Jefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington dies in Palm Springs accident

By Cathy Maestri

jcovington-060613.jpgJefferson Airplane drummer Joey Covington died Tuesday in a single-car crash in Palm Springs, according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s office.

Covington’s car left South Belardo Road just west of Palm Canyon Drive shortly before 5 p.m. and hit a retaining wall head-on, according to the coroner. Covington, 67, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Palm Springs Police Department is investigating.

Covington played with a number of Bay Area bands in the 1970s, including Pacific Gas & Electric, Hot Tuna, Jefferson Airplane and later Jefferson Starship.

According to the biography on his website, Covington was 10 when he started playing with polka bands, under his parents’ supervision, in Pennsylvania; his parents didn’t know he started accompanying strippers at 14. At 20 he headed to New York and was soon playing for the likes of the Shangri-Las, the Supremes, the Shirelles and Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

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