Jefferson Airplane's Paul Kantner Dead At 74

(hennemusic) Jefferson Airplane guitarist Paul Kantner died Thursday at the age of 74. The San Francisco Chronicle reports Kantner passed away from multiple organ failure and septic shock following a heart attack earlier this week.

The guitarist had a string of health problems in recent years, including a heart attack in March of last year. Guitarist Marty Balin co-founded Jefferson Airplane with Kanter in San Francisco in 1965. The group released their debut, "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off", in the summer of 1966 to little fanfare.

The addition of singer Grace Slick in 1966 and their second album, 1967's "Surrealistic Pillow", helped pioneer the Bay Area counterculture psychedelic rock scene referred to as the "San Francisco sound" during the "Summer Of Love."

A pair of US Top 10 singles - "Somebody To Love" and "White Rabbit" - delivered the group their commercial breakthrough as the album reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200. Read more here.

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