D onna Jean McKay (formerly Godchaux) was the only female memeber of the Grateful Dead. She sang with the boys in the 70’s, her husband Kieth was their keyboardist. Dona Jean has also done vocals for Elvis Presley, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding.
If you want to listen to a Grateful Dead Donna birthday show, check out this 8/22/1972 recording from the Berkely Community Theater (BCT) – How about the GDTRFB?!
Here is a video treat from7/18/2009, the Donna Jean Godchaux Band performing a rare 70’s Jerry Garcia tune The Mighty High. She is joined by a couple of back up "Donnas" – Lisa Mackey from Dark Star Orchestra and Lizzy Friel from Reflections (too bad the name The Donnas is taken…)
Thanks Donna for doing your part to make sure the music never stops!