 2004
info American Beauty (Dualdisc), 2004
info Trilogy, 2005
info Dick's Picks, Vol. 36, 2005
info Grateful Dead Download Vol. 1: 4/30/77, 2005
info Eternally Grateful, 2007
info Road Trips Download: Philadelphia, Nov 5, 1979, 2008
info Winterland June 1977: The Complete Recordings, 2009
info Road Trips: Vol 3, No 3: Fillmore East, 5/15/70, 2010
info Road Trips: Vol 3, No 3: Fillmore East, 5/15/70 Bonus CD, 2010
info All The Years Combine: The DVD Collection, 2012 (bonus song)
info Dave's Picks Vol 7: Normal, 4/24/78, 2013
info Spring 1990 (The Other One), 2014

Jerry Garcia

info Almost Acoustic, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, 1988
info Garcia/Grisman, Garcia/Grisman, 1991
info Live on Letterman: Music from the Late Show, Various Artists, 1997
info Grateful Dawg Soundtrack, Garcia/Grisman, 2001
info Pure Jerry: Theatre 1839, July 29 & 30, 1977, JGB, 2004
info Pure Jerry Sampler: Vols. 1 to 6, Jerry Garcia, 2005
info Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Feb 28, 1986, Jerry Garcia & John Kahn, 2009
info Let It Rock: The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 2: Keystone Berkeley '75, Jerry Garcia Band, 2009

The Dead

info Morrison, CO, July 8, 2003
info Tampa, FL, July 30, 2003
info Wantagh, NY, August 9, 2003
info Irvine, CA, September 18, 2003
info San Francisco, CA, February 9, 2004
info Morrison, CO, June 18, 2004
info Mountain View, CA, June 26, 2004
info Portland, OR, July 2, 2004
info Detroit, MI, July 27, 2004
info Camden, NJ, August 8, 2004
info Dead '09: Philadelphia, PA, May 1, 2009
info Dead '09: Mountain View, CA, May 14, 2009

Other Ones

info The Strange Remain, 1999

Furthur

info Dec 12, 2009, Asbury Park, NJ
info Feb 13, 2010, Fairfax, VA
info Feb 19, 2010, Amherst, MA
info Mar 8, 2010, Portland, OR
info May 29, 2010, Angels Camp, CA
info June 30, 2010, Lowell, MA
info July 30, 2010, Bridgeport, CT
info September 24, 2010, Morrison, CO
info November 14, 2010, Cincinnati, OH
info March 12, 2011, New York, NY
info March 27, 2011, New York, NY
info July 22, 2011, Bridgeport, CT
info Sept 28, 2011, West Valley City, UT
info Oct 8, 2011, Monterey, CA
info Nov 8, 2011, Charlottesville, VA
info April 14, 2012, New York, NY
info April 15, 2013, Port Chester, NY
info July 11, 2013, Brooklyn, NY
info Oct 5, 2013, Los Angeles, CA

Ratdog

info Live At Roseland, 2001
info Philadelphia PA: October 16, 2003
info Wilkes-Barre PA: October 21, 2003
info Poughkeepsie NY: October 26, 2003
info Toronto ON: October 29, 2003
info Detroit MI: November 6, 2003
info Ft. Wayne IN: November 11, 2003
info Des Moines IA: November 13, 2003
info Little Rock AR: November 19, 2003
info New Orleans LA: November 22, 2003
info Phoenix AZ, February 28, 2004
info Vancouver BC, March 6, 2004
info Boise ID, March 12, 2004
info Boulder CO, March 15, 2004
info Albany NY, March 21, 2004
info Sausalito CA, September 4, 2004
info St. Louis MO, September 16, 2004
info LaFayette GA, September 18, 2004
info Anaheim CA, February 4, 2005
info Royal Oak MI, April 2, 2005
info Indianapolis IN, April 4, 2005
info Mashantucket CT, April 9, 2005
info Boston MA, April 23, 2005
info Gilford, NH, September 2, 2005
info Chicago, IL, October 27, 2005
info Greensburg, PA, November 4, 2005
info Worcester, MA, November 12, 2005
info Las Vegas, NV, December 7, 2005
info Long Beach, CA, December 11, 2005
info Seattle, WA, December 17, 2005
info Majesty of the Seas, Carribean Sea, Feb 5, 2006
info Myrtle Beach, SC, March 17, 2006
info Philadelphia, PA, March 25, 2006
info Santa Margarita, CA, June 24, 2006
info Canandaigua, NY, July 10, 2006
info Mariaville, NY, August 19, 2006
info Milwaukee WI, October 21, 2006
info Buffalo NY, October 28, 2006
info Stroudsburg PA, November 6, 2006
info Uncasville CT, November 9, 2006
info Boca Raton FL, November 18, 2006
info Ventura CA, February 10, 2007
info Seattle WA, February 17, 2007
info New York NY, March 10, 2007
info Asheville NC, March 23, 2007
info Milwaukee WI, July 5, 2007
info Cleveland OH, July 16, 2007
info Santa Fe NM, July 25, 2007
info Wantagh NY, August 21, 2007
info Hampton Beach NH, October 26, 2007
info Burlington, VT, November 2, 2007
info St. Petersburg, FL, November 13, 2007
info Boca Raton, FL, November 17, 2007
info St. Louis, MO, March 24, 2008
info Hunter, NY, June 1, 2008
info Hershey, PA, August 25, 2008
info Upper Darby, PA, November 15, 2008
info Fort Myers, FL, November 21, 2008
info San Francisco, CA, December 30, 2008
info Atlanta, GA, July 17, 2009
info Missoula, MT, August 26, 2009
info Las Vegas, NV, September 2, 2009
info Upper Darby, PA, October 17, 2009
info New York, NY, October 24, 2009
info Negril, Jamaica, January 26, 2010
info Upper Darby, PA, February 14, 2014
info Boston, MA, February 24, 2014
info Detroit, MI, March 5, 2014
info Nashville, TN, March 15, 2014
info Grand Rapids, MI, June 10, 2014

Weir/Robinson/Greene Trio

info May 26, 2012, CrossroadsKC, Kansas City, MO, 2012
info May 27, 2012, Bella Music Fest, Geneva, MN, 2012
info May 30, 2012, Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN, 2012
info June 3, 2012, Mishawaka Amphitheatre, Bellvue, CO, 2012

Scaring The Children

info 1/5/11, Teatro Carlo Felice, Jam Cruise 9, US, Scaring The Children, 2011

Phil Lesh & Friends

info Love Will See You Through, Highlights Vol 1, 1999
info Instant Live:June 20, 2006, Nashville, TN, 2006
info Instant Live: June 28, 2006, Raleigh, NC, 2006
info Instant Live: July 18, 2006, Louisville, KY, 2006
info April 4, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014
info April 9, 2014, Port Chester, NY, 2014

 
Other recordings

info Don't It Drag On, Chris Smither, 1972
info The Done Gone Band, The Done Gone Band, 1979
info South Loomis Quickstep, South Loomis Quickstep, 1979
info Jack O'Roses, Robert Hunter, 1980
info Painted Lady, Knoxville Grass, 1980
info Keep On Keepin' On, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, 1989
info Another Way To Find You, Chris Smither, 1990
info Deadicated, Various Artists, 1991
info Nightfall Of Diamonds, Tom Constanten, 1992
info Relix Bay Rock Shop No. 2, Various Artists, 1992
info Live In Japan, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, 1994
info Valley Style, Ka'au Crater Boys, 1995
info Long Live the Dead: A Tribute to the Grateful Dead, Billy and Terry Smith, 1996
info Pickin' On The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 1997
info I'm A Stranger Too/Don't Drag It On, Chris Smither, 1997
info The Bridge School Concerts, Vol. 1, Various Artists (Ministry), 1997
info Live In Tokyo, Mike Wilhelm, 1997
info Desperados Waiting For The Train, Texas Lone Star, 1997
info Dead Delites, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1998
info Friends of Mine, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, 1998
info Travel The Gravel, The Kruger Brothers, 1998
info Swingin' To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 1999
info Too Many Years, Jorma Kaukonen, 1999
info Out Among The Stars, Modern Hicks, 1999
info Rice, Rice, Hillman and Pedersen, Tony Rice / Larry Rice / Chris Hillman / Herb Pedersen, 1999
info Sawin' on the Strings, Tobasco Donkeys, 1999
info Halfway Home, Sno Rogers, 1999
info Party In Your Pants, The Bison Chips, 1999
info Stolen Roses, Various Artists, 2000
info Grateful Dreams, Tom Constanten, 2000
info Dead Grass, Dead Grass, 2000
info Gathering On The Mountain: Live Part 2, Various Artists, 2000
info Wake the Dead, Wake The Dead, 2000
info Monsters of Folk Rock, The Devilish DoubleDylans, 2000
info Lost Marbles, Lost Marbles, 2000
info Long Strange Trip: Swingin' and Pickin' on the Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
info Live, Jorma Kaukonen Trio, 2001
info Take Cover, Andrew Freeman, 2001
info The Blues Tribute To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2001
info Re-Alliance, The Bluegrass Alliance, 2001
info Mountain Laurel, Against The Grain, 2001
info The Midnight Special, Tokyo Bob with Never Mending Tour Band, 2001
info Gifts From The Dead, Gifts From The Dead, 2001
info Roots Music: An American Journey, Various Artists, 2001
info KFOG - Live from the Archives, Vol. 8, Various Artists, 2001
info No Matter of Age, Schluff Jull, 2001
info Stopgap, Mentalward, 2002
info Electronic Tribute To The Grateful Dead, Various Artists, 2002
info Bluegrass Goes to Town: Pop Songs Bluegrass Style, Various Artists, 2002
info Pickin' & Grinnin', South Austin Jug Band, 2002
info The Danny Thomas Band Live, The Danny Thomas Band, 2002
info CoolTur, The Hellbillies, 2002
info Ukulele Summit 5, Various Artists, 2002
info Drunk At The Stone Balloon, Love Seed Mama Jump, 200?
info Don't Mind The Rain, Jessica Bryan, 200?
info The Privateers, The Privateers, 200?
info Live At The Crow's Nest: Eleven O'Clock Set, Darrell Lawhorne, 200?
info Unreleased Cutz and Live Jamz 1994-2002, Mouldy Peaches, 2003
info Grateful Guitar, David Cullen, 2003
info Films About Ghosts: The Best Of, Counting Crows, 2003
info Live! : The Rhumb Line, Tom Eaton and Pick 3, 2003
info Live at Lock 3, Brick Road Ramblers, 2003
info Legends Karaoke, Vol. 45, 200?
info On The Road: July 20, 2004, San Francisco, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info On The Road: July 21, 2004, San Francisco, CA, String Cheese Incident, 2004
info Texacousticana, Guy Schwartz & The New Jack Hippies, 2004
info Guy Schwartz 2004 Box Set, Guy Schwartz, 2004
info Pass The Chicken Wine, Murphy's InLaws, 2004
info Hangingaround, Counting Crows, 2004
info Land Of The Cover Band, Paul Rader, 2004?
info Bluegrass Today, Various Artists, 2004
info Jerry Jams, Jerry Cares, Various Artists, 2005
info Just Add Salt, Mike Aiken, 2005
info On The Road: October 19, 2005, Charlotte, NC, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info On The Road: Travelogue Fall 2005, String Cheese Incident, 2005
info It Ain't the Years, Duke City Swampcoolers, 2005
info Kudzu, Run Of The Mill, 2005 (as Blackberry Devil)
info Thank God For Kentucky, Various Artists, 2005
info Deadgrass, Deadgrass, 2005
info Best Uv Grass, Various Artists, 2005
info Empire, Mentone, 2006
info Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico Soundtrack, Various Artists, 2006
info Test of Time, Lalla Rookh, 2006
info On The Road: June 30, 2006, Magna, UT, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: July 8, 2006, St. Louis, MO, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info On The Road: Travelogue Summer 2006, String Cheese Incident, 2006
info HighTone Records Anthology: Rockin From The Roots, Various Artists, 2007
info BlackJack Live!, BlackJack, 2007
info Days Go By, Call It Karma, 2007
info Movin' On, Gee Gee Kettel & Soluna Samay, 2007
info Time Machine, Outta Scope, 2007
info Settin the Table, Company's Comin', Stringin' Along, 2007
info Live from Austin, TX (CD), Cory Morrow, 2007
info Live from Austin, TX (DVD), Cory Morrow, 2007
info Signs, Joseph Cipriano, 2008
info Revolution & Revelations, Hot Ham & Cheese, 2008
info Live at the San Gregorio General Store, Gary Gates Band, 2008
info Celtic Evolution, Padraigh Allen, 2008
info Turning Point, Herrenwies, Germany, August 21, 2009, Steve Kimock & Friends, 2009
info Live at Pineapple Willy's, Ben Prestage, 2009
info Snowblind, Glen French, 2009
info The Live Anthology, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, 2009
info Make It Rain, Keith Greeninger & Dayan Kai, 2009
info Relix Collection, Jorma Kaukonen, 2009
info At Fine Arts Center, UMass, Amherst, MA 11/16/07, The American Beauty Project, 2009
info At Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham, NC 10/15/10, The American Beauty Project, 2010
info Full Circle, Roger Kardinal, 2010
info Yoga Pop Ups: Yoga Tribute To Grateful Dead, 2010
info Lullaby Versions of Grateful Dead, 2010
info Use Your Hands, Connor Desai, 2010
info And The Adventures Of Captain Ward, The Demon Barbers, 2010
info Cake On Cake, Tail, 2010
info Spiral, Dave Wilson Quartet, 2010
info The Wheel: A Musical Celebration of Jerry Garcia, Various Artists, 2011
info Biking With Beverly, Blacktop Blend, 2011
info The Cimarron Sessions, Kyle Everett, 2011
info On A Roll, The Chilli Dogs, 2011
info Follow Through, Zane Charron, 2011
info Take Me On Home, The Moonshine Rooster Band, 2011
info 15 Years Of Awesome! Jackalope Records, Various Artists (Modern Hicks), 2011
info Bikers Welcome Ladies Drink Free, Buck Satan & 666 Shooters, 2012
info Electric Hay: Live, Rollin' In The Hay, 2012
info West End String Band, West End String Band, 2012
info Road 20, K.C. Craine, 2012
info Think Bigger, Cosmo Jarvis, 2012
info Live At Mr. Ricci's Coconut Tree Lounge, Trailer Trash, 2013
info Echoes Of The Outlaw Roadshow, Counting Crows, 2013
info Outside Lands, Tim Flannery, 2013
info These Days, Alex Riffle & The Stiff-Riffs, 2013
info Looper, John Sherry, 2013
info Working Title, Eastern Electric Co., 2014

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