A Jerry Garcia RIAA gold record gifted to Rock Scully for "Grateful Dead The Best of Skeletons from
Lot 40
A Jerry Garcia RIAA gold record for "Grateful Dead The Best of Skeletons from the Closest," 1974, 1980
US$ 5,000 - 7,000
£3,000 - 4,200
Auction Details
Lot Details
A Jerry Garcia RIAA gold record for "Grateful Dead The Best of Skeletons from the Closest," 1974, 1980
An official presentation piece displaying the gold-plated record and a miniature image of the album cover set against a brown background; a placard below notes "Presented to / Jerry Garcia / to Commemorate the Sale of More Than / 500,000 Copies of the / Warner Bros. Records / Long-Playing Record Album / 'Grateful Dead The Best of Skeletons from the Closet.'" Also included is Rock Scully's own pristine, never played, promotional copy of the album. These 'promo' L.P.s were traditionally freebies, marked by a punched hole in the corner so they couldn’t be resold. Scully remembers that the band would slit the shrink-wrap on all their own copies to avoid warping the disc. Songs included on this album are: 1) The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion), 2) Truckin', 3) Rosemary, 4) Sugar Magnolia, 5) St. Stephen, 6) Uncle John's Band, 7) Casey Jones, 8) Mexicali Blues, 9) Turn on Your Love Light, 10) One More Saturday Night, and 11) Friend of the Devil; gifted directly to Rock Scully from Jerry Garcia.
Matted and Framed: 21 x 17in


  • "The album "Skeletons from the Closet" became one of the best selling Grateful Dead records ever. It was awarded Gold in 1980, went Platinum in 1986, multi-Platinum in 1994 and RIAA-certified triple-Platinum in 1995. Also unique for such a highly decorated album was the fact that only six Gold Records were awarded, one for each band member. It is my firm belief that I may be the only person, outside of Jerry’s immediate next of kin, to own such a prestigious piece of his recording history. I’m going to relate how and why Jerry gifted me this award: In an effort of fair play on exiting our recoding contract with Warner Bros., I had promised the company’s president, Joe Smith, a compilation album. These years, 1972-1974, were our heaviest touring to date and added to that, we were recording our first release for our newly formed independent record company. As we were putting the final touches on "Wake of the Flood" in 1973, Jerry Wexler [of Atlantic Records] called me to ask for a personal favor. He explained that his son, a huge fan of the band, had created a "best of" album on his own and would I consider dropping my efforts in favor of their version titled "Skeletons from the Closet." I spoke with Garcia and he told me I should decide, pending the band's approval of the Wexler mix. We were all great fans of Jerry Wexler and loved the idea of doing him a favor. His son’s selections were fine by us and we were too busy with our new "Grateful Dead Records" projects anyway. We released "Wake" in October of 1973 and "Skeletons" was released the following year in 1974. Our previous Gold Records for "Workingman’s Dead" and "American Beauty" had been awarded to not only the band but to the essential management and crew as well. When “Skeletons” became RIAA certified Gold in March of 1980, Warner Bros., for some reason, only awarded the RIAA plaques to the band members. When Jerry found that I had not received one, he handed me his and said, "Hell, Rock, this was your idea in the first place. Take mine!"
    -Rock Scully