Sunday, August 5, 2012


Legion of Mary was formed by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead and his friend and musical collaborator Merl Saunders.The first shows, in the San-Francisco Bay Area, were performed under the name of "Merl & Jerry". The band lasted from July 12, 1974 to July 5, 1975. Its members included Garcia (guitar and vocals), Saunders (keyboards), John Kahn (bass guitar), Martin Fierro (saxophone and flute) and Paul Humphrey (drums). Ronnie Tutt replaced Humphrey as the band's drummer in February 1975.

In their concerts, Legion of Mary played rock music that had an eclectic mix of influences, including blues, funk, reggae, rock and roll, and especially jazz. Performances included extended improvisation solos, which Garcia made famous with his role in the Grateful Dead. Their only official recording was released on Rhino Records in August 2005, under the name Legion of Mary: The Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1; it is a two-disc set of live material.

Set 1:
d1t01 - That's The Touch I Like
d1t02 - Tuning/"Please turn Merl's mic on..."
d1t03 - I Feel Like Dynamite
d1t04 - Tuning
d1t05 - Last Train From Poor Valley
d1t06 - Finders Keepers
d1t07 - Tough Mama
d1t08 - That's What Love Will Make You Do

Set 2:
d2t01 - I'll Take A Melody
d2t02 - You Can Leave Your Hat On
d2t03 - Mississippi Moon
d2t04 - Harder They Come
d2t05 - Creepin'
d2t06 - How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You)

Legion Of Mary:
* Jerry Garcia - guitar, vocals
* Merl Saunders - keyboards, vocals
* John Kahn - bass
* Martin Fierro - saxophone, flute
* Ron Tutt - drums


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