The Grateful Dead’s longest tenured keyboard player, Brent Mydland, died 21 years ago today. Brent was a fan favorite for his raspy yet powerful vocals and ability to complement guitarists Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir impeccably. Brent died on July 26th, 1990 from a drug overdose at his home in Lafayette, California. His last line on stage at a Grateful Dead show was “I’ve gotta go, but my friend can stick around”. He was replaced by Vince Welnick after his death.
Enjoy this video of the Brent tune “Blow Away” from Philadelphia, PA in 1989.