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Tribute to Marty Balin

by Allan Arkush Oct 06, 2018

I couldn’t let the passing of Marty Balin go by without playing all my Jefferson Airplane LPs. They were one of the first great live bands that I ever saw. I bought all their LPs on the day that they hit the stores.

Working at the Fillmore East, I got to know him a little bit. He was a really sweet gent. His love songs were at the very heart of what made that band so special.

Drummer Spencer Dryden died in 2005, guitarist and co-founder Paul Kantner passed in 2016 on the same day as the band’s first vocalist, Signe Anderson. Marty, wherever you are, I know that for you and the band, it’s always The Summer of Love.