Jefferson Airplane

Rock & Roll Hall of Famer

Category: Performer

Inducted in: 1996

Inducted by: Mickey Hart and Phil Lesh

Nominated in: 1995   1996

First Eligible: 1992 Ceremony

Inducted Members: Marty Balin, Jack Casady, Spencer Dryden, Paul Kantner, Jorma Kaukonen and Grace Slick

Snubbed Members: Signe Toly Anderson


Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 1996 (ranked #79) .


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This band is defintley legendary I believe their songs like White Rabbitt and Somebody To Love are classic staples.

Posted by DL on Wednesday, 11.21.07 @ 10:21am


Grace Slick...in my opinion, what a great female rock singer sounds like!!

Posted by Terry on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 16:47pm


Jefferson Airplane Inductees (6)

Marty Balin
Jack Casady
Spencer Dryden
Paul Kantner
Jorma Kaukonen
Grace Slick

COMPLETE MEMBERS LISTS

Jefferson Airplane (14)

Marty Balin
Jorma Kaukonen
Grace Slick
Skip Spence
Joey Covington
Papa John Creach
Paul Kantner
Signe Anderson
John Barbata
Jack Casady
Spencer Dryden
David Freiberg
Jerry Peloquin
Bob Harvey

Jefferson Starship (12)

Marty Balin
Grace Slick
Pete Sears
Papa John Creach
Paul Kantner
Mickey Thomas
Aynsley Dunbar
Craig Chaquico
John Barbata
Jack Casady
David Freiberg
Darby Gould

Starship (7)

Grace Slick
Pete Sears
Mickey Thomas
Craig Chaquico
Brett Bloomfield
Mark Morgan
Donny Baldwin

Posted by Roy on Tuesday, 07.27.10 @ 08:17am


Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship members only

Grace Slick

Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship members only

Marty Balin
Papa John Creach
Paul Kantner
John Barbata
Jack Casady
David Freiberg

Jefferson Starship/Starship members only

Pete Sears
Mickey Thomas
Craig Chaquico

Starship members only

Brett Bloomfield
Mark Morgan
Donny Baldwin

Posted by Roy on Wednesday, 07.28.10 @ 12:35pm


Happy Birthday to Grace Slick who turns 71 this weekend.

Posted by DL on Friday, 10.29.10 @ 20:27pm


A few years ago Blender Magazine and VH1 named We Built This City the worst song ever, which was written by Bernie Taupin/Martin Page and performed by Starship, but no one has actually given an analytical reason as to why the song itself is bad as far as the lyrics, the music and the production are concerned.

CRITICS HAVE CITED THE FOLLOWING REASONS WHY WE BUILT THIS CITY IS A BAD SONG:

01. We Built This City was performed by a group who changed its name from Jefferson Airplane to Jefferson Starship to Starship and there is a line in the song that goes "Someone's always playing corporation games/Who cares they're always changing corporation names.

02. Marconi plays the Mamba: Bernie Taupin made an error when writing this song. He wrote Mamba (which is a snake), instead of Mambo (which is a dance) and no one corrected it.

03. We Built This City is repeated too many times.

04. The song doesn't tell you which city it's talking about.

05. Bernie Taupin has said that the song is about Los Angeles in the early 1970s, but in the spoken part of the song, the DJ says "The City by the Bay" (which is San Francisco).

06. In the music video, Abraham Lincoln gets off of his Lincoln Memorial chair...to dance! (What does that have to do with the song?)

07. The radio announcer for no reason in the middle of the song.


We Built This City

Lyrics by Bernie Taupin
Music by Martin Page/Dennis Lambert/Peter Wolf

We Built This City

Say you don't know me, or recognize my face
Say you don't care who goes to that kind of place
Knee deep in the hoopla, sinking in your fight
Too many runaways eating up the night

Marconi plays the Mamba,
Listen to the radio
Don't you remember?
We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll

Someone always playing corporation games
Who cares they're always changing corporation names
We just want to dance here, someone stole the stage
They call us irresponsible, write us off the page

Marconi plays the Mamba,
Listen to the radio
Don't you remember?
We built this city
We built this city on rock and roll!

It's just another Sunday in a tired old street
Police have got the choke hold, and we just lost the beat

Who counts the money underneath the bar
Who rides the wrecking ball into our guitars
Don't tell us you need us, 'cause we're the ship of fools
Looking for America, crawling through your schools

I'm looking out over that Golden Gate bridge
on another gorgeous sunny Saturday,
not seein' that bumper-to-bumper traffic

It's your favorite radio station, in your favorite radio city
The city by the bay, the city that rocks, the city that never sleeps

Posted by Roy on Friday, 06.3.11 @ 08:30am


So if the Rock Hall is nominating and inducting The Small Faces/The Faces, why didn't they nominate and induct Jefferson Airplane as Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship instead of inducting them as Jefferson Airplane? There would have been 13 members inducted, with Balin, Kantner, and Slick as the only members of both groups. Grace Slick was the only member of all three groups: Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship. Jefferson Starship should be inducted in the future. Pete Sears, Aynsley Dunbar and Mickey Thomas deserve it.

Jefferson Airplane (1965-1973) ; The 1996 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

01. Marty Balin (guitar, vocals)
02. Jack Casady (bass guitar)
03. Spencer Dryden (drums)
04. Paul Kantner (guitar, banjo, vocals)
05. Jorma Kaukonen (guitar)
06. Grace Slick (vocals)

Jefferson Starship (1974-1984)

01. Marty Balin (guitar, vocals)
02. Paul Kantner (guitar, banjo, vocals)
03. Grace Slick (vocals)
04. Craig Chaquico (guitar, synthesizers)
05. David Freiberg (bass, keyboards, synthesizers)
06. Johnny Barbata (drums, percussion, vocals)
07. Pete Sears (bass, guitar, keyboards)
08. Aynsley Dunbar (drums)
09. Mickey Thomas (vocals)
10. Donny Baldwin (drums, percussion)

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 11.27.11 @ 23:19pm


I still say they should have been nominated and inducted as Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship

Posted by Roy on Friday, 01.27.12 @ 08:44am


JOINT INDUCTIONS: What Was/What Should Have Been/And What Will Be

01. 1996 - Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship
02. 1997 - The (Young) Rascals
03. 1997 - Parliament/Funkadelic
04. 2012 - The Small Faces/The Faces
05. 20?? - Joy Division/New Order
06. 20?? - Wham!/George Michael

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.28.12 @ 06:44am


I wouldn't include Starship in the induction, but Jefferson Starship deserved it. If they had been nominated and inducted as Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship there would have been 13 members inducted instead of 6. Actually, it would have also been correct if the nomination and induction read Jefferson Airplane/Starship.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 07:06am


http://www.hitparadehalloffame.com/artistbios/2010_artistpages/2012_artists/JeffersonAirplane.php

Nominated for the 2012 Hit Parade Hall of Fame as Jefferson Airplane/Starship

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 07.28.12 @ 20:18pm


RIP, Joey Covington

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Thursday, 06.6.13 @ 09:14am


One must always remember to pay tribute to the mother of "progressive rock"- Grace Slick.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 05.26.14 @ 10:57am


If they had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Jefferson Airplane/Starship, they would have had 13 members inducted instead of just 6 members inducted.

Jefferson Airplane/Starship

01. Marty Balin (1965-1978; 1999; 2008: guitar, vocals)
02. Paul Kantner (1965-1984; 1999; 2008: guitar, banjo, vocals)
03. Jack Cassidy (1965-1972; 1999; 2008: bass; Hot Tuna)
04. Spencer Dryden (1966-1970: drums; The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs)
05. Jorma Kaukonen (1965-1972: guitar, vocals; Hot Tuna)
06. Grace Slick (1966-1988; 1999; 2008: vocals; The Great Society)
07. Craig Chaquico (1974-1990: guitar, synthesizers)
08. David Freiberg (1974-1984: bass, keyboards, synthesizers; Quicksilver Messenger Service)
09. Johnny Barbata (1974-1978: drums, percussion, vocals; The Sentinals, The Turtles)
10. Pete Sears (1974-1987: bass, guitar, keyboards)
11. Aynsley Dunbar (1979-1982: drums; Whitesnake, Journey, The Mothers, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers)
12. Mickey Thomas (1979-Present: vocals; Elvin Bishop)
13. Donny Baldwin (1984-1989; 2008: drums, percussion; Elvin Bishop, Jerry Garcia Band)

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 21:26pm


If they had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Jefferson Airplane/Starship, they would have had 13 members inducted instead of just 6 members inducted.

Jefferson Airplane/Starship

01. Marty Balin (1965-1978; 1999; 2008: guitar, vocals)
02. Paul Kantner (1965-1984; 1999; 2008: guitar, banjo, vocals)
03. Jack Cassidy (1965-1972; 1999; 2008: bass; Hot Tuna)
04. Jorma Kaukonen (1965-1972: guitar, vocals; Hot Tuna)
05. Spencer Dryden (1966-1970: drums; The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs)
06. Grace Slick (1966-1988; 1999; 2008: vocals; The Great Society)
07. Craig Chaquico (1974-1990: guitar, synthesizers)
08. David Freiberg (1974-1984: bass, keyboards, synthesizers; Quicksilver Messenger Service)
09. Johnny Barbata (1974-1978: drums, percussion, vocals; The Sentinals, The Turtles)
10. Pete Sears (1974-1987: bass, guitar, keyboards)
11. Aynsley Dunbar (1979-1982: drums; Whitesnake, Journey, The Mothers, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers)
12. Mickey Thomas (1979-Present: vocals; Elvin Bishop)
13. Donny Baldwin (1984-1989; 2008: drums, percussion; Elvin Bishop, Jerry Garcia Band)

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 21:31pm


If they had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as Jefferson Airplane/Starship, they would have had 13 members inducted instead of just 6 members inducted.

Jefferson Airplane/Starship

01. Marty Balin (1965-1978; 1999; 2008: guitar, vocals)
02. Paul Kantner (1965-1984; 1999; 2008: guitar, banjo, vocals)
03. Jack Cassidy (1965-1972; 1999; 2008: bass; Hot Tuna)
04. Jorma Kaukonen (1965-1972: guitar, vocals; Hot Tuna)
05. Spencer Dryden (1966-1970: drums; The Peanut Butter Conspiracy, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Dinosaurs)
06. Grace Slick (1966-1988; 1999; 2008: vocals; The Great Society)
07. Craig Chaquico (1974-1990: guitar, synthesizers)
08. Pete Sears (1974-1987: bass, guitar, keyboards)
09. David Freiberg (1974-1984: bass, keyboards, synthesizers; Quicksilver Messenger Service)
10. Johnny Barbata (1974-1978: drums, percussion, vocals; The Sentinals, The Turtles)
11. Aynsley Dunbar (1979-1982: drums; Whitesnake, Journey, The Mothers, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers)
12. Mickey Thomas (1979-Present: vocals; Elvin Bishop)
13. Donny Baldwin (1984-1989; 2008: drums, percussion; Elvin Bishop, Jerry Garcia Band)

Jefferson Starship

01. Marty Balin (1974-1978; 1999; 2008: guitar, vocals; Jefferson Airplane)
02. Paul Kantner (1974-1984; 1999; 2008: guitar, banjo, vocals; Jefferson Airplane)
03. Grace Slick (1974-1988; 1999; 2008: vocals; The Great Society, Jefferson Airplane, Starship)
04. Craig Chaquico (1974-1990: guitar, synthesizers; Starship)
05. Pete Sears (1974-1987: bass, guitar, keyboards; Starship)
06. David Freiberg (1974-1984: bass, keyboards, synthesizers; Quicksilver Messenger Service)
07. Johnny Barbata (1974-1978: drums, percussion, vocals; The Sentinals, The Turtles)
08. Aynsley Dunbar (1979-1982: drums; Whitesnake, Journey, The Mothers, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers)
09. Mickey Thomas (1979-Present: vocals; Elvin Bishop, Starship)
10. Donny Baldwin (1984-1989; 2008: drums, percussion; Elvin Bishop, Starship, Jerry Garcia Band)

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 21:50pm


Singer Signe Toly Anderson, whom Grace Slick replaced after the first Jefferson Airplane album, was not inducted.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 08.10.14 @ 06:32am


Jefferson Airplane/Starship

01. Marty Balin (1965-1978; 1999; 2008: guitar, vocals)
02. Paul Kantner (1965-1984; 1999; 2008: guitar, banjo, vocals)
03. Jack Cassidy (1965-1972; 1999; 2008: bass; Hot Tuna)
04. Jorma Kaukonen (1965-1972: guitar, vocals; Hot Tuna)
05. Spencer Dryden (1966-1970: drums)
06. Grace Slick (1966-1988; 1999; 2008: vocals; The Great Society)
07. Craig Chaquico (1974-1990: guitar, synthesizers)
08. Pete Sears (1974-1987: bass, guitar, keyboards)
09. David Freiberg (1974-1984: bass, keyboards, synthesizers; Quicksilver Messenger Service)
10. Johnny Barbata (1974-1978: drums, percussion, vocals; The Sentinals, The Turtles)
11. Aynsley Dunbar (1979-1982: drums; Whitesnake, Journey)
12. Mickey Thomas (1979-Present: vocals; Elvin Bishop)
13. Donny Baldwin (1984-1989; 2008: drums, percussion; Elvin Bishop, Jerry Garcia Band)

Posted by Roy on Monday, 12.14.15 @ 11:00am


http://hitparadehalloffame.com/jefferson-airplane-starship/

Inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame as Jefferson Airplane/Starship

Posted by Roy on Monday, 12.14.15 @ 11:08am


RIP Paul Kantner

Posted by Roy on Thursday, 01.28.16 @ 20:03pm


"And it's a fair wind blowin' warm
Out of the south over my shoulder
Guess I'll set a course and go"

RIP Paul Kantner

Posted by Shrek on Thursday, 01.28.16 @ 20:17pm


One more mention: Rest in Peace Paul Kantner, of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship, 1941-2016.

Posted by Joe on Thursday, 01.28.16 @ 21:16pm


RIP Signe Toly Anderson

Posted by Roy on Saturday, 01.30.16 @ 17:48pm


My most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Signe Toly Anderson and Paul Kantner on their recent passings. Jefferson Airplane was a huge influence upon the music of various "progressive rock" artists, including Rush. Geddy Lee has listed, "Bless It's Pointed Little Head" as being one of his favorite albums.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 02.1.16 @ 08:56am


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