Marty Balin RIP

Marty Balin, the ‘other’ vocalist in Jefferson Airplane has died. Most of my musical life has been dominated by Black American music, but there was that late 1960s period when Psychedelia and early rock was a big deal, and that included the Airplane. I loved some of their stuff – and I reckon that their album After Bathing at Baxter’s is one of the great, classic psychedelic records. If you don’t like psychedelia, other albums and records – ‘White Rabbit’, ‘Somebody to Love’ etc – might suit more, but whatever, they were a big deal for me, and I’m grateful to my old buddy Lenny for alerting me, because we shared their recordings back in the days of Rosemary, especially a slightly later album Volunteers. We all need somebody to love.


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