Marty Balin, Founding Member of Jefferson Airplane & Jefferson Starship, Dies at 76

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Marty Balin, who was greatest often called the guitarist and lead vocalist of Jefferson Airplane and the songwriter for Jefferson Starship, died on Thursday (Sept. 27), Billboard has confirmed although the reason for dying remains to be unknown. He was 76.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Lifetime Award recipient co-wrote 5 songs on Jefferson Airplane's breakthrough album Surrealistic Pillow. He wrote among the group's greatest tunes reminiscent of “It’s No Secret,” “Today,” “Comin’ Back To Me,” “Plastic Fantastic Lover,” “Share a Little Joke” and “Volunteers.” The San Francisco Bay Area artist stop the group a few 12 months later and joined Jefferson Starship in 1974. In 1978, he launched a solo profession earlier than returning to Jefferson Starship from 2004 to 2008.

"Marty and I shared the deepest of affection—he usually referred to as it Nirvana—and it was," Balin's spouse Susan mentioned in an announcement. "But actually, we have been all touched by his love. His presence will probably be inside my total being endlessly."

Balin is survived by his spouse, daughters Jennifer Edwards and Delaney Balin, and stepdaughters Rebekah Geier and Moriah Geier.