Dave Getz

Big Brother and the Holding Companyis an American rock band that formed in San Francisco in 1965 as part of the same psychedelic music scene that produced the Grateful Dead , Quicksilver Messenger Service , and Jefferson Airplane . They are best known as the band that featured Janis Joplin as their lead singer. Their 1968 albumCheap Thrillsis considered one of the masterpieces of the psychedelic sound of San Francisco; it reached number one on theBillboardcharts , and was ranked number 338 inRolling Stone's the 500 greatest albums of all time . The album is also included in the book1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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In the documentaryNine Hundred Nights, Peter Albin said that the manager Albert Grossman told Joplin to leave Big Brother and form her own band, with studio musicians, in order to spend less money on recording sessions. Sam Andrew said later that Joplin left due to artistic and financial reasons: Joplin usually asked the band to have some keyboard or horns on at least some songs, but they said "No! You are going to change the Big Brother sound!" The band was also doing the same songs a lot, sometimes three times a day, so she started feeling trapped. The band was splitting the money in five equal ways, by leaving she could have all the money and just pay some employees and have a new band.

. The release displeased Big Brother's living members, since their original instruments were all replaced by studio musicians without consulting the band. James Gurley spoke about that in 1987, before the band's reunion: "It’s just a total bullshit record...some producer's dream at CBS."

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 Dave Getz's Personnel

Members[edit]

Lineups[edit]

1965-196619661966–1968
(Classic Lineup)
1968–1969
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • James Gurley– guitar
  • Peter Albin– bass
  • Chuck Jones– drums
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • James Gurley– guitar
  • Peter Albin– bass
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
  • Janis Joplin- lead vocals
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • James Gurley– guitar, bass
  • Peter Albin– bass, guitar
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano

Disbanded

1969–19711971–19721972–19871987–1997
  • Nick Gravenites- lead vocals
  • Kathi McDonald- lead vocals
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • James Gurley– bass, guitar
  • Dave Schallock- guitar
  • Peter Albin– guitar
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
  • Nick Gravenites- lead vocals
  • Kathi McDonald- lead vocals
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • James Gurley– bass, guitar
  • Dave Schallock- guitar
  • Peter Albin– guitar
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
  • Mike Finnigan- organ, vocals

Disbanded

  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • James Gurley– guitar
  • Peter Albin– bass
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
with
  • Various guest lead singers
1997–20052005–20082008–20112011–2015
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • Tom Finch– guitar
  • Peter Albin– bass
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
  • Lisa Battle- lead vocals
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • Chad Quist– guitar
  • Peter Albin– bass
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
  • Sophia Ramos- lead vocals
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • Ben Nieves– guitar
  • Peter Albin– bass
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
with
  • Various guest lead singers
  • Cathy Richardson- lead vocals
  • Sam Andrew– guitar, vocals
  • Ben Nieves– guitar
  • Peter Albin– bass
  • Dave Getz– drums, piano
2015–present
  • Darby Gould- lead vocals
  • Tom Finch- guitar, vocals
  • Tommy Odetto- guitar
  • Peter Albin- bass
  • Dave Getz- drums, piano

Timeline[edit]

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 Dave Getz's Discography

Studio albums[]

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
U.S. 200U.S. R&B
Big Brother & the Holding Company6028
Cheap Thrills17
Be a Brother
  • Released: 1970 (1970)
  • Label: Columbia
134
How Hard It Is
  • Released: 1971 (1971)
  • Label: Columbia
157
Can't Go Home Again
  • Released: 1997 (1997)
Do What You Love
  • Released: 1999 (1999)

Live/compilation albums[]

Singles[]

YearSongUS Hot 100
1967 "Bye, Bye Baby"
"Down On Me"43
"Blindman"
1968 "Coo Coo"84
"Piece of My Heart"12
"Women Is Losers"
"Combination of the Two"

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 Dave Getz's Filmography

  • Monterey Pop(1968)
  • Petulia(1968)
  • Janis: The Way She Was(1974)
  • Comin' Home(1988)
  • Nine Hundred Nights(DVD) Pioneer Entertainment (2004)
  • Rockin' at the Red Dog: The Dawn of Psychedelic Rock(2005)
  • Hold Me (LIVE in Germany)(DVD) Ryko Distribution (2007)
  • Janis Joplin with Big Brother: Ball and Chain(DVD) Charly (2009)

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 Dave Getz's See also

  • List of bands from the San Francisco Bay Area

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 Dave Getz's References

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