Episode Air Date: October 26, 2016
Artist: The Mississippi Sheiks
Recording Title: Sitting On Top of the World
Youre listening to Sitting On Top OfThe World, recorded by The Sheiks in 1930. The song graced the Grateful Dead’s eponymously-titled first album, released in 1967. The Dead were sitting on top of the Haight-Ashbury scene at the time, where they established a dedicated following. Their followers would eventually come to be called deadheads, following the band around the country, leaving their parents’ broken hearts in their wake.
Forget all your pre-conceived notions of deadheads. Tony Blair was a big fan, and so was Bill Clinton (though he must’ve held his breath whenever he listened). But the “celebrity deadhead” award goes to Bill Walton. The ginger-haired basketball legend saw an estimated 650 shows, earning him the nickname “Grateful Red”.