James Gurley, a guitarist in the band called “Big Brother and the Holding Company”, died on Sunday, December 20.
Gurley died from a heart attack in his home, in Palm Desert, California. Gurley died at the age of 69.
Janis Joplin used to sing with the band. At the end of 1968, Joplin left the band. “Big Brother and the Holding Company” recorded two albums without Joplin. The band disbanded in 1972.
Gurley played music in other projects after Big Brother broke up. The band got together again to play music from 1987 to 1997.
Gurley left behind Margaret Gurley, his wife, and his sons, Django Gurley and Hongo Gurley.