So sad. The percussionist of the iconic 60s band Jefferson Airplane was killed on June 4 in a deadly car crash in Palm Springs, Calif. Joey was 67 years old.
Joey Covington, the longtime drummer of Jefferson Airplane, died tragically on June 4 in California when his car went off the road and collided head-on into a retaining wall.
Joey Covington Dies At 67
The 67-year-old drummer was not wearing a seatbelt during his accident and no other cars were involved, the Desert Sun reports. The vehicle reportedly hit a wall with such force that it went flying into an elevated driveway several feet above the crash site.
A guest of a nearby hotel tried to resuscitate the musician but was unsuccessful — Joey died at the scene of the crash.
Police do not believe that drugs or alcohol were involved. A friend of the drummer’s told the Desert Sun that Joey’s wife believes that either a stroke or heart attack caused him to drive off the road.
Joey’s work with Jefferson Airplane is iconic and an important part of the 60s music movement. Their songs like “Somebody To Love” and “White Rabbit” are some of the most noted songs of the era. Besides playing drums for Jefferson Airplane, Joey also played for its successor Jefferson Starship, and he co-founded the rock-blues band Hot Tuna.
Talking to the Desert Sun, fellow 60s drummer Alvin Taylor had only fond memories. “Joey was just down-to-earth, the most honest person,” he said, “loving, just a very kind, considerate, jovial person.”
Our thoughts are with Joey’s friends and family as they deal with this traumatic experience.
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— Andrew Gruttadaro