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Original Jefferson Airplane Vocalist Signe Toly Anderson Has Died

Written by Emmy Mack on February 1, 2016

Signe Toly Anderson, the original vocalist for American psych rock pioneers Jefferson Airplane, has passed away at the age of 74.

According to an obituary on Psychedelic Sight, Anderson had been battling a series of health issues and recently entered hospice care.

Coincidentally, Anderson also died on the same day as her former bandmate, Paul Kantner, who passed away on January 28th after suffering multiple organ failure and septic shock. He was also 74.

In a statement (via Consequence Of Sound), Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin shared some heartfelt words about the pair: “One sweet Lady has passed on. I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said ‘Hey what are you doing here? Let’s start a band’,” she said.

Anderson joined Jefferson Airplane shortly after their formation in 1965 and recorded lead vocals on their debut album, Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. However, following the birth of her first child, she departed the band and was replaced by Grace Slick.

Check out their song Chauffeur Blues, featuring Anderson on vocals, below.

Listen: Jefferson Airplane – Chauffeur Blues

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