"Deadhead" is the name given to those enthusiastic fans of the Grateful Dead who have made it their life's calling to attend every Grateful Dead concert, buy every Grateful Dead record and piece of memorabilia available and follow the lives of the member of the Grateful Dead band, or " The Dead" as they are affectionately called by their faithful.
The Grateful Dead was founded in 1965 in San Francisco, California and were an active and accomplished group until 1995. Often citing the Beatles as the most important musical influence on their own unique sound, the Grateful Dead share an iconic status with them.
Due in large measure to their manager, Hal Kant, The Grateful Dead were a forerunner in the role of bringing in millions of dollars by retaining ownership of their intellectual property and merchandising rights. Kant advised the Grateful Dead to keep ownership of their music masters which enabled them in the decades to come to profit from online social games and mobile applications that are created upon the band's heritage.
Throughout their decade's long musical career, the Grateful Dead performed 2300 concerts, and became recognized for their Wall of Sound. Over the years, their main spokesperson often was referred to as Jerry Garcia, the lead vocalist who grew up under the influence of bluegrass, but he didn't want to be known as the lead. This was primarily due to the fact that all of the Grateful Dead members were looked upon as equal participants in all of their creative and musical endeavors.
In 1994, twelve of the members of the Grateful Dead were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed the Grateful Dead at # 57 on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. However, their greatest honor came on February 10, 2007, when they became the recipients of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Awards.