“Big Brother and the Holding Company was a prime example of a band where the chemistry was right, where the whole was greater than the sum of its parts. You cannot buy or manufacture the natural feeling that was in that band. Big Brother played from the heart and soul with the goal of achieving a direct connection with the innermost feelings of the audience.” – Sam Andrew
Psychedelic/Blues Rock legend and innovator, Sam Andrew, passed away on February 12th, 2015, at the age of 73. Sam Andrew was a founding member and guitarist for Big Brother And The Holding Company, which featured the late and great Janis Joplin on vocals. Sam Andrew was also a singer, songwriter, composer and artist. Metal Odyssey extends condolences to the family, friends and bandmates of Sam Andrew.
Below is the statement regarding Sam Andrew’s passing, which was posted on the Big Brother and the Holding Company Facebook page:
Yesterday, ten weeks after his heart attack and the open-heart surgery that followed it, Sam lost his gallant fight to hold onto the life he lived so well. He died peacefully in Elise’s arms at 5:15 pm. There will be much more to say about him in the days to come and there will come a time when we will gather together to remember him. Now is a time for Elise to re-gather her strength after the long vigil she has kept and the vital role she played in overseeing Sam’s care. For now we can all remember him in our own ways until we can remember him together. He lived his life in music and art and a loving marriage. It doesn’t get much better than that.
John Byrne Cooke February 13, 2015.
Big Brother And The Holding Company – Classic Era Discography:
Debut & self-titled studio album – 1967
Cheap Thrills – 1968 – Cover art by Robert Crumb
Be A Brother – 1970
How Hard It Is – 1971
Above Sam Andrew quote:
Rest In Peace, Sam Andrew.
December 18, 1941 – February 12, 2015