Exposé Online banner

Marty Balin RIP

One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship.

by Jon Davis, Published 2018-09-29

Marty BalinMartyn Jerel Buchwald was born January 30, 1942 in Cincinnati, Ohio, and in the early 60s began a career as a folk singer, initially as a solo artist and then with The Town Criers. In 1965, he got together with Paul Kantner (guitar), Signe Toly Anderson (vocals), Jorma Kaukonen (guitar), Jerry Peloquin (drums), and Bob Harvey (acoustic bass) as the house band at The Matrix, taking the name Jefferson Airplane. Peloquin and Harvey soon departed, being replaced by Skip Spence (drums) and Jack Casady (bass) to form the lineup which recorded the band's first album.

Balin stayed with the group until 1971, when he left, spending time working with a number of other California bands. In 1975 he rejoined some of his old bandmates in Jefferson Starship, first as a guest then as a full member. He left that group abruptly in 1978. The remainder of his career featured solo releases and occasional work with Jefferson Starship; the mid-80s saw Balin together with Kantner and Casady as the KBC Band.

Balin died September 27, 2018, aged 76.


Filed under: Obituaries

Related artist(s): Jefferson Airplane / Starship

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Anyone's Daughter - First Five Reissued – Anyone's Daughter was one of a group of late 70s German symphonic bands who brought forth a highly melodic rock, colorful and saturated with emotion. Their vocal harmonies were strong, and...  (1993) » Read more

Dzyan - Time Machine – Sometime during the cosmic period of German rock, when bands like Ash Ra Tempel, Amon Düül and Tangerine Dream flourished, there was Dzyan — who were busy forging their own cosmic...  (1994) » Read more

Dose - Dose – Not sure what to make of this one. Instrumental five-piece of guitar, bass, keys, and drums with flute and sax. All musicians very talented. No original compositions, just covers of Joe Satriani,...  (2001) » Read more

Cast - Beyond Reality – If anything, Cast are at least one of the best when it comes to promoting and marketing their music. A hundred "progressive" bands could learn a lot from the way they do things as...  (1997) » Read more

Liquid Tension Experiment - Liquid Tension Experiment – Having lost interest in Dream Theater after their second album many years ago, this writer wasn’t certain what to expect from an instrumental collaboration between two guys from that band...  (1998) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues