In early December, Sam Andrew, an original member of Big Brother & the Holding Company, suffered what was described as “a mild heart attack”.
A few days after the attack, Andrew underwent open heart surgery but, according to a post on the Big Brother & the Holding Company Facebook page, he has suffered some serious complications and is in critical condition.
Friends of Sam — This has been a difficult month for Sam and Elise. Within days of his heart attack in early December, Sam underwent open heart surgery. His initial recovery went well, but he has experienced setbacks and complications. On this Christmas Day, he is in critical but stable condition in a San Francisco hospital and is responding to interventions. He continues to need our thoughts and prayers.
Big Brother & the Holding Company came about when Andrew and Peter Albin started playing together at Albin’s home. By January 1966, they had added James Gurley and Chuck Jones to form the basis of the band. Within six months, they had recruited Janis Joplin as their lead singer.
Andrew wrote music for the band including Call on Me and Combination of the Two. Sam continues to be the Big Brother’s musical director and has also had his own Sam Andrew Band.
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