Jefferson Airplane Biography

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Jefferson AirplaneJefferson Airplane was an American Rock band that was formed in San Francisco and was considered as a pioneer of the psychedelic rock movement. The band was able to lead the way for popularizing the psychedelic music scene in the mid-60’s San Francisco. They also achieved a lot of firsts for the growing number of psychedelic acts back then.

Jefferson airplane was the first psychedelic band from San Francisco to sign a contract with a major record label. They were also the first band of their kind to appear on national television and the first to score hit records in the US. They were also the first band to tour the US East Coast and Europe.

The band was formed in San Francisco on the summer of 1965 by its then vocalist Marty Balin. Balin was already able to establish a career as a singer in the 60’s by releasing several recordings under his own name. He met with Paul Kantner at a local club and they set about to form a new band by selecting musicians from the area. They eventually recruited blues guitarist Jorma Kaukonen, vocalist Signe Toly Anderson, drummer Jerry Peloquin and bassist Bob Harvey to complete the band.

The band drew inspiration from other bands such as the Beatles and gradually developed a pop oriented sound. In order to establish a better sounding group, line-up changes were made. As they continued doing live performances in the San Francisco area, their skills began to improve. They were able to gain a strong following in the San Francisco music scene. Not long afterwards, the band was able to sign a recording contract with RCA Victor.

The band was able to release their debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off, the next year after they signed with RCA Victor. It was a blues inspired album that gained quite considerable attention from fans that eventually made it into a gold album for the band. Their first breakthrough however came when the band was booked to play at the Monterey International Pop Festival in 1967.

It was also a time when the band had a new singer in Grace Slick, whose electric stage presence gave the band considerable attention on their live performances. By 1967, they were also enjoying the success of their second LP, Surrealistic Pillow, which peaked at the Billboard charts at number three. This LP also became a worldwide success and became known as a prime contributor to the so-called "Summer of Love" which brought the growing hippie counterculture in San Francisco to worldwide prominence.

By the time they performed at the Monterey International Pop Festival that year, their fame increased further as the resulting film and TV coverage of the festival gave the band some international exposure.

The success of the band continued on the next decade. Overall, the band was considered as an immense success, with seven of the ten albums that they were able to release reached the Top 20 on the US album charts. The band disbanded for a while in 1970’s and then reformed again and eventually dissolved in 1973.

Yet other members of the Jefferson Airplane went on to solo projects as well as putting up several incarnations of the band such as Jefferson Starship which later on mutated only to Starship ( a band that enjoyed some success with the hit song, "Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now".

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