Aug 16, 2019: WNRN: Decade of Difference: Jefferson Airplane
Jefferson Airplane came to Woodstock as arguably the biggest, best-known band from the San Francisco bay area. Their psychedelic blues were originally scheduled to be Saturday nights’ main event, but the band finally took the stage on Sunday morning.
January 29, 2016: Rolling Stone: Jefferson Airplane: 12 Essential Songs
“DON’T YOU WANT somebody to love?” goes the chorus of Jefferson Airplane‘s best-known hit. Love was more than just an age-old crutch for pop songwriters in 1967, the year the Grace Slick–sung “Somebody to Love” was released; it had taken on a metaphysical dimension, and Jefferson Airplane were at the vanguard. The Summer of Love launched the band into the pop charts, but also into the eye of the psychedelic storm that was brewing in their native San Francisco. But even hippie anthems like “White Rabbit” couldn’t keep the eerie weirdness of the times at bay.
Feb 2, 2013: New York Times: Signe Anderson, Jefferson Airplane Singer, Dies at 74
Signe Toly Anderson, the original female vocalist with Jefferson Airplane, who left the band after its first album and was replaced by Grace Slick, died on Thursday at her home in Beaverton, Ore. She was 74.
Sept 4, 2013: St Augustine Record: Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin performs Sept. 6
Back by popular demand, founding member and lead vocalist of Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin will return to St. Augustine to celebrate his life long art of music and painting.
Jefferson Starship, created by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Jefferson Airplane founder Paul Kantner; and, David Freiberg, also a former Jefferson Airplane member and co-founder of the legendary Quicksilver Messenger Service.
The band, descended from Jefferson Airplane—who performed at Monterey and Woodstock, at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, and shared the bill countless times with Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin, and whose music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism—is set to perform their 2,000th concert since they first soared in 1974 ... following the 1972 dissolution of Jefferson Airplane.
The band continues to perform their iconic repertoire of hits spanning all eras of their existence, including “Jane,” “Somebody To Love,” “Miracles,” “White Rabbit,” “Volunteers,” “Count On Me” and many more.
Aug 13, 1965: Jefferson Airplane made its first public appearance at the opening night of The Matrix.
Sept 13, 1965: Music journalist Ralph J. Gleason, the jazz critic of the San Francisco Chronicle , after seeing Jefferson Airplane at the Matrix, Gleason wrote in his "On the Town" column that the band, still without a record deal, would "obviously record for someone" eventually.
Oct 16, 1965: Jefferson Airplane played at the Longshoremen's Hall in San Francisco, the first of many "happenings" in the Bay Area. At this concert they were supported by a local folk-rock group, the Great Society, that featured Grace Slick as lead singer, and it was here that Kantner met Slick for the first time.
November 6, 1965: Jefferson Airplane appeared at a benefit concert for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, the first of many promotions by rising Bay Area entrepreneur Bill Graham.
December 10, 1965: The Airplane played at the first Bill Graham-promoted show at the Fillmore Auditorium, supported by the Great Society and others.
July 4, 1966: Spencer Dryden replaced Skip Spence and played his first show with the Airplane at the Berkeley Folk Festival on July 4, 1966.
August 15, 1966: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off LP was released.
September 11, 1966: The Great Society, which included Grace Slick, played its last show.
October 15, 1966: Signe Anderson, who announced her departure from the band, played her final performance with the Airplane took place at the Fillmore.
January 14, 1967: Alongside the Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane headlined the "Human Be-In", the famous all-day "happening" in Golden Gate Park, one of the key events leading up to the "Summer of Love".
March 25, 1967: "Surrealistic Pillow" LP entered the Billboard 200 album chart.
April 1, 1967: Somebody to Love b/w She Has Funny Cars was released.
Nov 27, 1967: Airplane's third LP, After Bathing at Baxter's, was released
June 28, 1968: Jefferson Airplane had article and cover picture on Life Magazine.
January 25, 1971: Kantner and Slick's daughter China Wing Kantner ("Wing" was Slick's maiden name) was born.
May 13, 1971: Slick was injured in a near-fatal automobile crash when her car slammed into a wall in a tunnel near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. The accident happened while she was drag racing with Kaukonen; both were driving at over 100 miles per hour, and Kaukonen claims that he "saved her life" by pulling her from the car.
March 4, 1988: Slick made a cameo appearance during a Hot Tuna San Francisco performance at the Fillmore (with Kantner and Creach joining in).
January 11, 2005: Spencer Dryden died of colon cancer.
April 26, 2005: "The Essential Jefferson Airplane" CD is released.
Jan 28, 2016: Paul Kantner died from multiple organ failure and septic shock after he suffered a heart attack days earlier.
Signe Anderson also died on the same day at her home in Beaverton, Ore.
Sept 27, 2018: Marty Balin died.