Paul Kantner, a founding member, guitarist and singer for Jefferson Airplane and Starship, died on 28 January 2016 at the age of 74. He was one of the giants of the San Francisco music scene and was a a star performer of Jefferson Airplane, an American rock band formed in in 1965. The band scored hits with "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit." A guitar player and vocalist he was longest continuous membership with the band. His demise was mourned by his band members and fans.
Born on March 17th, 1941 in San Francisco, Paul Lorin Kantner was son of Cora Lee (Fortier) and Paul Schell Kantner. He along with Marty Balin co-found a new band, Jefferson Airplane. Soon the “folk-rock” band attracted sizable fans. The rock band performances at Monterey (1967), Woodstock (1969) and Altamont (1969) elevated its status, making it achieve the desired success. He pen down many Airplane's early songs, including the chart hits "The Ballad of You and Me and Pooneil", "Watch Her Ride", "Crown of Creation", and the controversial "We Can Be Together". Hits like "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit", found place in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
The band plagued by intra-group fighting was left by many of its members, but Kantner remained part of the group when they changed their name to Jefferson Starship. In years to come he got associated with "The KBC Band" which included his former friends like Marty Balin, and Jack Casady. Kantner died in San Francisco and is survived by three children, sons Gareth and Alexander, and daughter China.
Children: Gareth, Alexander and daughter China
(FAN OF Mr. PAUL KANTNER)
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