Their Story

Legion of Mary was the group name used by the final lineup of Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders, beginning in December of 1974. The core members of the group, Garcia, Saunders, and John Kahn, had been performing together since 1971. New members included Martin Fierro on saxophone and flute, and Elvis Presley drummer, Ron Tutt. In fact, the presence of Tutt was what determined the band’s billing for each show—with him they were Legion of Mary, and without him they played as Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders. The group played together until the summer of 1975, after which the Jerry Garcia Band became Garcia’s main performing group when the Grateful Dead were off the road.


  • Jerry Garcia

    guitar, vocals

    1975 - 1975

  • John Kahn


    1975 - 1975

  • Merl Saunders

    keyboards, vocals

    1975 - 1975

  • Martin Fierro

    saxophone, flute

    1975 - 1975

  • Ron Tutt


    1975 - 1975