Jefferson Airplane was a rock group that formed in San Francisco in the mid-1960s and became one of the leading bands of the counterculture movement. The band’s original lineup included Marty Balin (vocals), Paul Kantner (guitar), Jorma Kaukonen (guitar), Jack Casady (bass), and Spencer Dryden (drums).
The band’s debut album, “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off,” was released in 1966 and featured a mix of blues, folk, and rock. Their follow-up album, “Surrealistic Pillow,” released in 1967, became their breakthrough hit and featured the band’s most well-known song, “Somebody to Love.” The album reached the top of the charts and solidified Jefferson Airplane’s place as one of the leading bands of the era.
In the late 1960s, Jefferson Airplane became known for their energetic live performances and politically charged lyrics. The band’s third album, “After Bathing at Baxter’s,” was released in 1967 and featured more experimental and psychedelic sounds.
The band’s fourth album, “Crown of Creation,” released in 1968, continued in this vein and contained the hit single “Lather.” In 1969, the band released “Volunteers,” an album that addressed the political and social issues of the time, including the Vietnam War and the counterculture movement.
Throughout the 1970s, group experienced lineup changes and shifts in musical direction. Despite these changes, the band remained a popular live act and released several successful albums, including “Bark” (1971) and “Long John Silver” (1972).
In the 1980s, the band changed its name to Jefferson Starship and continued to tour and release new music. In the 1990s, the band reformed under the name Jefferson Airplane and released a reunion album, “Jefferson Airplane.”
In total, band released 15 studio albums and became known for their pioneering contributions to the psychedelic rock genre. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.