Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane/Starship & San Francisco Sound Pioneer Dies at 74

Paul Kantner, founding member of Jefferson Airplane who want to more commercial success with Jefferson Airplane died Thursday, Jan. 28, of multiple organ failure. Kantner, was 74 and had suffered a heart attack earlier this week.

 Kantner’s death was confirmed by longtime publicist and friend, Cynthia Bowman, who said he died of multiple organ failure and septic shock..Kantner suffered from a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March 2015.

With Jefferson Airplane, Kantner, who was frequently wearing a headband, pioneered what became known as the San Francisco sound in the mid-1960s, with such hits as “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit.” Although the band was originally formed by Marty Balin, Kantner eventually became the leader of Jefferson Airplane and captained the group through various successor incarnations of Jefferson Starship. Kantner has the longest continuous membership with the band; at times he was the only founding member still in the band from the original Jefferson Airplane lineup.  Check Kantner from this past summer playing with a new incarnation of Jefferson Starship.

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