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Marty Balin’s birthday

Marty Balin’s birthday

Marty Balin’s birthday


Originally shared by Dennis Healy

Jefferson Airplane – Today.. A very happy 75th birthday Marty Balin. Balin was a founder and one of the lead vocalists for Jefferson Airplane from 1965 to 1971. In the group’s famous 1966-1971 iteration, Balin served as co-lead vocalist alongside Grace Slick and rhythm guitarist Paul Kantner. While his output diminished after Surrealistic Pillow (1967) as Slick, Kantner, and lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen matured as songwriters (a process compounded by Balin’s eschewal of the group’s burgeoning „ego trips”), his most enduring songwriting contributions—often imbued with a romantic, pop-oriented lilt atypical of the band’s characteristic forays into psychedelic rock—include „Comin’ Back to Me” (a folk rock ballad later covered by Ritchie Havens and Rickie Lee Jones), „Today” (a collaboration with Kantner initially written on spec for Tony Bennett that was prominently covered by Tom Scott), and again with Kantner, the topical 1969 top-100 hit „Volunteers”. Although uncharacteristic of his oeuvre, the uptempo „3/5 of a Mile in 10 Seconds” and „Plastic Fantastic Lover” (both written for Surrealistic Pillow) remained integral components of the Airplane’s live set throughout the late 1960s. Wikipedia

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