Phil Lesh
Phil Lesh
Real Name/Full Name Philip Chapman Lesh
Nick Name/Celebrated Name: Phil Lesh
Birth Place: Berkeley, California
Date Of Birth/Birthday: 15 March 1940
Age/How Old: 84 years old
Height/How Tall: In Centimetres – 158 cm
In Feet and Inches – 5′ 2″
Weight: In Kilograms – 67 Kg
In Pounds – 148 lbs
Eye Color: Dark brown
Hair Color: Dark brown
Parents Name: Father – Unknown
Mother – Unknown
Siblings: Unknown
School: Berkeley High School
College: San Francisco State University
Religion: Unknown
Nationality: American
Zodiac Sign: Pisces
Gender: Male
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Girlfriend: N/A
Wife/Spouse Name: Jill
Kids/Children Name: Graham and Brian
Profession: American Musician
Net Worth: $60 million
Last Updated: April 2024

Philip Chapman Lesh is a popular American musician who is known for being one of the founding members of the Grateful Dead group. He used to play bass guitar over the thirty years they were operational. The band disbanded in 1995, after which Lesh went on with the format of Grateful Dead music and formed a side project called Phil Lesh and Friends. They used to perform the original songs of the band, common covers, and other songs of the band’s members. To know more about the biography and the net worth of Phil Lesh, keep reading this article.

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Biography and Early Life

Phil Lesh was born on 15 March 1940 in Berkeley, California. He was much interested in music while growing up and used to play the violin. Later in high school, he stopped playing violin and took up trumpet while also participating in school music. He was also interested in learning the instruments under Bob Hansen while in school and later developed interests in avant-garde classical music and also free jazz.

Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement

So, how old is Phil Lesh in 2024 and what is his height and weight? Well, Phil Lesh’s age is 84 years old as of today’s date 22nd April 2024 having been born on 15 March 1940. Though, he is 5′ 2″ in feet and inches and 158 cm in Centimetres tall, he weighs about 148 lbs in Pound and 67kg in Kilograms.


Lesh attended Berkeley High School, where he used to play the trumpet and participate in other musical activities. He later enrolled at San Francisco State University but only stayed for one semester. He failed to get a position in the school’s band thus felt he was not ready to pursue higher education. He joined Sixth Amy Band with the help of Bob Hansen. However, he was found unfit to join military service.

He later joined the College of San Mateo and wrote the chart of community college chart called the big band. He later acquired the position of the first trumpet chair. He later transferred to the University of California but dropped out after one semester. He later acquired a graduate-level course in Mills College with the help of Luciano Beria, an Italian modernist.

Personal Life: Dating, Girlfriends, Wife, Kids

Phil Lesh With Wife Jill
Phil Lesh With Wife Jill

Lesh is a family man. He has been married to Jill Lesh for many years now. They are blessed with two children, Graham, and Brian Lesh. His sons are also musicians. Together with his wife, they have participated in many charitable organizations. Jill is also an administrator of Unbroken Chain Foundation.

Is Phil Lesh Gay?

No. Phil is straight as far as sexual orientation is concerned. He is neither gay nor bisexual and has never had such rumors. He has been married to one wife over the years and has no history of marital issues in his family.

Professional Career

Lesh was volunteering at KPFA, working as a recording engineer when he met Jerry Garcia, who was a bluegrass banjo player. They became very good friends and was convinced to join their rock band, The Warlocks, as bass player. He had not played bass guitar before and to rehearse their first song Ï Know You Rider.” The band’s name later changed to The Grateful Dead.

Although Lesh was not a prolific composer and singer for his band, he co-wrote such songs as “New Potato Caboose,” Truckin,” Box of Rain,” and “Unbroken Chain.” He had a high tenor voice which contributed to the three-part harmony of the band’s vocals. Later, he had vocal cord damage due to improper singing techniques, thus left high singing parts to Donna Godchaux. He later resumed as a lead vocal on selected songs in 1985.

After the disbanding of the band, Lesh did not quit his music career. He formed his own band, Phil Lesh and Friends, while also continuing to play the offshoots of the band, such as “The Other Ones” and “The Dead.”

He is the author of the book “Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead” which was published in April 2005. He founded a music venue called “Terrapin Crossroads” in 2012. His Phil Lesh and Friends band disbanded in 2014 and from then has regularly performed at Terrapin Crossroads with some of his former band members.


Phil has received various awards and recognitions in his career. he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his membership in the Grateful Dead band in 1994. He is one of the most recognized members of the Grateful Dead band.

Net Worth, Salary & Earnings of Phil Lesh in 2024

Phil Lesh Net Worth
Phil Lesh Net Worth

Phil has earned a great fortune from his career as he has an estimated net worth of $60 million as of 2024. He has earned his wealth from the Grateful Dead band for their music. Later he formed his own band, Phil Lesh and Friends, which operated for a long time. He started his opened a music venue, and this one too has been a great source of his income. His book, which was published in 2005, also contributed to his wealth.

Some Interesting Facts You Need To Know

  • He is an outspoken advocate for a program of organ donation after he underwent a liver transplant due to hepatitis C infections.
  • He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006 and was removed after undergoing surgery.
  • He is the founder of Unbroken Chain Foundation together with his wife, Jill.

Phil Lesh is one of the most successful we have. At his old age, he is still active in his career. Although he has had health problems and undergone several surgeries, he is still strong. He has also contributed a lot to society with his charity involvement.


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