Sam Andrew


Age: 73

Summary: co-founder of the band Big Brother & the Holding Company who was a mainstay of the San Francisco rock scene of the 1960's and played a key role in singer Janis Joplin's early career, in which the band was among the first and most successful exponents of the so-called San Francisco sound, a mix of folk, blues, and rock influences fueled by psychedelic drugs.

Cause of Death: Complications from open-heart surgery

Born: December 18, 1941

Died: February 12, 2015

San Rafael, California