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Jerry Garcia Net Worth

Jerry Garcia Net Worth 2023: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

Jerry Garcia net worth is
$40 Million

Jerry Garcia Wiki Biography

Jerry Garcia was born on the 1st August 1942, in San Francisco, California USA, of British and Spanish ancestry, and passed away on the 9th August 1995 in Forest Knolls, California. He was a musician – singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known for being a co-founder of the rock band The Grateful Dead. His career in the entertainment industry was active from 1960 to 1995.

Have you ever wondered how rich Jerry Garcia was? Sources estimated that Garcia counted his net worth at the impressive amount of $40 million – obviously, most of his income was the result of his successful career as a musician. Over the course of his career, he collaborated with numerous musicians, including Tom Fogerty, Pete Sears, Bruce Hornsby, Art Garfunkel, and many others, and this also contributed to the overall size of his wealth.

Jerry Garcia Net Worth $40 Million

Jerry Garcia was brought up by Jose Ramon Garcia and Ruth Marie Clifford. His father was a professional musician, thus, Jerry grew up surrounded by music and from an early age he started taking piano lessons, but as a teenager he switch to the guitar. While he attended elementary school – Monroe – he showed interests in arts as well as his musical skills, so he entered the San Francisco Art Institute. He also went to Analy High School, but didn’t matriculate, because of his decision to join the U.S. Army, from which he was discharged. However, while he was in high school, Jerry became a member of the school band the Chords, with which he won a contest and recorded his first song, “Raunchy” by Bill Justis, and so his career began.

Before The Grateful Dead was formed, Garcia played in various bands such as Warlocks, which later became The Grateful Dead. Since music was his main focus, along the way he met with numerous musicians including fellow founding members of The Grateful Dead, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan and Bob Weir.

The band’s line up changed often, but that didn’t stop them from playing for 30 years, until 1995. During that period, the band released 13 studio albums, some of which reached platinum and gold certification, such as “Aoxomoxoa” (1969), “Workingsman’s Dead” (1970), “American Beauty” (1970) – one of the band’s greatest albums, reaching double platinum – “In The Dark” (1987), and the last studio album “Without A Net” (1990). During the 30 years period, this was the main source of Garcia’s net worth.

However, Jerry was also involved in several other bands, which were his side projects, such as the Jerry Garcia Band, with which he created several albums, the band Old And In The Way with John Khan, Peter Rowan, David Grisman, Richard Greene, and John Hartford, who left the band before they became popular.

Furthermore, Garcia was a part of the Garcia/Grisman acoustic duo, Saunders-Garcia band, and also a part of the New Riders of the Purple Sage. Garcia as well released several solo albums such as “Garcia” (1972), “Compliments” (1974), and his last solo release “Run For The Roses” (1982), which only added further to his overall net worth.

Speaking about his personal life, Jerry Garcia was in marriage thrice. His first wife was Sara Ruppenthal(1963-67), with whom he had a daughter. Later, he married Carolyn Adams(1981-94), and they had two daughters. In 1994 he married Deborah Koons, who he left widowed. Throughout his entire life, Jerry was drug addicted, so was frequently in rehab. Unfortunately, at the age of 53 he was found dead in his room at one of the rehabilitation clinics – according to sources, he died from a heart attack. In honor of Jerry, his ex-wife and daughter established in 2015 the Jerry Garcia Foundation, which helps children to develop artistic skills.

Full NameJerry Garcia
Net Worth$40 Million
Date Of Birth1st August 1942, in San Francisco, California USA
Died9th August 1995 in Forest Knolls, California
Height1.78 m
ProfessionMusician, singer, songwriter, guitarist
EducationSan Francisco Art Institute, Analy High School
SpouseDeborah Koons (m. 1994 - 1995), Carolyn Garcia (m. 1981 - 1994), Manasha Matheson (m. 1990 - 1993)
ChildrenTheresa Adams Garcia, Keelin Noel Garcia, Heather Garcia, Annabelle Walker Garcia,
ParentsJose Ramon Garcia, Ruth Marie Clifford
SiblingsClifford Ramon Garcia
Record LabelsRhino, Arista, Warner Bros., Acoustic Disc, Grateful Dead
Albums"Garcia" (1972), “Aoxomoxoa” (1969), “Workingsman’s Dead” (1970), “American Beauty” (1970), "Steal Your Face" (1976), "Not for Kids Only" (1993), "How Sweet It Is" (1997), "The Pizza Tapes" (2000), "Well-Matched: The Best of Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia" (2006), In The Dark (1987), Without A Net (1990)
Music GroupsChords, Warlocks, The Grateful Dead,
Nominations"100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" (Rolling Stone's magazine), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994)
Movies"Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977)
1Favoured the Gibson SG and the Fender Stratocaster
2Extremely Long Beard
3Black T-Shirt
4Wild Improvisational Playing style
1A lot of times, when we write a song for a record, it really doesn't turn into what it's gonna become until we've been performing it a few years. So normally our records are usually failures on that level.
2Well, when you're seventeen, you can handle the army, you don't mind. At least for as long as I was in, which was for about nine - ten months. Then I got kicked out. I had pathological anti-authoritarianism.
3[on Grateful Dead's more complicated music] You can't just play the way The Grateful Dead plays without working at it. It's not something that is easy or just happened to us. There was a long, slow process that brought that into being.
4[on his lack of interest in fame and success] You know, I could have spent my whole life playing the blues in a Mission Street dump and been just as happy. All my life, man, all my life.
5([on his favorite movie, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)] My general fascination with the bizarre can definitely be traced to this movie.
6I would describe my own electric guitar playing as descended from barroom rock-and-roll, country guitar and jazz. Just because that's where all my stuff comes from. It's like that blues instrumental stuff that was happening in the late '50s, early '60s. Like 'Freddie King'.
7First of all I don't think of myself as an adult. An adult is someone who's made up their mind. When I go through airports and the people who have their whole material thing together, who are clean, well-groomed, who have tailored clothes, who have their whole material thing together, these people are adults. They've made their decision to follow those routines. I would say I was part of a prolonged adolescence.
8Drug use is kind of a dead-end street. It's one of those places you turn with your problems, and pretty soon all your problems just become that one problem. Then it's just you and the drugs.
9Magic is what we do, music is how we do it.
10[commenting on environmental issues] Somebody's got to do something, and it's a damned shame that it has to be us!
11I'd rather have my immortality while I'm alive. I don't care if it lasts beyond me at all. I'd just as soon it didn't.
12Deadheads are kinda like people who like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but people who like licorice, REALLY like licorice!
1Formed a folk-rock duo with Sara Ruppenthal, whom he then married, called "Jerry and Sara". They were divorced in 1967. [1963]
2In 1986, he went into a severe diabetic coma and nearly died. When he awoke, he had to relearn how to play the guitar, but started touring with the Dead again the following year.
3Had a fourth daughter named Keelin with partner Manasha Matherson in 1987. Despite still being married to Carolyn Adams at the time, though they were married (since 1981 mainly for financial reasons) they didn't live together.
4Was once held hostage in a hotel room at gunpoint by a pimp who had Garcia mistaken for another man he was after.
5Worked for a short time as a proofreader for Lenny Bruce in the early 1960s.
6Most known for his long, flowing, and melodic guitar solo's and improvisation in live music.
7Was one of the first rock musicians to master the pedal steel guitar and helped revive its sound and help it reach a bigger and more mainstream audience due to his playing with Crosby Stills Nash & Young and The New Riders of the Purple Sage in the country rock genre.
8Was a master bluegrass Banjo picker who helped revive the Banjo sound and helped bring it to a younger and more mainstream audience with his playing in the band Old and in the Way and other sessions.
9Once during a benefit concert in the late 1980s on stage with fellow guitar great Carlos Santana, Santana stopped playing mid-song to salute Garcia who was playing so brilliantly.
10Suffered from carpal tunnel syndrome in the later years of his life, it hampered his mobility and guitar playing.
11A keen and talented artist, he created over 500 pieces of artwork during his lifetime. Some can be found on his website and in various books, galleries, and art tours.
12He won the award for best Banjo player in the amateur division at the 1963 Monterey Folk Festival.
13Had 4 daughters: Heather, Annabelle, Thersea, and Keelin.
14Ranked number 13 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time.
15Grateful Dead were voted the 55th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artists of all time by Rolling Stone.
16Co-writes his songs with Robert Hunter; Hunter writes the lyrics, Garcia the music.
17The Roseanne (1988) episode "Halloween - The Final Chapter" was dedicated to his memory.
18Once met Frank Sinatra at an airport and the two discussed music theory.
19Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of Grateful Dead). [1994]
20The famous Grateful Dead House - home to many a "hit" - is located at 710 Ashbury Street in San Francisco.
21In the US, there is a Ben & Jerry's brand of ice cream called "Cherry Garcia".
22Guitarist, vocalist, song writer for Grateful Dead.
23Missing half of his right middle finger


Conan2015-2016TV Series writer - 2 episodes
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy FallonTV Series music - 2 episodes, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Animal House of Blues 33 1/32015Documentary writer: "SCARLET BEGONIAS"
The Mindy Project2014TV Series writer - 1 episode
Wild2014/Iwriter: "Ripple"
Foxcatcher2014writer: "St. Stephen"
The Simpsons2013TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Auction2013writer: "Ripple"
Bank Roll2012writer: "Casey Jones"
Animal House of Blues: How a Community Helped Create a Hollywood Blockbuster or Two2012Documentary writer: "SCARLET BEGONIAS"
Parenthood2012TV Series writer - 1 episode
Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding2011writer: "Scarlet Begonias", "Loose Lucy", "Stella Blue"
Blue Crush 22011Video writer: "Black Muddy River", "Truckin'"
Salvation Boulevard2011writer: "Brown Eyed Women", "Franklin's Tower"
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place2011Documentary writer: "Mindbender Confusion's Price", "Truckin'"
The Music Never Stopped2011arranger: "Not Fade Away/Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad" Traditional / writer: "Uncle John's Band", "Truckin'", "Touch of Grey", "Truckin' Live at Deer Creek Music Center, July 15, 1989", "Ripple", "Touch of Grey Live at Brendan Byrne Arena, October 14, 1989"
Extraordinary Measures2010writer: "Truckin'"
The Box2009/Iwriter: "Scarlet Begonias"
Peyote to LSD: A Psychedelic Odyssey2008TV Movie documentary writer: "Dark Star"
Hold On2008/IShort "Jackaroo"
Lucy: The Daughter of the Devil2007TV Series writer - 1 episode
Phil Lesh & Friends Live at the Warfield2006Video "Slipknot!" / writer: "Cosmic Charley", "Uncle John's Band", "Eyes of The World", "St. Stephen", "The Eleven", "New Speedway Boogie", "Franklin's Tower"
Catch and Release2006/IIwriter: "Uncle John's Band" 1970
Big Love2006TV Series performer - 1 episode
Parashat Ha-Shavua2006TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Wendell Baker Story2005writer: "Scarlet Begonias"
The Life and Hard Times of Guy Terrifico2005writer: "Friend of the Devil"
Festival Express2003Documentary "Blues Jam" / performer: "Country Jam", "Better Take Jesus' Hand", "I Can't Do It Baby", "Ain't No More Cane", "CC Rider" / writer: "Casey Jones", "Friend of the Devil", "New Speedway Boogie" - as J. Garcia
The Dreamers2003writer: "Dark Star" 1968
Highway2002/Iwriter: "Scarlet Begonias"
Freaks and Geeks2000TV Series writer - 1 episode
Mystery Science Theater 30001997-1999TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Runaway Bride1999"Ripple"
A Walk on the Moon1999writer: "Ripple" 1970, "Uncle John's Band" 1970 - as J. Garcia
Around the Fire1998writer: "Brown Eyed Women"
Celebrity1998music: "Truckin'" 1970
Great Expectations1998writer: "Uncle John's Band"
The Life and Times of the Red Dog Saloon1996Documentary writer: "Cream Puff War"
Flirting with Disaster1996writer: "Truckin'"
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Baseball1994TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
The Wonder Years1993TV Series writer - 1 episode
Rude Awakening1989writer: "Uncle John's Band"
Comic Book Confidential1988Documentary music: "Dark Star" / music: "TRUCKIN" - as Jerome Garcia
Into the Homeland1987TV Movie writer: "Truckin'"
One More Saturday Night1986producer: "Excusez Moi, Mon Cherie", "Upper Mississippi Showdown", "Fresh Fruit", "Love Nazi", "Don't Lie to Me"
The Twilight Zone1985TV Series Opening theme music
Mask1985writer: "Ripple"
Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead1981Video writer: "Uncle John's Band", "Bird Song", "To Lay Me Down", "Ripple", "Ramble on Rose", "Franklin's Tower", "Shakedown Street", "He's Gone", "Truckin'"
More American Graffiti1979writer: "Cream Puff War"
WKRP in Cincinnati1979TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live1978TV Series music - 1 episode
White Trash1977writer: "To Lay Me Down", "Sugaree" - uncredited
Little Girl Blue1974writer: "Deal" - uncredited
Dealing: Or the Berkeley-to-Boston Forty-Brick Lost-Bag Blues1972writer: "Attics of My Life"
Zabriskie Point1970performer: "Love Scene" / writer: "Dark Star", "Love Scene"


Move Me Brightly: Celebrating Jerry Garcia's 70th Birthday2013Video
Jerry Garcia: The Wheel2004TV Movie
The End of the Road2001Documentary
Grateful Dead: Backstage Pass1992Video short
Dead Ringers: The Making of the Touch of Grey Video1987Video short
The Twilight Zone1985TV Series 1 episode
Deep Blue World1973Short
Zabriskie Point1970

Music Department

Grateful Dead: So Far1987Video documentary soundtrack mixer
Invasion of the Body Snatchers1978musician: banjo
Deathsport1978musician: guitar
Capone1975musician: guitar - uncredited
Big Bad Mama1974musician: banjo - uncredited


Grateful Dead: So Far1987Video documentary
The Grateful Dead1977Documentary


Cinemax Sessions1989TV Series
Heartbeeps1981Phil (voice)


The Grateful Dead1977Documentary


Hells Angels Forever1983Documentary executive producer


The Music Never Stopped2011special thanks - the estate of


Fare Thee Well: Circles Around the Sun2015Video documentaryHimself
Get Yer Ya Ya's Out2009Video documentary shortHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Grateful Dead Truckin' Up to Buffalo2005Video documentaryHimself
Festival Express2003DocumentaryHimself - Grateful Dead
View from the Vault IV2003VideoHimself
View from the Vault III2002VideoHimself
View from the Vault II2001VideoHimself
The Journey2001DocumentaryHimself
Walk on By: The Story of Popular Song2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Grateful Dawg2000DocumentaryHimself
View from the Vault2000VideoHimself
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation1999DocumentaryHimself
Grateful Dead: Anthem to Beauty1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The History of Rock 'n' Roll1995TV Series documentaryHimself (The Grateful Dead)
Rock & Roll1995TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
ABC in Concert1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1993TV SeriesHimself
Bill Monroe: Father of Bluegrass Music1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
Grateful Dead: Backstage Pass1992Video shortHimself
Branford Marsalis: The Music Tells You1992DocumentaryHimself
Late Night with David Letterman1982-1989TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Grateful Dead: So Far1987Video documentaryHimself
Grateful Dead: Ticket to New Year's Eve Concert1987Video documentaryHimself
Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll1987TV Movie documentaryHimself
Farm Aid '871987TV SpecialHimself (as Grateful Dead)
Dead Ringers: The Making of the Touch of Grey Video1987Video shortHimself
Hells Angels Forever1983DocumentaryHimself
Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead1981VideoHimself - Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead: The Closing of Winterland1978TV MovieHimself - Grateful Dead
The Grateful Dead1977DocumentaryHimself
Fillmore1972DocumentaryPerformers (as The New Riders of the Purple Sage)
Beat-Club1972TV SeriesHimself
Baff - Fast eine Sendung1971TV SeriesHimself
San Francisco Rock: A Night at the Family Dog1970TV Movie documentaryHimself - Grateful Dead
Gimme Shelter1970DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Woodstock1970DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Playboy After Dark1969TV SeriesSinger

Archive Footage

Jerry: The MovieDocumentary post-productionHimself
The Untitled Grateful Dead Documentary ProjectDocumentary post-productionHimself
Janis: Little Girl Blue2015DocumentaryHimself
The Sixties2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Grateful Dead
Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience2014ShortHimself
Sunshine Daydream2013Himself
Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores2012DocumentaryHimself
Magic Trip: Ken Kesey's Search for a Kool Place2011DocumentaryHimself
Woodstock: Now & Then2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sex in '69: The Sexual Revolution in America2009DocumentaryHimself
All Tomorrow's Parties2009DocumentaryHimself
I See the Music: Baron Wolman - The Rolling Stone Years2008ShortHimself
Chelsea on the Rocks2008DocumentaryHimself
1968 with Tom Brokaw2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Drug Years2006TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Live from New York: The First 5 Years of Saturday Night Live2005TV Special documentaryHimself
The Dream Studio2004Video documentary shortHimself
Jerry Garcia: The Wheel2004TV MovieHimself
Silicon Valley: A 100 Year Renaissance1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
Feed Your Head1997Documentary shortHimself
Timothy Leary's Last Trip1997DocumentaryHimself

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