Birth Name: Brent Myland
Born in Munich Germany
His father was a U.S. Army Chaplain. He spent childhood in Antioch, Cal, a Bay area suburb. As a youngster he took piano lessons because his sister seemed to enjoy banging away on the ivories. Brent spent his teens performing with various Bay area bands namely Batdorf and Rodney, and Silver in 1978 he joined the Bob Weir Band then Bobby and the Midnights. When Keith Godchaux left the Dead, Brent was asked to take the hot seat and join the celebration.
Mydland provided an element of gusto to the band. He sang strong harmonies which had been lacking. He played a mean Hammond B3 organ bringing forth a completely different style than Keith’s jazzy boogie riffs. He also wrote a number of excellent tunes during his tenure with the boys. Including ‘Blow Away’ ‘Just a Little Light’ and a great cover of ‘Pocky Way’. The band added Dear Mr. Fantasy’ Gimmie Some Loving’ and thoroughly enjoyed the anthem ‘Tons of Steel’ another Mydland composition.
He was the man who lasted the longest behind the Keyboards for the Grateful Dead. Millions of fans associated his unique style with a Dead concert. He entertained fans in the larger outdoor venues and stadiums during the eighties, and became a part of Deadhead mystical lore.
Last song he performed with the band was ‘The Weight’ at the end of the early summer tour in 1990. Brent died of an overdose a few days later, on July 26. His death shocked the entire Grateful Dead extended family and marked the end of a magical era.
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