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MARTY BALIN OF THE JEFFERSON AIRPLANE HAS PASSED AWAY

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Marty Balin of the JEFFERSON AIRPLANE  has passed away on September 28th of 2018 at age 76. Marty had a beautiful voice that should not be forgotten.  MARTY went through an unsuccessful heart bypass two years ago.  His health caught up with him.

Here is a wonderful song penned and sung by Marty , which is TODAY.

 

 

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I heard “Runaway” from 1978 today on the radio. One of Jefferson Starship’s lesser hits but still a great song. He had a memorable voice.

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I have six Jefferson Airplane songs in my iTunes collection: "Somebody to Love", "Today", "White Rabbit", "The Ballad of You & Me & Pooneil", "Wild Tyme" and "Greasy Heart". Grace Slick gets most of the attention, but Marty definitely wrote and sang a beautiful song with "Today".

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Balin wrote "Miracles" and was the lead vocalist for the song, which was a 1975 hit for Jefferson Starship." It peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard pop chart.

 

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I had the opportunity to see a Jefferson Starship incarnation back in 1998 in Reno, Nv. They played at the El Dorado Casino showroom, and it was sold out. Both Marty Balin and Paul Kantner were part of this tour.

I was really surprised by how good they were, as I had seen footage of their performances from recent years and they sounded kind of clustered and off.

As with most singers when they age, Balin had definite trouble reaching for the high notes in the songs and would sound a little sharp, but his phrasing, timing, and witty banter between songs were spot on.

After the show, my husband and I were wandering around the casino for a bit, then as we were leaving and taking the escalator from the showroom to the next floor,  I mentioned this to him. My husband agreed, but (jokingly) put his hands over his ears and said "Some of those notes, though, yikes!"

Well, I took a glance at the gentleman and lady who were directly in front of us on that crowded escalator, and the man was Marty Balin. My heart nearly skipped a beat! He had to have heard us. I poked my husband with my elbow and discretely pointed to Balin, and my husband put his hand over his mouth. I wanted to apologize badly, but he didn't know we knew it was him, and obviously he was just having a good time in the casino ( until then. :( )

I've always felt so guilty about that. I know performers are used to all kinds of reactions from their audiences, but I'm not the type to voice a performer's flaws (especially not in public.)

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It was sad to hear even though I was never really that big of an Airplane "fan" ( and too, never one of those hippies who thought of them as the ultimate '60's rock band) ,  but they (with him) did do some nice stuff.  And I'm actually( as I think Marty too would be...) Sadder at this weekend's passing of blues legend OTIS RUSH, who died at age 83.  :(

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On 9/30/2018 at 5:34 PM, arpirose said:

Marty Balin of the JEFFERSON AIRPLANE  has passed away on September 28th of 2018 at age 76. Marty had a beautiful voice that should not be forgotten.  MARTY went through an unsuccessful heart bypass two years ago.  His health caught up with him.

Here is a wonderful song penned and sung by Marty , which is TODAY.

 

 

I had not heard of this sad news. 

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9 hours ago, Sepiatone said:

It was sad to hear even though I was never really that big of an Airplane "fan" ( and too, never one of those hippies who thought of them as the ultimate '60's rock band) ,  but they (with him) did do some nice stuff.  And I'm actually( as I think Marty too would be...) Sadder at this weekend's passing of blues legend OTIS RUSH, who died at age 83.  :(

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Wow, that one went very underreported, apparently! I have his big hit,  "I Can't Quit You, Baby," in my iTunes collection. He was only 21 when he recorded that song, but his world-weary voice makes it sound like he could have been three times that age.

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"I Can't Quit You, Baby" has been covered by many of the latter day white "bluesmen" like JOHN MAYALL, ERIC CLAPTON, MIKE BLOOMFIELD and PAUL BUTTERFIELD, and I think JOHNNY WINTER did a "cover" of it as well.

I have the Clapton and Mayall AND a recording of it on some "collection" LP by Otis as well.  ;) 

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For me Marty Balin was a bit of a personal loss - "With Your Love" is one of DH and mine, "our songs" and it really did not help that poor Marty died one year after Tom Petty died (another personal loss). I never had the opportunity to see Jefferson Airplane perform - Marty was founder of the band and I preferred him over Grace Slick for many reasons: songwriting talent, singing, band presence. His solo hit "Hearts" from 1981 was from when I was a freshman in high school. He really did have a very distinctive, beautiful voice. RIP

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On 10/12/2018 at 9:44 PM, MaryGH said:

His solo hit "Hearts" from 1981 was from when I was a freshman in high school. He really did have a very distinctive, beautiful voice. RIP

I recall that solo hit as well. Today and Comin Back To Me from Surrealistic Pillow are two of the most beautiful songs ever. The Airplane/Starship was never as good without him.

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