Andy Hummel (US bassist from the Big Star)

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John Andrew "Andy" Hummel (January 26, 1951 – July 19, 2010) was an American songwriter, bassist, singer, best known as the bass player of Big Star. He was born Jan 26, 1951, in Valley Forge, Pa., to John Vernon and Barbara Walker Hummel, who was crowned Miss America in 1947. He was raised in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated high school in 1969 from Memphis University School.

Hummel became good friends with Chris Bell during high school, and the pair frequently performed along with several other musicians, including drummer Jody Stephens, whom they had known since junior high school, in a band known as Icewater. In 1971, Bell asked singer Alex Chilton to join him, Hummel and Stephens in a group that would eventually be named Big Star.

Hummel recorded with Big Star on two of their three albums, #1 Record and Radio City. Hummel contributed as bass player as well as writer on "The India Song" on #1 Record. On Big Star's Radio City album, he wrote "Way Out West" and co-wrote on "Life Is White", "What's Going Ahn", "Back of a Car", and "Daisy Glaze."

After the release of Radio City, Hummel faced the choice of staying with the band and dropping out of university, or leaving the band and finishing college. Ultimately, he chose college, and went on to earn a B.A. in English Literature from Rhodes College in Memphis in 1974, planning on a career in teaching. Hummel again returned to school and earned an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from State Technical Institute at Memphis in 1978. In 1999, he earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Dallas.

Hummel later moved to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1978. Andy was a 30-year employee of Lockheed Martin. He and Patti Martin were married Nov 3, 1979. They have three children: a daughter, Cady, and two sons, Drew and Walker.

Big Star reunited in the mid 1990s without Chris Bell, who had died in a car crash in 1978. Hummel also declined to take part, though in March, 2010, he played at a special performance at SXSW in honor of Alex Chilton, who had died suddenly just three days prior.

Three months later, Hummel died of cancer, on July 19, 2010.

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2008 The Woolshed Sessions Various Artists 1

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