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On January 28, 2016.

On January 28, 2016, Paul Lorin Kantner died aged 74. He was musician (guitar, banjo, and harmonica) and vocalist, member of the KBC Band and Jefferson Starship, but was best known as the co-founder, rhythm guitarist and occasional vocalist of the Jefferson Airplane. In 1996, as a member of Jefferson Airplane, Kantner was inducted into the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”.

On October 4, 1982.

On October 4, 1982, “Grunt” label released “Winds of Change”, the seventh Jefferson Starship album. It was recorded in 1982, at “The Automat” in San Francisco, and was produced by Kevin Beamish.


  • Grace Slick – vocals
  • Mickey Thomas – vocals
  • Paul Kantner – vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Craig Chaquico – lead guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Aynsley Dunbar – drums, percussion
  • David Freiberg – vocals, bass, keyboards, organ, synthesizer
  • Pete Sears – bass, keyboards, synthesizer, piano
  • Maureen Droney – assistant engineer
  • Tom Cummings – assistant mixing engineer
  • Jeff Sanders – mastering
  • Maurice – production coordinator
  • Andreas Nottebohm – cover art, painting
  • Dyer / Kahn, Inc. – design
  • Paul Tokarski, Visual Promotions, Inc. – special effects photography

Track listing:

  1. Winds of Change – lyrics by Jeannette Sears, music by Pete Sears
  2. Keep on Dreamin’ – Craig Chaguico
  3. Be My Lady – lyrics by Jeannette Sears, music by Pete Sears
  4. I Will Stay – lyrics by Jeannette Sears, music by Pete Sears
  5. Out of Control – lyrics by Paul Kantner, China Wing, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, music by Paul Kantner
  6. Can’t Find Love – lyrics by Grace Slick, Monica Clemans, Mickey Thomas, Craig Chaquico, music by Craig Chaquico
  7. Black Widow – Craig Chaquico, Grace Slick
  8. I Came Back From the Jaws of the Dragon – Paul Kantner
  9. Quit Wasting Time – lyrics by Jeannette Sears, music by Pete Sears

On September 2, 2008.

On September 2, 2008, “The Lab” label released “Jefferson’s Tree of Liberty”, the tenth Jefferson Starship album. It was recorded in October 1970 at “Wally Heider Studios”, in San Francisco, in 1998 at “Coast Recorders” in San Francisco, in March and May 2008 at “Renegade Studios” in San Rafael, California, and was produced by Michael Gaiman, David Freiberg, and Paul Kantner.


  • Paul Kantner– vocals, 12-string acoustic guitar, ‘George Harrison’ lead guitar, 12-string electric guitar, banjo, glass harmonica, mixing, liner notes
  • David Freiberg– vocals, acoustic and washboard guitar, mixing, additional recording, liner notes
  • Cathy Richardson– vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar
  • Chris Smith – piano, bass, squeezebox, drone, pennywhistle, string synthesizer
  • Slick Aguilar– tremolo and ‘Soldano’ electric guitar, lead guitar
  • Prairie Prince– drums, snare, kick, bodhran
  • Donny Baldwin– drums
  • Darby Gould– vocals
  • Diana Mangano – vocals
  • Marty Balin– vocals, acoustic guitar
  • David Grisman– mandolin
  • Grace Slick– vocals
  • David LaFlamme– violin
  • Michael Gaiman – flat-picked acoustic guitar
  • Michael Eisenstein – acoustic guitar
  • Barry Sless– pedal steel guitar
  • The Wailin’ Cowgirls (Cathy Richardson, Linda Imperial) – vocals
  • Jack Casady– bass
  • T Lavitz– keyboards
  • The I-Jays (Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Darby Gould) – vocals
  • Alexander Kantner – electric bass guitar
  • Paul Lamb – French horn
  • Jack Traylor – vocals
  • Michael Gaiman – mixing, art and booklet design, layout and direction, liner notes
  • Paul Lamb – engineer, mixing
  • Cathy Richardson – additional recording
  • John Ovnik – additional recording
  • Paul Stubblebine – mastering
  • Rebecca Baltutis, Jesse Obstbaum – art and booklet design, layout and direction
  • Mike Thut – photography

Track listing:

  1. Wasn’t That a Time – Lee Hays, William Lowenfels, additional lyrics by Paul Kantner
  2. Follow the Drinking Gourd – traditional
  3. Santy Anno – traditional, arranged by Paul Kantner
  4. Cowboy on the Run – Dino Valenti
  5. I Ain’t Marching Anymore – Phil Ochs, additional lyrics by Cathy Richardson
  6. Chimes of Freedom – Bob Dylan
  7. Genesis Hall – Richard Thompson
  8. Kisses Sweeter Than Wine – Paul Campbell, Huddie Ledbetter
  9. Royal Canal (The Auld Triangle) – Brendan Behan
  10. Rising of the Moon – K. Casey, Turlough O’Carolan
  11. Frenario – traditional
  12. In a Crisis – World Entertainment War
  13. Maybe for You (from Windows of Heaven) – Terry Terrell
  14. Commandante Carlos Fonseca – Carlos Mejia-Godoy, Tomás Borge
  15. Pastures of Plenty – Woody Guthrie
  16. Imagine Redemption (arrangement of Imagine and Redemption Song) – John Lennon, Bob Marley, idea by Michael Gaiman
  17. On the Threshold of Fire – Paul Kantner
  18. The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood – traditional, words by Richard Fariña
  19. Surprise Surprise (hidden track) – Jack Traylor, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner

On August 24, 1998.

On August 24, 1998, Eugene Edgar Page Jr. aka Gene Page, died aged 58. He was a conductor, composer, arranger, and record producer, one of the most successful arrangers and conductors from the mid-1960s through the mid-1980s, who worked on more than 200 Platinum and gold records. He created specific sound in the arrangements, and work with numerous artists including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, George Benson, The Jackson 5, Jefferson Starship, The Righteous Brothers, The Supremes, The Four Tops, Roberta Flack, Elton John, Leo Sayer, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, Frankie Valli, Helen Reddy, Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Donna Loren, Martha and The Vandellas, Cher, Barry White, The Love Unlimited Orchestra, and Dionne Warwick. Page released four solo albums and composed soundtracks for few movies.

On May 30, 1984.

On May 30, 1984, “Grunt” label released “Nuclear Furniture”, the eighth Jefferson Starship album. It was recorded in 1984, at “Automatt” in San Francisco, and was produced by Ron Nevison.


  • Grace Slick– vocals, arrangements
  • Donny Baldwin– vocals, drums, percussion, arrangements
  • Craig Chaquico– lead guitar, arrangements
  • David Freiberg– vocals, keyboards, arrangements
  • Paul Kantner– vocals, electric rhythm guitar, acoustic rhythm guitar, banjo, arrangements
  • Pete Sears– bass, keyboards, arrangements
  • Mickey Thomas– vocals, arrangements
  • Peter Wolf– synthesizers, keyboards, LinnDrum programming
  • Brian MacLeod– Simmons drums
  • Ron Nevison– engineer, arrangements
  • Peter Wolf– arrangements
  • Maureen Droney – assistant engineer
  • Kevin Eddy – assistant mixing engineer
  • Mike Reese – mastering
  • Maurice – production coordinator
  • Rod Dyer, Clive Pierce / Dyer / Kahn, Inc. – cover design

 Track listing:

  1. Layin’ It on the Line – lyrics by Mickey Thomas, Craig Chaquico, music by Craig Chaquico, Mickey Thomas
  2. No Way Out – lyrics by Ina Wolf, music by Peter Wolf
  3. Sorry Me, Sorry You – lyrics by Jeannette Sears, music by Pete Sears
  4. Live and Let Live – lyrics by Jeannette Sears, music by Pete Sears
  5. Connection – lyrics by Paul Kantner, music by Thomas Kantner
  6. Rose Goes to Yale – lyrics by Paul Kantner, Ronnie Gilbert, music by Thomas Kantner
  7. Magician – lyrics by Grace Slick, music by Peter Wolf
  8. Assassin – lyrics by Jeannnette Sears, ,music by Pete Sears
  9. Shinning in the Moonlight – lyrics by Craig Chaquito, Thomas Kantner, music by Craig Chaquito
  10. Showdown – Grace Slick
  11. Champion – lyrics by Paul Kantner, Ronnie Gilbert, music by Thomas Kantner

On February 6, 1978.

On February 6, 1978, “Grunt” label released “Earth”, the fourth Jefferson Starship album. It was recorded July – October 1977, at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Larry Cox, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Pete Sears, Craig Chaquico, John Barbata and David Freiberg.


  • Grace Slick– vocals, piano, arrangements, art direction
  • Paul Kantner– vocals, rhythm guitar, arrangements, art direction
  • Marty Balin– vocals, arrangement, art direction
  • Pete Sears– bass guitar, electric piano, organ, Moog, synthesizer, piano, celeste, clavinet, arrangements, art direction
  • Craig Chaquico– vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, arrangements, art direction
  • John Barbata– vocals, electric drums, drums, congas, percussion, arrangements, art direction
  • David Freiberg– vocals, bass, organ, arrangements, art direction
  • Jesse Barish– background vocals
  • Gene Page – horn and string arrangements
  • Larry Cox – engineer
  • David Frazer – assistant engineer
  • Steve Hall – recording
  • John Golden – mastering
  • Pat Leraci (Maurice) – production coordinator, art coordination
  • Nat Quick – illustration
  • Cynthia Bowman – art coordination
  • Bill Laudner – art assistant
  • Gribbitt (Tim Bryant) – art director
  • Don Davis– Earth dust sleeve illustration, Earth label illustration
  • Roger Rossmeyer – photography
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant

Track listing:

  1. Love Too Good – lyrics by Gabriel Robles, music by Craig Chaquico
  2. Count on Me – lyrics and music by Jesse Barish
  3. Take Your Time – lyrics by Grace Slick, music by Pete Sears
  4. Crazy Feelin’ – lyrics and music by Jesse Barish
  5. Skateboard – lyrics by Grace Slick, Craig Chaquico, music by Craig Chaquico
  6. Fire – lyrics by Mary Balin, Trish Robbins, music by David Freiberg, Pete Sears
  7. Show Yourself – lyrics and music by Grace Slick
  8. Runaway – lyrics and music by N.Q.Dewey
  9. All Night Long – lyrics by Paul Kantner, Mary Balin, Jesse Barish, Grace Slick, music by Paul Kantner, John Barbata, Pete Sears, Craig Chaquico, David Freiberg


On September 27, 2018.

On September 27, 2018, Martyn Jerel Buchwald aka Marty Balin died aged 76. He was singer, musician (guitar, keyboards) and songwriter, member of KBC Band, Jefferson Starship, but best known as the founder and one of the lead singers and songwriters of Jefferson Airplane.

On April 2, 1981.

On April 2, 1981, “Grunt” label released “Modern Times”, the 6th Jefferson Starship album. It was recorded 1980 – 1981, at “Record Plant” in Los Angeles, and was produced by Ron Nevison.


  • Grace Slick – vocals
  • Craig Chaquico– lead guitar, rhythm guitar, synthesizer, steel drums
  • Aynsley Dunbar– drums, percussion, marimba, synthesizer
  • David Freiberg– vocals, bass, piano, synthesizer, organ
  • Paul Kantner– vocals, rhythm guitar, Oberheim 8-voice synthesizer
  • Pete Sears– bass, piano, synthesizer , Moog
  • Mickey Thomas– lead vocals
  • Grace Slick– vocals
  • Ron Nevison, Michael Clink– engineer
  • Mike Reese – mastering
  • Pat Leraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Bill Murphy / Rod Dyer, Inc. – design, art direction
  • Ryoko Ishioka – cover concept
  • Monica Clemans – cover model
  • Leon LeCash – photography

Track listing:

  1. Find Your Way Back – Craig Chaquico, Tom Borsdorf
  2. Stranger – Jeannette Sears, Pete Sears
  3. Wild Eyes (Angel) – Paul Kantner
  4. Save Your Love – J. Sears
  5. Modern Times – Paul Kantner, Mickey Thomas
  6. Mary – J. Sears, Craig Chaquico
  7. Free – Mickey Thomas, Craig Chaquico
  8. Allen – J. Sears
  9. Stairway To Cleveland (We Do What We Want) – Paul Kantner, Paul Warren


In September 1974.

In September 1974, “Grunt” label released “Dragon Fly”, the debut Jefferson Starship album (credited to Grace Slick, Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship). It was recorded in July 1974, at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Larry Cox, Grace Slick, Papa John Creach, Craig Chaquico, Paul Kantner, David Freiberg, Pete Sears and John Barbata.


  • Grace Slick– vocals, piano
  • Papa John Creach– electric violin
  • Craig Chaquico– lead guitar
  • Paul Kantner– rhythm guitar, vocals
  • David Freiberg– keyboards, vocals, piano, organ, bass
  • Pete Sears– bass, piano, harpsichord, organ
  • John Barbata– drums, percussion
  • Marty Balin– lead vocals
  • Larry Cox – engineer
  • Pat Leraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Steve Mantoani – engineer
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • Acy Lehman, Frank Mulvey – art directors
  • Peter Lloyd – illustration

Track listing:

  1. Ride the Tiger – Byong Yu, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner
  2. That’s for Sure – Jerry Gallup
  3. Be Young You – Grace Slick
  4. Caroline – Marty Balin
  5. Devil’s Den – Grace Slick
  6. Come to Life – Robert Hunter
  7. All Fly Away – Tom Pacheco
  8. Hyperactive – Grace Slick


In June 1976.

In June 1976, “Grunt” label released “Spitfire”, the third Jefferson Starship album. It was recorded in March 1976, at “Wally Heider Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Larry Cox, Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Paul Kantner, Craig Chaquico, David Freiberg, Pete Sears and John Barbata.  The album was certified Platinum in US by the “RIIA”.


  • Grace Slick– lead and backing vocals, piano, art direction
  • Marty Balin– lead and backing vocals, art direction
  • Paul Kantner– lead and backing vocals, rhythm guitar, art direction
  • Craig Chaquico– lead guitar, backing vocals, art direction
  • David Freiberg– keyboards, lead and backing vocals, ARP synthesizer, bass, art direction
  • Pete Sears– bass, piano, Mellotron, keyboards, organ, Moog, art direction
  • John Barbata– drums, percussion, backing and lead vocals, art direction
  • Bobbye Hall – percussion, congas
  • Dave Roberts– string and horn arrangements
  • Steven Schuster– saxophone
  • Larry Cox – engineer
  • Steve Malcolm – assistant to the engineer
  • Pat Ieraci (Maurice) – production coordinator
  • Bill Thompson – manager
  • Cassandra Gaviola– dragon princess
  • Paul Dowell – amp consultant
  • John Langdon – label art
  • Tim Bryant/Gribbit – album design,art direction
  • Ron Slenzak– cover photography
  • Shusei Nagaoka– illustration
  • Mastered by Kent Duncan

Track listing:

  1. Cruisin – Charles Hickox
  2. Dance with the Dragon – Paul Kantner,Grace Slick, Marty Balin, Craig Chaquico
  3. Hot Water – Grace Slick, Pete Sears
  4. Charles – Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, Jesse Barish, Craig Chaquico, Thunderhawk
  5. Song to the Sun: Part I: Ozymandias / Part II: Don’t Let It Rain – Paul Kantner,China Wing,  Craig Chaquico, John Barbata, David Freiberg, Pete Sears, Grace Slick, Paul Kantner
  6. With Your Love – Marty Balin, Joey Covington,Vic Smith
  7. Switchblade – Grace Slick
  8. Big City – John Barbata, Joel Scott Hill,Chris Ethridge
  9. Love Lovely Love – Jesse Barish