Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder Marty Balin Dies at 76
Marty Balin, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, rhythm guitarist and vocal contributor to Jefferson Airplane and later co-lead singer in Jefferson Starship, passed away at the age of 76 on September 27.
No cause of death has been released to the public, but spokesman Ryan Romanesko said that the musician died in Tampa, Florida while on his way to a local hospital. His wife, Susan Joy Balin, was by his side at the moment of his passing, reports the Los Angeles Times.
"We have lost a true legend. Marty Balin helped start a revolution that still lives on today. He will be greatly missed - our hearts go out to his family, friends and music fans everywhere," read a statement on the Jefferson Airplane Facebook page.
Balin was born on January 30, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio and formed Jefferson Airplane in San Francisco in 1965, heavily inspired by The Beatles and other "British Invasion" groups. The group was among the pioneers of the burgeoning psychedelic rock scene in the Bay Area, helping give flight to the style with the success of their second album, Surrealistic Pillow, and its singles "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit."
After the dissolution of Jefferson Airplane, Balin and some of the band's member regrouped under Jefferson Starship, where Balin had a stronger vocal presence alongside frontwoman Grace Slick. In addition to these two bands, he also had a solo project under which he drastically increased his output in the 21st century.