Jefferson Airplane Founder Marty Balin Dead at 76

Marty Balin, founding father of ‘60s rock group Jefferson Airplane, died Thursday on the age of 76. A consultant, Ryan Romanesco, confirmed his loss of life to the New York Times, noting that the musician had died on the best way to the hospital, however declining to offer a reason for loss of life.

Alongside lead singer Grace Slick and guitarist Paul Kantner, Balin supplied vocals for one of the influential psychedelic bands of the period, along with proudly owning San Francisco nightclub the Matrix, the place Jefferson Starship was initially conceived as a one thing of a home band. A member of the group throughout festivals like 1969’s Woodstock and Altamont, Balin left Jefferson Airplane in 1971, solely to be persuaded to return in 1974 when members of the group reinvented themselves as Jefferson Starship, turning into a full member in 1975.

Having written and sung one of many group’s largest hit, Miracles, Balin ultimately left Jefferson Starship in 1978, after the departure of Grace Slick. According to the Times, he subsequently turned down the chance to entrance the newly launched band Journey, selecting as a substitute to pursue a solo profession. Balin later performed with members of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship for numerous reunion exhibits.