Original Jefferson Airplane Vocalist Signe Anderson Dead At 74
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 09:43:36
Original Jefferson Airplane vocalist Signe Toly Anderson has passed away at the age of 74. Psychedelic Sight reported, "[Anderson] had suffered from longtime health problems. Her passing of a heart condition in Beaverton, Oregon, came Jan. 28, the same day as the death of Airplane leader Paul Kantner." Earlier on Thursday, it was reported that Paul Kantner, guitarist and a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, had suffered a heart attack and passed away.
Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin wrote, "One sweet Lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said 'Hey what are you doing here? Let's start a band."
Anderson joined the band just after its formation in 1965. She sang with the band on its debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, before she left the group in late 1966 after the birth of her first child. After leaving Jefferson Airplane, Anderson returned to Oregon and spent nine years singing with Carl Smith and The Natural Gas Company.
Jefferson Airplane formed in San Francisco, California after Kantner and Balin met at a local club. The band helped pioneer the counterculture-era of psychedelic rock. The group dissolved in 1972, but reunited in 1989 for a tour and the release of a self-titled album. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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