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Joey Covington, Jefferson Airplane drummer, dead at 67

By Dan Reilly

Joey Covington, a drummer who played with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna, died yesterday in a car accident in Palm Springs, California. He was 67.

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According to a local CBS news station, Covington's sedan slammed into a wall on the side of the road, shutting down traffic for several hours. Police reported that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene following attempts to revive him. He was the only passenger.

A self-taught drummer, Covington helped found Hot Tuna in 1969 with Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady, Jorma Kaukonen and Paul Kantner while Airplane singer Grace Slick was recovering from surgery. That same year, he provided percussion for Jefferson Airplane's "Volunteers" album; he took over full-time drumming duties in 1970 when Spencer Dryden quit the group.

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Covington later played on the albums "Bark," for which he co-wrote "Pretty as You Feel," and "Long John Silver," though he quit halfway through the recording sessions. In 1976, he co-wrote Jefferson Starship's "With Your Love," a single that peaked at No. 12 on the charts.

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Jun 6, 2013 12:12PM

My thoughts and prayersgo out  to Joey's family esp[ecially his wife Laura, seen here

RIP Joey, thanks for the great moments!!
Jun 5, 2013 10:11PM
"Someone ... is No One" and always will be.

The second concert that I ever went to was a Jefferson Airplane show. They had two drummers that night, in Dallas. They were working Joey into the line up. What a great show! My mind lost it's innocence that night. What a way to go! RIP Joey Covington

Jun 5, 2013 9:34PM
Someone, you're an idiot! You're a waste of oxygen you moron. Go play loops on your drum machine.
Jun 5, 2013 7:56PM
Why all the hate here?  I'll admit that in my opinion Joey was not the Airplane's best drummer, and certainly not their best singer. But he was a person, just like the rest of us, with his own unique life.  He deserves to be remembered for it. Odds are that Rolling Stone would never write about us when we die. Give the man some respect! Would you or your survivors want people to write this crap about you? 
Jun 5, 2013 7:40PM
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