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Legion of Mary @ Milwaukee - 4/19/1975

Updated: Jul 8, 2021

On this date in 1975, Jerry Garcia led Legion of Mary through an upbeat set at the Oriental Theatre


  • This awesome funky bluesy band helped fill the 1975 Grateful Dead retirement/hiatus

  • Venues ranged from the 400-person Bottom Line in NYC to this 1500-person Oriental Theatre

  • Never one to rest even during the busiest touring years of the Dead, Garcia always found other teammates and gigs to keep inspired and creative

  • Legion of Mary played ~60 shows between Dec. 1974 and July 1975.

  • Band members included Merl Saunders (keys/vocals), John Kahn (bass), Martin Fierro (sax), Ron Tutt (drums)

  • This particular show was widely shared in the 80s and 90s on cassette and includes solid renditions of:

  • Tough Mama (Bob Dylan)

  • It Ain't No Use (Jerry Williams, Gary U.S. Bonds, Don Hollinger)

  • I Feel Like Dynamite (E Walker, A Savoy, L Hamilton)

  • That's What Love Will Make You Do (Eddy Marion, Henderson Thigpen, James Banks)

  • Harder They Come (Jimmy Cliff)

For the fans of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia, there were always different ways to experience the music. Since the late 60s, there were big festivals and stadiums, as well as small theatres and surprise free public gigs.


You just had to keep in touch with others that lived and breathed it daily, and you would find the opportunities!

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