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Today in the Paste Vault, we’re going back 37 years to July 26, 1980, when Jerry Garcia brought his eponymous band to Convention Hall in Asbury Park, N.J.
Garcia and his band were on the road supporting their one and only studio album, 1978’s Cats Under the Stars, which many Deadheads consider Jerry’s finest non-Grateful Dead project, and which Garcia himself often referred to as his favorite album. Although Cats Under the Stars does feature some of his and Robert Hunter’s best collaborative work (including “Rubin And Cherise” and “Gomorrah”), the tour that followed was equally notable for the covers the band often played. Songs one could here on any given night included Jimmy Cliff’s “The Harder They Come,” Little Milton’s “That’s What Love Will Make You Do,” Irving Berlin’s “Russian Lullaby,” Smokey Robinson’s “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and The Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”—all stretched to Dead-like durations and accented with Garcia’s signature guitar flourishes.
On this night in 1980, Garcia and Co. offered two unmistakable melodies to the Jersey crowd: The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” and Bob Dylan’s “Tangled Up in Blue.” Enjoy both in the players below.