Posted in music on June 6, 2013

Joey Covington

Joey Covington, who appeared on Jefferson Airplane's 1969 album, Volunteers, and officially joined the band as their drummer for their final two albums, Bark and Long John Silver (not counting the 1989 reunion album), passed away in a car crash this past Tuesday (6/4), Billboard reports. He was 67.

In addition to drumming in Jefferson Airplane and even doing some singing/songwriting, Joey was also responsible for introducing violinist Papa John Creach to the band. He also played with JA side project Hot Tuna, contributed to Paul Kantner's Blows Against the Empire album, and briefly worked with Jefferson Starship. He also had one solo album, Joe E. Covington's Fat Fandango.

Rest in peace, Joey. You'll be missed. Listen to some songs he co-wrote below...


Jefferson Airplane - "Pretty As You Feel"

"Mau Mau (Amerikon)" from Paul Kantner's Blows Against the Empire



Comments (7)

And "Pretty as You Feel" was the last Airplane hit.

Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2013 10:02 AM

Hot Fucking Tuna!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2013 10:52 AM

Sad. Too young. RIP.

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2013 11:29 AM

Rumors now swirling say that this was a suicide. It was a single car crash with no brake marks or any evidence of trying to slow down. ??

Posted by Anonymous | June 6, 2013 12:11 PM

Live fast, die young.

Posted by Regular reader | June 6, 2013 12:46 PM

I just heard about Joey's passing, and I'm very bummed out to hear it. I always liked his work with the Airplane/Tuna family; he was the polar opposite of Spencer Dryden, but in his own unique, powerhouse way. RIP.

Posted by Maria | September 16, 2013 9:31 AM

I heard the song originally came out of a jam with Carlos Santana but I think Jorma is the guitar on the recorded version. I don't remember Santana being credited on the album...but that was a long long time ago. 

Posted by Menzelle | October 3, 2014 2:50 AM

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