Jefferson Airplane Drummer Dies in Car Crash

Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington was killed in a single-car crash in Palm Springs on Tuesday afternoon, officials said.fatalIMAG3854-jpg

Covington, 67 was driving his coupe near his home in Palm Springs, when apparently the car lost control, and hit a retaining wall head-on. He wasn’t wearing his seat belt. A nearby hotel guest attempted to revive Covington, but was unable and he was pronounced dead at 5:10am.

A friend of the drummer — Keith McCormick, owner of McCormick’s Classic Car Auctions — told the Desert Sun that Covington’s wife suspects he suffered a stroke or heart attack

Jefferson Airplane was an influential band from the psychedelic 1960s known for songs such as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” He was also a member of Jefferson Airplane successor Jefferson Starship and a founding member of the rock-blues band Hot Tuna.

A self-taught drummer, Covington helped found Hot Tuna in 1969 with Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Kantner while Airplane singer Grace Slick was recovering from surgery.

Covington later played on the albums Bark, for which he co-wrote “Pretty as You Feel,” and Long John Silver, though he quit halfway through the recording sessions. In 1976, he co-wrote Jefferson Starship’s “With Your Love,” a single that peaked at No. 12 on the charts.