Tag: psychedelic rock

Artist Countdown: Jefferson Airplane / Starship Top 45 Hits 6pm ET

JeffersonAirplane_PRJefferson Airplane was an American rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1965. A pioneer of psychedelic rock, Jefferson Airplane was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love”. The band performed at the three most famous American rock festivals of the 1960s—Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969)—as well as headlining the first Isle of Wight Festival. Two hits from the album “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, are listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Successor bands to Jefferson Airplane include Jefferson Starship and Starship; spinoffs include Hot Tuna and KBC Band. Jefferson Airplane was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Jefferson Starship is an American rock band formed in the early 1970s by several members of the former psychedelic rock group Jefferson Airplane. The band has undergone several major changes in personnel and genres through the years while retaining the same Jefferson Starship name. The current Jefferson Starship, led by co-founder Paul Kantner, more closely resembles its original mix of psychedelic and electric folk music than the pop-driven tunes it was widely known for in the early to mid-1980s. It is not to be confused with Starship, a spin-off of the group featuring former co-lead singer Mickey Thomas that also periodically tours. The latter group is most frequently identified with the 1980s pop tunes of the Jefferson Starship.

jefferson-starship-1In June 1984, Paul Kantner, the last remaining founding member of Jefferson Airplane, left Jefferson Starship, and then took legal action over the Jefferson Starship name against his former bandmates. Kantner settled out of court and signed an agreement that neither party would use the names “Jefferson” or “Airplane” unless all members of Jefferson Airplane, Inc. (Bill Thompson, Paul Kantner, Grace Slick, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack Casady) agreed. The band briefly changed its name to Starship Jefferson while legal proceedings occurred, but ultimately the name was reduced to Starship. Freiberg stayed with the band after the lawsuit and attended the first studio sessions for the next album. He became frustrated with the sessions because all the keyboard work in the studio was being done by Peter Wolf (who had played on the sessions for Nuclear Furniture and briefly joined the band on the road for the follow-up tour) and that was the instrument Freiberg was supposed to be playing. He left the band and the next album was finished with the five remaining members. In 1984, Gabriel Katona (who had previously played in Rare Earth and Player) joined the band to play keyboards and saxophone on the road with them through the end of 1986. – Wikipedia

1 Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now
2 We Built This City
3 Sara
4 It’s Not Over (‘Til It’s Over)
5 It’s Not Enough
6 Count On Me
7 Jane
8 Miracles
9 With Your Love
10 Runaway
11 Find Your Way Back
12 No Way Out
13 Somebody to Love
14 White Rabbit
15 Tomorrow Doesn’t Matter Tonight
16 Winds of Change
17 Be My Lady
18 Stranger
19 Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil
20 Layin’ It on the Line
21 Pretty as You Feel
22 Watch Her Ride
23 Set the Night to Music
24 Wild Again
25 Hearts of The World Will Understand
26 Crazy Feelin’
27 Light the Sky On Fire
28 Before I Go
29 Save Your Love
30 Stairway To Cleveland
31 Can’t Find Love
32 Planes
33 Greasy Heart
34 Beat Patrol
35 Play On Love
36 Sorry Me, Sorry You
37 Girl with the Hungry Eyes
38 Crown of Creation
39 St. Charles
40 I Didn’t Mean to Stay All Night
41 Ride the Tiger
42 Mexico
43 Long John Silver
44 My Best Friend
45 Plastic Fantastic Lover