Former Big Star bassist Andy Hummel dies
by cmumusicnews 20. 7月 2010 11:03
Former Big Star bassist Andy Hummel, a founder member of the band, died yesterday after a two year battle with cancer, exactly four months to the day after the sudden death of the band's frontman Alex Chilton. Hummel was 59.
Hummel formed Big Star in 1971 with Chilton, guitarist Chris Bell (who died in a car crash in 1978) and drummer Jody Stephens. The band released their debut album, '#1 Record', the following year. Due to tensions within the band, the follow-up, 'Radio City', was not released until February 1974 after a number of break-ups and the departure of Bell. Hummel himself left the band before the album's release. Chilton and Stephens recorded a third album, but it was shelved after it failed to gain label interest and the band finally split in at the end of 1974.
Chilton and Stephens reformed the band in 1993 with The Posies' Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow taking the places of Bell and Hummel respectively. It was Stringfellow who yesterday broke the news of Hummel's death via Twitter, saying: "Another sad loss for Big Star fans as Andy Hummel passes away after long illness".
Media Relations Manager at Rhino Records, Big Star's current label, Jason Elzy then confirmed to MTV News: "Sadly, I can confirm this is true. Andy has passed away".
A memorial service is reportedly due to be held near Hummel's home in Weatherford, Texas tomorrow
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