Formed in September 1965, this pivotal San Franciscan rock outfit evolved out of jam sessions held in the basement of a communal house. Sam Andrew (18 December 1941, Taft, California, USA; guitar/vocals), Peter Albin (b. 6 June 1944, San Francisco, California, USA; bass/vocals) and Chuck Jones (b. 7 May 1939, San Francisco, California, USA; drums) had originally played with Dave Eskerson (guitar) and Paul Ferrez in Blue Yard Hill, but by the time Big Brother And The Holding Company had been inaugurated the latter two members had made way for guitarist James Gurley (b. 22 December 1939, Detroit, Michigan, USA). Jones was in turn replaced by new drummer David Getz (b. Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA) in March 1966. The restructured quartet initially eschewed formal compositions, preferring a free-form improvisation centred on Gurleys mesmeric fingerpicking style, but a degree of discipline gradually evolved. The addition of Texas singer Janis...
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