Rock Chronology #177: Truckin’


“Truckin'”, The Grateful Dead, 1970.

The Grateful Dead broke into the mainstream in 1970 by releasing two successful albums. In fact the second album, American Beauty had an even greater impact than the first. The album peaked at #30 in the US, but it eventually went on to sell over two million copies thanks to The Grateful Dead’s enduring fan base.

“Truckin'” was the only single released from American Beauty, and it peaked at #64 in the US. It also appeared on the live album Europe ’72 which has sold over two million copies and the 1974 album Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead which has sold over three million copies. In general the music from these two 1970 Grateful Dead albums would form the foundation for what fans would be coming back to for decades.

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