R.I.P. Original Big Star Bassist Andy Hummel

Founding Member Passes Away After Long Struggle With Cancer

Jul 20, 2010 Bookmark and Share


It's been a tragic year for Big Star. Following the sudden death of frontman Alex Chilton in March to a heart attack, their original bassist Andy Hummel passed away yesterday, after a long battle with cancer. Having penned some of the groups more beloved tunes, including "India" from #1 Record, and "Way Out West" off of Radio City, Hummel quit the band prior to Third/Sister Lovers. He wasn't a part of the band's 1993 reunion spearheaded by The Posies, one which continued intermittently until Chilton's untimely death. He did, however, take part in a SXSW panel honoring the group's legacy, which assumed a somber tone after Chilton's passing a few days prior, and played at a SXSW Chilton tribute gig, which had originally been planned as a Big Star concert. Funeral services will be held Wednesday in Weatherford, TX. His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in his name to the American Cancer Society or the American Liver Foundation.

Via: (The Commercial Appeal)

 



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