I'm a day late, but better late than never, I have always heard.
Keith Godchaux would have been 59 on Thursday(He died on July 23rd, 1980). He was the piano player for the Grateful Dead from 1971 until 1979.
I think there are people that love his playing, people that hate it.
I'm sort of in the middle. I definitely dig the sound of the piano, but it is a bit limited as well. I love his playing on U.S Blues(one of my favorite Dead tunes- Sorry, Jen), and I love a lot of his live playing. However, I am a big Brent fan, and I do like the versatility he brought when he joined the band. I often think it would be great to have been able to have PigPen, Keith and Brent all play together- that would be a hoot. Perhaps that's going on upstairs somewhere.
I would also like to add that I kinda like Keith's one vocal contribution to the band "Let Me Sing Your Blues Away" from Wake Of The Flood.
Happy birthday, Keith.