Merl Saunders

Hammond B-3 player Merl Saunders recorded with numerous renowned artists beginning in the early '70s and led many of his own dates in a variety of genres from jazz to blues to new age to rock. Born on Valentine's Day, 1934 in San Mateo, California, Saunders began learning to play the piano at the age of 10. (He was a classmate and bandmate of Johnny Mathis through junior high school.)