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DONNA JEAN GODCHAUX
BIOGRAPHY

GRATEFUL DEAD BIOGRAPHES: DONNA JEAN GODCHAUX

Birth Name: Donna Jean Thatcher-MacKay

DOB: August 22, 1947.

Born Florence, Alabama

Had her first audition for backing vocals at age 12. When she was 15 started her career as session singer. She performed backing vocals for Elvis Presley Percy Sledge and Boz Scaggs at Muscle Shoals in Alabama. Met Keith in San Francisco and in 1970 they were married.

Donna provided angelic backing vocals for seven amazing years. After leaving the Dead, Keith and Donna formed ‘The Heart of Gold Band’ a couple months later Keith was killed in an auto accident. Donna found solace in Christianity, stopped drinking, remarried and does session work in Alabama. She still tours with various musicians.

 

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