. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Janis Joplin’s Kozmic blues Band – Feb. 12, 1969 – Fillmore East
And another sad piece of news to report this week. The passing of Big Brother and The Holding Company founder and guiding light Sam Andrew passed away earlier this week (on February 12th) after a long illness. He was 73.
Sam Andrew was a brilliant and multi-talented musician and songwriter. Together with co-founder and fellow guitarist James Gurley, they established the searing psychedelic trademark of guitar playing; a sound which was quickly emulated all over the world, starting in 1966. With the addition of Texas blues singer Janis Joplin, Big Brother and The Holding Company quickly rose to the top as one of the most dynamic and high energy bands in the Bay Area. And it was Sam Andrew’s contribution which made Big Brother one of the lynchpin bands of the San Francisco scene.
But things are sometimes never destined to stay the same and when Janis Joplin let Big Brother to strike out on her own, San Andrew followed and the two formed what became The Kozmic Blues Band.
Together for a short time before Sam left to rejoin Big Brother, the rest of the Janis Joplin story is history. But Sam continued until Big Brother finally broke up and resurfaced with his own band, The Sam Andrew Band.
This weekend, by way of tribute to Sam Andrew’s extraordinary musicianship is a concert fearing the Kozmic Blues Band, recorded at The Fillmore East on February 12, 1969.
A remarkable musician who was there and was part of it, and helped make it the unforgettable experience it became.
RIP: Sam Andrew.
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