Big Brother & THE HOLDING COMPANY guitarist JAMES GURLEY has died, aged 69.
The rocker was just two days away from turning 70 when he passed away last week (ends25Dec09) following a heart attack.
Gurley featured on Janis Joplin's early hits, including Piece of My Heart and Summertime.
He released an acclaimed solo album, called Pipe Dreams, in 2000.
Bandmates, friends and fans are planning a memorial for the guitarist in San Francisco, California.