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“Marty was the one who started the San Francisco scene”– Bill Thompson, Jefferson Airplane Manager
Jefferson Airplane came to epitomize the psychedelic scene, scoring a gold record with their 1967 album, Surrealistic Pillow. The group’s founding member and lead vocalist, Marty Balin, proved a pivotal element to their sound with his soulful tenor He wrote key compositions including “It’s No Secret,” “Today,” “Comin’ Back to Me,” “Plastic Fantastic Lover,” “Share a Little Joke,” and “Volunteers.” At the end of 1978, after contributing several major hits with Jefferson Starship, including “Miracles,” “Without Your Love,” “Count On Me,” and “Runaway,” Balin left the band. Today, he tours as a trio consisting of himself, Chuck Morrongiello on lead guitar and Lloyd Goldstein on standup bass. Balin has two new solo albums: Good Memories, a 50-year anniversary tribute to Jefferson Airplane (Dec. 11, 2015) and The Greatest Love (Feb. 19, 2016). BOTH will be available tonight!
Michelangelo claimed that he did not create a sculpture. Rather, the form was contained within the block of marble; he merely removed the excess, revealing the work of art. “I feel the same way about music, and about all the projects I’m involved in. The projects do themselves; the music comes through me.” The same vision Marty had when he launched the Jefferson Airplane is present today. In fact, nearly everything he has worked on over the years has been fueled with his vision of art and music as vehicles for expressing a positive message. “I still have the same attitude. “I still love the positive, uplifting songs, and I believe in songs with those qualities. I believe that music can help change the world for the better.”