A founding member of The Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann has 72 candles on his bi…

Written by on May 11, 2018


A founding member of The Grateful Dead, Bill Kreutzmann has 72 candles on his birthday cake today.

Bill started playing drums at the age of 13. His sixth grade music teacher that he could not keep a beat.

At the end of 1964 he co-founded the band the Warlocks, along with Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Ron “Pigpen” McKernan. Their first real gig was May 5, 1965, two days before Kreutzmann’s nineteenth birthday. During the band’s early days, Kreutzmann sometimes used a fake draft card with the name “Bill Sommers” to be admitted to bars where the band was playing, since he was underage.

Happy Birthday Bill!!!




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