Jefferson Airplane, the legendary counter-culture psychedelic rock group, was founded in 1965 and had seven years of success before going through a few more incarnations and then calling it quits in the 1990s. Jefferson Airplane’s number one song, according to Ultimate Classic Rock, was their hit song Somebody to Love. White Rabbit and Volunteers round out the band’s top three songs. Jefferson Airplane also played at Woodstock on August 17th, 1969.
Paul Kantner founded the group with Grace Slick and Marty Balin. Fans of Jefferson Airplane got the shocking news Friday that Kantner passed away Thursday of organ failure and septic shock at the age of 74.
Jefferson Airplane was founded in San Francisco in the Vietnam War-era 1960’s. As with many bands at the time, politics was a major part of the lyrics produced by the band. Balin commented on Facebook: “PAUL ‘So many memories rushing through my mind now. So many moments that he and I opened new worlds. He was the first guy I picked for the band and he was the first guy who taught me how to roll a joint. And although I know he liked to play the devil’s advocate, I am sure he has earned his wings now’. Sai Ram ‘Go with God’.”
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Fans of the band and Kantner took to social media to express their feelings. One Twitter user wrote, “#rip @PaulKantner you will be missed but your music will live on FOREVER.” Another user wrote, “‘Rock ‘n’ roll will never die.’ @PaulKantner, 74, co-founder of @JeffersonAirplane, died following heart attack Thurs in S.F..”
Kantner is survived by his two sons, Gareth and Alexander, and daughter China.