SONG DEBUT: Grateful Dead classic “China Cat Sunflower” was played for the first time today in 1968!
The show was “billed” as Ben Franklins Birthday!

Thank you to Mickey Hart for the reminders…
Here are the lyrics in Hunters hand… image courtesy of
china cat sunflower lyrics image courtesy of hunterarchive

And Professor Poster always has some good tidbits on the art!12565473_821826984596108_7987702172371748508_n

“One of My favorites from the Carousel Ballroom from 48 years ago back in 1968. This beautiful poster, featuring Ben Franklin as the central image, was used to promote a one night only dance/concert that featured the Grateful Dead. It fell on Ben’s Birthday to make things even more festive (oh sure)! Also on the bill for this show was Quicksilver Messenger Service. All for just $2.50 at the door like emoticon .
The design by rock artist called Gut – one of the Hell’s Angels and a friend of the Dead – is one of the true classics in the world of psychedelic posters. This is a difficult piece to find in top condition as most have numerous tack holes and many have tape on them. Still, it’ll take more than a Franklin to score one in almost any condition. Light show that night was provided by Jerry Abrams “Headlights”. A slightly over sized “Poster From The Past” that was printed only once ….along with a small 5″X7″ card.
By the way, this IS a full view of the poster, it’s NOT cut off on the sides!

Don’t need Bifocals t’dig this one…..