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Jefferson Airplane drummer dies in crash

Thursday 6 Jun 2013 12:50 p.m.

Joey Covington, in a photo on his website

Joey Covington, in a photo on his website

Rocker Joey Covington has died in a car accident in California.

The 67-year-old Jefferson Airplane drummer lost control of his sedan and slammed into a wall in Palm Springs on TuesdaY, according to a local TV report.

Covington, the only passenger, was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The star was one of the founding members of blues-rock band Hot Tuna, alongside Jefferson Airplane members Jack Casady and Jorma Kaukonen. He rejoined them in Jefferson Airplane and played on the album Volunteers before replacing Spencer Dryden in 1970.

He also featured on the Jefferson Airplane albums Bark and Long John Silver, and co-wrote the single 'With Your Love'.

Covington left the band in 1972 to carve out a solo career.


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