Sam Andrew has died. He was American musician, singer, songwriter, composer, artist and founding member and guitarist of Big Brother and the Holding Companyat the time of his death was seventy three years old, he suffered a heart attack.
The following message was posted to Big Brother and the Holding Company’s Facebook page this afternoon (Feb. 13).
“Dear Friends, Yesterday, 10 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 5:15PM. 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 regather 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.”
It was in 1941 when he was born to a military family and when he was residing over in Okinawa, Japan he learned how to play guitar. Later on his family made the move to California becoming a part of the San Francisco folk scene.
Big Brother and the Holding Company scored several films and composing classical music.