Big Star bassist Andy Hummel dies at 59
Andy Hummel, who played bass guitar in power-pop icons Big Starâ€™s original line-up, has died of cancer at age 59. A representative for Rhino Records, which recently released a superlative box set of Big Starâ€™s work, confirmed the sad news to EW.
Hummelâ€™s passing comes just four months after Big Star leader Alex Chiltonâ€˜s life was claimed at the same far too young age of 59. Singer-songwriter Chris Bell died in a 1978 car crash, several years after leaving Big Star. Drummer Jody Stephens is now the only surviving member of the foursome that recorded 1972′s note-perfect debut #1 Record.
Hummel played bass on that album and 1974's equally classic Radio City before departing the band. I saw him join Stephens and others on a Big Star panel at SXSW this March, days after Chiltonâ€™s sudden loss. He also helped perform several tunes at a tribute show for Chilton that weekend (pictured). Itâ€™s awful to think that now he, too, is gone too soon.
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What a shock! First Alex this year and now Andy.