Today is the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death

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Jerry Garcia 20 Years Later


On August 9, 1995, Jerry Garcia -- a singer/songwriter and frontman for The Grateful Dead -- died in his sleep at age 53 in a rehabilitation center in California.

Garcia's story is an interesting one. At age 17, he dropped out of school and served in the U.S. Army for 9 months before being kicked out for poor conduct.

Once he was done with his time in the army, he began playing folk and blues music on the guitar, and he worked as a salesman and a music teacher on the side.

In 1965, he formed a band called the Warlocks, but once he discovered that the name was already taken by another band, he changed the name to the Grateful Dead. The band had very close ties to the hippie movement in San Francisco, and with the popularity of drugs such as LSD, the band started off by playing what was called "psychedelic" rock. They later moved on to more variety with rock music in the 1970s.

The Grateful Dead toured for decades, with a loyal following of fans that was labeled as "Deadheads". During his time in the band, Jerry continued to have an intense drug addiction, which ultimately led to the heart failure that caused his unfortunate death.

Jerry Garcia left quite the legacy behind, though. He even has a Ben and Jerry's ice cream flavor named after him -- Cherry Garcia.

See the gallery below for pictures of Jerry Garcia through the years:

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Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead through the years
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Today is the 20th anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death
circa 1965: American psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead poses on Haight-Ashbury, San Francisco, California, 1960s. Left to right, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir, Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan (1946 - 1973), Jerry Garcia (1942 - 1995) and Phil Lesh. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
A promotional postcard for concerts featuring Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead, October 1966. Also on the bill are Lightning Hopkins, Loading Zone, The Yardbirds, and Country Joe and the Fish at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Blank Archives/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JUNE 8: Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs at the Cafe Au Go Go on June 8, 1967 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Don Paulsen/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - CIRCA 1968: 1968, California, San Francisco, Grateful Dead, L-R: Jerry Garcia, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart (standing). ((Photo by Malcolm Lubliner/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images))
American singer and musician Jerry Garcia (1942 - 1995), lead guitarist and vocalist of the psychedelic rock band the 'Grateful Dead,' lifts up a clenched fist as he performs into a microphone on stage at the Fillmore East, New York, New York, February 11, 1969. At the concert the band opened for blues inspired rock singer Janis Joplin. (Photo by David Fenton/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia & Santana Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia & Santana Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Ginny Winn/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Ginny Winn/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Robert Altman/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Richard McCaffrey/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
A portrait of Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead at the Tivoli in April 1972 in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of GRATEFUL DEAD and Jerry GARCIA (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of GRATEFUL DEAD and Jerry GARCIA (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 28: The Grateful Dead (L to R: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh) perform at a free concert in Lindley Meadow on September 28, 1975 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
SANTA CRUZ, CA - FEB 1976: Jerry Garcia performs with the Jerry Garcia Band at the Del Mar Theater on February 26, 1976 in Santa Cruz, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
OAKLAND - OCTOBER 9: Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir performing with 'the Grateful Dead' in Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on October 9, 1976. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - JUNE 1978: Jerry Garcia performs with the Grateful Dead in June 1978 in Santa Barbara, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Jerry GARCIA and GRATEFUL DEAD; Jerry Garcia (centre) (Photo by Ebet Roberts/Redferns)
SAN JOSE - APRIL 1979: Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir perform with The Grateful Dead at Spartan Stadium on April 22, 1979 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, UNITED STATES - MAY 22: Jerry Garcia performing with the Grateful Dead at the Greek Theater in Berkeley on May 22, 1982. (Photo by Clayton Call/Redferns)
CIRCA 1987: Rock band 'The Grateful Dead' performs in circa 1988. (L-R) Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzman, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Hart, Brent Mydland. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Jerry Garcia, Jerry and the Mountain Boys 'Frost' 1988 Palo Alto Calif. Stanford University Image By: Tim Mosenfelder/ImageDirect
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BLOOMINGTON, MN - APRIL 17: The Grateful Dead with (L-R) Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia, and Brent Mydland perform at the Met Center in Bloomington, Minnesota on April 17, 1989. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - AUGUST 29: Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead performs at the Greek Theater on August 29, 1989 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
CARSON CA - May 5: Bob Weir (L) and Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead performs at Cal State Dominguez Hills on May 5, 1990 in Carson California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 23: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposure made in camera) Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead performs at Autzen Stadium on June 23, 1990 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1970: Photo of Jerry Garcia (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
TAHOE CITY, CA - AUGUST 24: John Kahn (L) and Jerry Garcia of the Jerry Garcia Band perform at the Squaw Valley Music Festival on August 24, 1991 in Tahoe City, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
OAKLAND CA - February 21: Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead performs at the Oakland Colusium Arena on February 21, 1993 in Oakland California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Pinned to a telephone pole at the corner of Haight St. and Ashbury in San Francisco is a picture of Jerry Garcia and flowers left in his honor. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Members of the Grateful Dead,L-R, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir. (AP Photo/File)
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