In 1974, the ever-groovy Jefferson Airplane became the totally-spacey Jefferson Starship, who then went on to become the kinda-overproduced Starship. Here's a look back at the long, strange trip of Jefferson Starship, or whatever you want to call them.
Jefferson Airplane is synonymous with Grace Slick. The band's lead singer brought charisma, high-register vocals, and a genuine sense of menace to the band's songs, be it as a creepy guide through Wonderland in "White Rabbit", or by bringing the kitschy fun in "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." It's hard to imagine any version of the band getting anywhere without Slick... which is odd, because she wasn't actually their first singer.
After a performance in San Francisco in the summer of 1965, singer Signe Toly was asked to join the still-new Jefferson Airplane by founder Marty Balin. Toly provided lead vocals on Jefferson's Airplane's debut album in 1966. By the end of that year, she was out of the band. The other members had their eye on a replacement, however: Sherry Snow of the San Francisco duo Blackburn & Snow. But she wasn't interested, so Slick got the job.
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Bringing in Grace | 0:15 What's in a name? | 1:12 The lawsuit | 2:14 Disaster at Altamont | 3:24 Little baby god | 4:44 Airplane to Starship | 5:58 Marty Balin | 6:55 Firing Grace | 8:05 Losing a Jefferson | 9:18 We hate this city | 10:20 Airplane reunion | 11:20
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