The Memorable Funeral of ‘Chocolate George’
By California Historical Society



The Grateful Dead plays at the wake of Hells Angel ‘Chocolate George,’ who was killed earlier that month in a motorcycle accident on Haight Street. Credit: KRON News footage

#Onthisday 50 years ago. the Haight Ashbury community came together for the wake and funeral for Charles George ‘Chocolate George’ Hendricks, a member of the Hell’s Angels who was popular among hippies. The tributes that day, including a Golden Gate Park concert by the Grateful Dead, remain legendary.

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