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Jefferson Airplane

Drummer Killed

In Car Accident

6/6/2013 9:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joey Covington
-- who played drums for the psychedelic 1960s band Jefferson Airplane -- was killed in Palm Springs Tuesday in a deadly car accident. He was 67.

According to the Desert Sun, Covington was driving alone around 5pm when his Honda Civic left the road and crashed head-on into a retaining wall. The Riverside County coroner's report says Covington was not wearing a seat belt at the time. No other car was involved.

Covington's vehicle reportedly hit the wall with such force ... it went flying onto an elevated driveway several feet above the crash site, where a nearby motel guest tried to resuscitate the musician.

The bystander was unsuccessful and Covington died at the scene. Police don’t believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

One of Covington's close friends told the Desert Sun, the drummer's wife believes a heart attack or stroke caused him to drive off the road.

In addition to playing for Jefferson Airplane -- known for songs "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit" -- Covington also played for its successor band Jefferson Starship, and co-founded the rock-blues band Hot Tuna.

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phil osopher    

Joey, you will be missed by your friends... my thoughts go out to the family.

483 days ago
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Edward Garza    

Never heard of Joey Covington. Was in in the Jefferson Airplane?

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TAK    

To the family, so sorry for your loss.

483 days ago
19.

ML    

An I would hate to buy it in a ****ty Honda Civic!

483 days ago
20.

Chuckie    

So sad. The Airplane was one of the greatest of the "Love Generation" bands. Condolences to Joey's family and friends.

483 days ago
21.

Chuckie    

Actually, Joey came on after "Surrealistic Pillow" and played with Hot Tuna and the eventual Starship. Typical HP amateur reporting.
Condolences to his family and friends.

483 days ago
22.

slpatgun    

He did not co-found Hot Tuna...........Get your facts right please..............:-(

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harleyharlett    

"Covington replaced Spencer Dryden as the Airplane's drummer from 1970-72. Before that, he was with the Airplane offshoot Hot Tuna and played congas on the 1969 Airplane album "Volunteers."

Covington co-wrote several Airplane songs, including "Pretty as You Feel" and the 1976 tune "With Your Love.""

here are his real credits http://www.allmusic.com/artist/joey-covington-mn0000174313

483 days ago
24.

Vote2012    

I remember as a young kid watching Joey play drums in a band at the Battle of the Bands at the War Memorial in Johnstown Pa. He will always be remembered as a hometown hero in Johnstown Pa.

483 days ago
25.

HELLRAISER    

Condolences to Family, Friends and Fans.
R.I.P. Joey

483 days ago
26.

jj    

He was one of the great rock drummers of all time. RIP

483 days ago
27.

JT    

Sad way to go but Jefferson Airplane will always live on.

483 days ago
28.

Steven Gendron    

He was a good friend, I,ll miss you Joe.

483 days ago
29.

DrDeMarzo    

Rest in peace, but, for the record, he didn't play on any of their hits.

483 days ago
30.

rose    

If you knew the old coffee house, Unicorn Coffee House in Boston back around 1964 or so you could see the Jefferson Airplance for less than the price of a big mug of coffee there which was $1.00
Arlo Guthrie, Phil Ochs as well during that early Vietnam War time, in history.

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