Now Paul Kantner.
We lost another one yesterday, as the co-founder of the Jefferson Airplane departed terra firma. The first of the San Francisco bands to score a major label recording contract, the Airplane gave us such classics as Somebody to Love and White Rabbit. In time, the Airplane became the Starship...and, long after Paul split, became the punchline of a train wreck.
While the remnants of the Starship were spawning We Built This City, Kantner returned to his roots and hooked up with original vocalist Marty Balin and bassist Jack Casady to form KBC, creating one of the best protest songs of the decidedly non-engaged '80s.
And, here's hoping we lose no more in February.