It was in the summer of '65 when we moved to the house on Waverly. Jerry was there for 4 or 5 months I think, maybe a little longer, before moving to the Ashbury house in SF. I stayed on at Waverly for a couple months after he moved. I had the lease on the place. Robert Hunter lived in the attic. David Nelson lived there, as did Dave Parker and his wife, Bonnie.
There was some occasional playing around the house, of course. Any playing Jerry and I did (which was not a lot) would have been on two banjos, prompted by talking about some tune, or some technique. This was during the time when the Warlocks changed their name to the Dead. I had done the artwork for Bill's drum head, a colorful rendering of "Warlocks" that was then obsolete.
I've been doing a bit of writing lately about some of my early memories. I'll steer my thinking toward this particular time period, and see what I can jog loose from my memory to share with you. I can think of a few things offhand, but I need a bit of time to write them down properly.
Just to puncture the myth about unsuccessful banjo players, Rick Shubb invented a revolutionary capo (fretting device) that sold over a million units, and became a legend of a different kind.
The purple house is long gone, turrets and all. It's a condo development now. The address is 653-681 Waverley.
Jerry rehearsed here in
Summer 1965 Rick Shubb, Robert Hunter, David Nelson, Dave and Bonnie Parker