Paul Kantner, Jefferson Airplane Co-Founder, Dies at 74
Paul Kantner, a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, died Thursday of multiple organ failure, his publicist told the San Francisco Chronicle. He was 74.
Kantner, who had been a folk musician formed the Airplane in San Francisco in 1965 and the band pioneered the psychedelic rock sound, becoming the first San Francisco group of that era to achieve mainstream success.
Their second record album “Surrealistic Pillow” was a key component of the 1967 “Summer of Love” with the hits songs “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.”
Kantner formed the group with singers Marty Balin and Grace Slick along with guitarist Jorma Kaukonen and bass player Jack Casady. The Airplane was the first headliner booked by Bill Graham when he opened the iconic Fillmore Auditorium.