James Gurley

Musician and Psychedelic Rocker
Born Dec 22, 1939

James Martin Gurley was an American musician. He is best known as the guitar player of Big Brother and the Holding Company, a psychedelic/acid rock band from San Francisco which was fronted by singer Janis Joplin from 1966 to 1968.

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1939 Birth Born in 1939.


1962 23 Years Old In 1962, he moved to San Francisco with his wife Nancy and became part of the coffee-house circuit, playing in the folk and country blues tradition. … Read More


1972 33 Years Old …  He remarried and had another child in 1972.


1981 42 Years Old After he was involved in a number of independent projects. In 1981, he started a New Wave band, Red Robin and The Worms. … Read More


1995 56 Years Old Gurley, with fellow members of Big Brother, played at the induction ceremony for the late Janis Joplin at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, although he deeply regretted that the band members were not inducted themselves.


2009 70 Years Old James Gurley died on December 20, 2009 from a heart attack at his home in Palm Desert, California, just two days before his 70th birthday. … Read More
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