Merl Saunders R.I.P.


Keyboardist Merl Saunders, the gentle lion of the San Francisco music scene best known as co-captain of guitarist Jerry Garcia’s solo excursions outside the Grateful Dead, died Friday at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center after fighting infections.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sgibson9
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 19:19:25

    Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders (12-1-1970 to 6-16-1971)
    Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
    Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
    John Kahn – bass
    Bill Vitt – drums

    Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders (6-26-1971 to 5-5-1973)
    Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
    Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
    John Kahn – bass
    Bill Vitt – drums (Bill Kreutzmann replaced Vitt on many occasions during this period)
    Tom Fogerty – guitar, vocals
    Sarah Fulcher – vocals (1-15-1973 to 5-5-1973)

    Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders (5-23-1973 to 1-12-1974)
    Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
    Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
    John Kahn – bass
    Bill Vitt – drums

    Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders (1-17-1974 to 12-31-1974)
    Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
    Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
    John Kahn – bass
    Martin Fierro – saxophone, flute
    Bill Kreutzmann – drums (1-17-1974 to 8-11-1974)
    Paul Humphrey – drums (8-15-1974 to 12-31-1974)

    Legion of Mary (1-23-1975 to 7-6-1975)
    Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
    Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
    John Kahn – bass
    Martin Fierro – saxophone, flute
    Ron Tutt – drums

    Reconstruction (1-30-1979 to 9-22-1979)
    Jerry Garcia – guitar, vocals
    John Kahn – bass
    Merl Saunders – keyboards, vocals
    Ed Neumeister – trombone
    Ron Stallings – tenor saxophone, vocals
    Gaylord Birch – drums

  2. deadstein
    Oct 25, 2008 @ 20:55:56

    Thanks to Scott for posting this sad news about Merl. I guess the days Merl shows are now over for good, at least here on Earth, but his influence will continue to touch us for a long time; cause That’s the Touch I Like.

    I know personally, the three Garcia Saunders albums were instrumental, pardon the pun, in me learning how to play guitar. Those albums and shows with Merl exhibited a confident simpleness that enabled me to join in with the music as if they were inviting me to play along. Give the CDs a listen and you can tell how it’s not just inviting me to play along but inviting all musicians to take a song and make it as good as possible. Inviting all to think of the possibilities and reaching for them while always having a beautiful saftey net on which to fall back down upon. Rest in peace Merl and enjoy forever being a part of the Grateful Dead.

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