Songfacts Podcast: Donna Jean Godchaux of the Grateful Dead

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Donna Jean Godchaux is the only woman to ever be a member of the Grateful Dead. Along with her husband Keith, she was in the group from 1972-1979 as a singer and songwriter. She joined them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

Pre-Dead, Godchaux sang backup in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, appearing on the Percy Sledge classic "When a Man Loves a Woman." She later sang back up on two of Elvis Presley's most famous songs: "Suspicious Minds" and "In the Ghetto."

In this episode, we talk about those Elvis sessions and get the story behind a song she wrote for the Dead called "Sunrise," which appears on the Terrapin Station album. But we start the show with the story behind "Shelter," a song she wrote in 2007 with her guitarist, Jeff Mattson, that she remixed and re-released in 2021.

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