Big Star Bassist Andy Hummel Sucumbs To Cancer
July 20, 2010 at 4:17 AM (PT)
Condolences to family, friends and fans of former BIG STAR bassist ANDY HUMMEL, who died of cancer at 59, according to ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY. HUMMEL was with the influential MEMPHIS-based band, fronted by the late ALEX CHILTON, for their classic albums "NO. 1 RECORD" and "RADIO CITY" before leaving the band just before the release of the latter album in JANUARY 1974 to return to college.
HUMMEL was scheduled to reunite with CHILTON as a special guest at a BIG STAR show at SXSW in AUSTIN when CHILTON died three days before the concert in MARCH; HUMMEL played with the remaining members of the band and guests in a tribute show in CHILTON's memory.
Drummer JODY STEPHENS is the last surviving original member of the band, who influenced many indie rock artists and were best recognized by the public for the classic "September Gurls" and "In The Street," a song from "NO. 1 RECORD" that became the theme for TV's "THAT '70s SHOW."