Produced in 1948, Keith Godchaux was raised in California, and played music using various groups in the 1960s before assembly the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia in 1971. Godchaux started playing the keyboard for the group that October, and he stayed in the lineup, for both live shows and a few studio sessions. Feeling the impacts of drug use as well as the rigors of the trail, Godchaux made a decision to leave the group in 1979. He died a year after in an automobile crash, in the age of 32.
Godchaux’s dad was a musician, and Godchaux himself revealed an early fascination with music and started playing at various places in his teens In a fateful Grateful Dead show in San Francisco in 1971, Godchaux and his wife, Donna Godchaux, introduced themselves to vocalist and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The group happened to be in need of a keyboardist, as their very own keyboardist, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, had fallen ill. From the autumn, Godchaux was touring with all the Dead, playing his first show together on October 19, 1971, in the University of Minnesota. Donna joined the group shortly after.
Whenthe band took a rest in 1975, Godchaux and Donna formed a self-titled group and released a self-titled record, on which JerryGarcia appeared. From the following year, but the rock star life, including regular touring and medicine consumption, had started to wear Godchaux down. So he and Donna left the Grateful Dead and come up with a fresh group,the Heart of Gold Band Not long subsequent to the Heart of Gold Band’s first concert, on July 23, 1980, Keith Godchauxwas killed in an automobile crash, in Marin County, California.