Big Bro.’s Sam Andrew Dies

Sam Andrew, 73, a guitarist who co-founded Big Brother and the Holding Company, died Feb. 12 in San Rafael, Calif., of complications from an open-heart surgery that followed a recent heart attack.

Photo: youcaring.com
From his YouCaring fundraising campaign

Andrew and bassist Peter Albin formed the group in 1965. With the addition of Janis Joplin, Big Brother and the Holding Company found a recipe for success, and performed a famed set during the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 before releasing its self-titled debut later that year and Cheap Thrills a year later.

Andrew left Big Brother to help Joplin with her solo project before returning a year later. The group disbanded in 1972 but reunited several times over the years, and Andrew also led his own solo project dubbed the Sam Andrew Band.

A memorial and medical expenses fundraiser page has been set up at YouCaring.com