|Birth: ||Dec. 22, 1939|
|Death: ||Dec. 20, 2009|
Rock Musician. A guitarist, he was a member of the groundbreaking music group Big Brother and the Holding Company. The Detroit native began to play the guitar at age 19 influenced by Lightnin' Hopkins, he was also a jazz enthusiast. In 1962, Gurley moved to San Francisco where he immersed himself in the Bay-area music scene becoming a member of Big Brother in 1965. In June 1966, a 23-year old vocalist named Janis Joplin joined the group as lead singer giving them a true sense of identity. Along with Gurley's unique blend of blues and psychedelic guitar playing style, Janis' one of a kind singing helped create the drug-influenced music genre known as "Acid Rock". From 1966 to 1968, they enjoyed a successful period with the release of their self-titled debut album (1966), an unforgettable performance at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967) which featured their classic hit "Ball and Chain", and a pop chart-placing of their hit "Piece of My Heart", which peaked at number 12 during the fall of 1968. Janis departed from the group following the release of their second album "Cheap Thrills" in late-1968 to pursue a solo career. After a few more albums, they disbanded in 1972. They would reunite with Gurley in 1987. He remained an active performer, as a solo artist and member of other groups until his death from a heart attack two days prior to his turning 70. (bio by: C.S.)
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Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Dec 23, 2009
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