Death Don't Have No Mercy
Composer: Traditional / Rev. Gary Davis

Death Don't Have No Mercy was probably first performed by the Grateful Dead in early 1966. It was played about 40 times between then and April 1970 with the majority of performances being in 1968 and 1969. After a long absence from Grateful Dead set lists the song returned a handful of times in 1989 and 1990.

Death Don't Have No mercy is usually credited to Rev. Gary Davis. Sometimes credits are traditional. It is possible that Davis adapted existing songs, such as Death Come To My House He Didn't Stay Long, to create Death Don't Have No Mercy.

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info So Many Roads (1965-1995), 1999
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info Fillmore West 1969: The Complete Recordings, 2005
info Fillmore West 1969: Compilation, 2005
info Trilogy, 2005
info Formerly The Warlocks, 2010
info Road Trips: Vol 4, No 1: Big Rock Pow Wow 69, 2010
info Spring 1990 (box set), 2012
info Live Albums Collection, 2013
info Complete Studio Rarities Collection, 2013
info 30 Trips Around The Sun Box Set, 2015
info Long Strange Trip, 2017
info Long Strange Trip: Highlights, 2017
info Aoxomoxoa (50th Anniv. Edition), 2019
info Fillmore West 1969: Feb 28th, 2019
info The Story Of The Grateful Dead, 2020
info Origins: Deluxe Edition LP, 2020
info Dave's Picks Volume 43: 11/2/69 & 12/26/69, 2022

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Rev. Gary Davis

info Harlem Street Singer, 1960
info Pure Religion!, 1963
no info Let Us Get Together, 1974 (UK)
info Great Bluesmen: Newport, Various Artists, 1976
no info Live At Newport, 1991
no info Live at Newport (Extended CD), 2001
no info Beyond Mississippi: The Blues That Left Town, Various Artists, 2002
info Heroes of the Blues: The Very Best of, 2003
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Other recordings

no info Mirrors, John Hammond, 1967
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no info Bone Stonin' Blues, Svare Forsland, 1995
no info Udu Calls, Daniele Cavallanti & Tiziano Tononi, 1995
info Classic Hot Tuna Acoustic, Hot Tuna, 1996
info Splashdown Two, Hot Tuna, 1996
info In A Can, Hot Tuna, 1996
no info Sanctuary Blues, Michael Hakanson-Stacy, 1996
no info Terraplane, Scott Ainslie, 1998
no info Church with One Bell, John Martyn, 1998
no info Blues For Harlem, Larry Johnson, 1998
no info Lifeline, Hans Theessink, 1998
info Dead Delites, Vol. 2, Various Artists, 1998
no info Blues After Sunset, Henry Butler, 1998
no info Terraplane, Scott Ainslie, 1998
no info Stay (Single), Mark Lanegan, 1998
no info The Band Only a Mother Could Love, Los Bubbadinos, 1999
no info Big Road Blues, Carlos del Junco Band & Thom Roberts, 1999
no info Front Porch Blues, John Jackson, 2000
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no info Jail Of Love, Alain Giroux & Jean-Louis Mahjun, 2000
no info Blueprint for the Blues, Orville Johnson, 2000
no info Harp, Steel And Guts, The Blue Rider Trio, 2000
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no info The Gospel According to Austin, Vol. 2, Malford Milligan & Friends, 2001
no info On a High Wire, Mike Brosnan, 2001
no info Country Blues, John Hammond, Jr., 2002 (bonus track)
no info Young People, Young People, 2002
info Patchworks, Linn Barnes and Allison Hampton, 2002
no info One More River to Cross, Various Artists, 2002
info Light Out for the Territory, Nathaniel Street West, 2003
info Extended Versions, Hot Tuna, 2004
no info Let It Go, Alastair Moock, 2004
no info Pastime, Roger "Hurricane" Wilson, 2004
no info Steady Rollin' Man, Don Haupt, 2004
no info Rooster Soup, Jolly Jumper & Big Moe, 2004
no info How I Spent My Summer Vacation, Sterling Koch, 2005
no info Together in Las Vegas, Orville Johnson, John Cephas & Woody Mann, 2005
info At Golden Gate Park, Jefferson Airplane, 2006
no info Toby Walker Plays Well with Others, Toby Walker, 2006
no info The Duo, Pascal Mikealian/Claude Langlios, 2006
info Keep on Truckin': The Very Best of Hot Tuna, Hot Tuna, 2006
no info Albuzerxque, Vol. 22, Various Artists (Bubbadinos), 2006
no info Live: One Peace for the Road, Motu, 2006
no info No Good Deed Goes Unpunished, Malford Milligan Band, 2006
no info Let Us Get Together, Marie Knight, 2007
info 06/17/07, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN, Gov't Mule, 2007
no info Early Morning Blues: The Complete Blue Rider Trio Sessions, The Blue Rider Trio, 2007
info 04/19/08, Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC, Gov't Mule, 2008
info 05/02/08, The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA, Gov't Mule, 2008
info 08/09/08, Masquerade Music Park, Atlanta, GA, Gov't Mule, 2008
no info A Stranger Here, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, 2009
info Rockpalast: West Coast Legends, Vol. 2, Jorma Kaukonen and Vital Parts, 2009
info Live at Pineapple Willy's, Ben Prestage, 2009
info Relix Collection, Jorma Kaukonen, 2009
info Relix Collection, Hot Tuna, 2009
info 2003-08-08 The Bottom Line, New York City, NY, Jorma Kaukonen, 2010
info Live At New Orleans House 09/69, Hot Tuna, 2010
info 08/01/10, Riverfront Park, Cocoa, FL, Gov't Mule, 2010
info Setlist: The Very Best of Hot Tuna Live, Hot Tuna, 2011
info Original Album Classics, Hot Tuna, 2012
info New Morning Waltz: Sounds Of Mandolin Americana, Sam Lyman, 2012
info Live At The New Orleans House, September 1969, Hot Tuna, 2018
info Phantom Ships With Phantom Sails, Live Dead'69, 2019
info The Bodhisattva Blues, Reverend Freakchild, 2020

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