Big Brother & the Holding Company

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1992 (The 1993 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?


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Cheap Thrills (1968)

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Piece Of My Heart (1968)

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Will Big Brother & the Holding Company be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."
   

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One of the greatest of psychedelic, hippy bands. Their music is still interesting with Janis on vocals and James Gurley's driving, slashing guitar licks. Outstanding musicianship, still very listenable. Precursors to many of today's more "metal" type bands.

Posted by Paddy O'Furniture on Monday, 10.29.07 @ 19:39pm


They should without a doubt be introducted. Big Brother and The Holding Company were one of the most popular bands in San Fransico back in the 1960s.

Posted by Cheap Thrills on Thursday, 12.6.07 @ 18:58pm


the Best..!!! Where would we be with out them... From Joplin to cutting da blues...
YES YES YES RHOF

Posted by mrxyz on Saturday, 08.30.08 @ 22:43pm


Can not believe they are not in.
this is a shame.. Joplin is the greatest female white blues singer of all time.!

Posted by tomcat on Tuesday, 09.2.08 @ 09:29am


Without Big Brother and the Holding Company and the vocals of Miss Janice Joplin they should have been inducted the first year they became elgible if not before then. Come on give us what the people truly want for once.

Posted by John Forman on Tuesday, 09.23.08 @ 06:44am


YES can't believe they are not in but heck ..
YES YES

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.9.09 @ 17:35pm


yes yes yes

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 01.27.09 @ 10:49am


Janis Joplin was already inducted, so i think their chances are slim, at best.

Posted by S.R on Monday, 03.2.09 @ 16:44pm


They don't have a chance, same thing with Them. Thier singer's solo work overshadowed his/her original band.

Posted by Dude Man on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 21:26pm


I'd have to agree, Dude...unfortunately, if a group didn't get in with their "lead singer", then they probably won't get in at all. The "committee" hasn't shown inclination to "make nice" and correct little oversights like that.

Posted by Gitarzan on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 21:35pm


Well, I don't like Pearl's voice anyway, so I'm pretty content to say no to these guys. I really don't know beyond "Piece Of My Heart" what you really have as a solid piece of evidence for their deserving it as a group... remember, solo Janis is NOT includible.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 07.25.09 @ 22:58pm


Funny thing, I think Joplin did some (if not all) of her best stuff as a member of this group. "Cheap Thrills", which not only featured "Piece Of My Heart", but "Summertime" and "Ball and Chain" was a classic album. Also, some of their live performances are rock legend, which can't really be said for her solo performances (Woodstock comes to mind...she was TOTALLY jacked up!!!). I'm also not a big fan of the "Kozmic Blues Band" era.

If you really take a close look at it, Joplin was inducted for her work with Big Brother...and she was just a member of the band. Beats me why they were left out...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 10:06am


"If you really take a close look at it, Joplin was inducted for her work with Big Brother...and she was just a member of the band. Beats me why they were left out..."

The name Janis Joplin attracts more people and sells more tickets than the name Big Brother and the Holding Company.

Posted by Arrow Man on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 11:55am


Not initially...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 12:36pm


Funny thing, I think Joplin did some (if not all) of her best stuff as a member of this group. "Cheap Thrills", which not only featured "Piece Of My Heart", but "Summertime" and "Ball and Chain" was a classic album. Also, some of their live performances are rock legend, which can't really be said for her solo performances (Woodstock comes to mind...she was TOTALLY jacked up!!!). I'm also not a big fan of the "Kozmic Blues Band" era.

If you really take a close look at it, Joplin was inducted for her work with Big Brother...and she was just a member of the band. Beats me why they were left out...

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 07.26.09 @ 10:06am


I agree it is a sad event with out the whole band.....They had the feel for her to get the feel .. A real shame indeed.. That is hollywood hype FOR YA..

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 10.27.09 @ 20:48pm


R.I.P., James Gurley...a great player and as vital to the sound of Big Brother as Joplin was. How she got inducted without them still astounds me...the legendary performances she's associated with were while she was a member...nothing is going to change that fact!

"Me & Bobby McGee" and "Kozmic Blues"...BIG DEAL!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 12.24.09 @ 11:41am


How she got inducted without them still astounds me...the legendary performances she's associated with were while she was a member...nothing is going to change that fact!

"Me & Bobby McGee" and "Kozmic Blues"...BIG DEAL!!!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Thursday, 12.24.09 @ 11:41am

I agree

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 02.23.10 @ 22:42pm


I would have inducted B.B. and the H.C., but the Hall won't recognize them anymore at this point since they already inducted Janis Joplin solo.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 12.27.11 @ 05:35am


This is actually a band that Janis Joplin was in before she went solo. This is not a case like The Silver Bullet Band or The E Street Band. This is more like Derek and the Dominos. Big Brother and the Holding Company would actually be nominated in the main performers category and Janis Joplin would get a second induction.

Posted by Roy on Monday, 02.13.12 @ 20:43pm


Big Brother And The Holding Company: 1965-1972

01. Sam Andrew (1965-1972; guitar, vocals)
02. James Gurley (1965-1972; guitar)
03. Peter Albin (1965-1972; bass)
04. Chuck Jones (1965-1966; drums)
05. Dave Getz (1966-1972; drums)
06. Janis Joplin (1966-1968; lead vocals)
07. Nick Gravenites (1969-1972; lead vocals)
08. Kathi McDonald (1969-1972; lead vocals)
09. Dave Schallock (1969-1972; guitar)
10. Mike Finnigan (1971-1972; organ)

Posted by Roy on Friday, 03.29.13 @ 20:25pm


Her work with Big Brother is her most popular work. They should make up for such a travesty.

Posted by Lucario on Monday, 12.2.13 @ 23:16pm


AME anyone?

Posted by Snack on Monday, 08.4.14 @ 20:50pm


Should Big Brother and the Holding Company be inducted in the Musical Excellence category or should they be nominated in the main performers category?

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.24.16 @ 17:14pm


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