Another Goodbye: Merl Saunders, 1934-2008
Merl's MySpace page has some good tunes. I saw him just a couple of times with his Funky Friends, but both shows were dance marathons and extraordinary fun. He loved to engage his audiences and share moments from his lifetime of experience in music with fans, and emanated a generosity of spirit from the stage that could hardly have been just part of his act.
As he liked to say, "Save the Earth so we'll have someplace to boogie."
I've borrowed the photo of Merl from his website, which promises a statement from the family in the days ahead.